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Benedictine in the Shark Tank


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Benedictine values and practices can transform the nature of organizational life - even if there is only one person bringing them forward. Slides from a presentation for professionals in churches and other organizations.

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Benedictine in the Shark Tank

  1. 1. Benedictine in the Shark Tank: Wisdom for Organizational Life Sister Edith Bogue Benedictine Center St. Paul's Monastery 23 March 2017
  2. 2. 2 AdaptedfromaprayerofSt.ThomasAquinas O loving God, be with us this morning. Give us steadfast hearts which no unworthy affection may drag downwards. Give us courageous hearts which no tribulation can wear out. Give us hearts of integrity, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Impart to us also, O God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, a way of life to please you, and a faithfulness that may embrace you. We ask in your Holy Name, trusting in your love for us. Amen.
  3. 3. 3 INTRODUCTIONS & OVERVIEW OkinawaChuraumiAquarium
  4. 4. 4  Most of our life is spent in organizations.  We think in organizations.  Business ideas guide our identities.  We all “swim with the sharks.” Why the “Shark Tank”
  5. 5. 5 ImagesfromtheABCtelevisionshow“TheSharkTank”
  6. 6. 6  Social change, mixing of old & new cultures  Inequality  Factions  Senatorial family: learn the arts of rhetoric and manners of government frescofromSantaScolasticainNorcia Saint Benedict’s Era
  7. 7. 7 Shifts in Organizational Life
  8. 8. 8  Frequent reorganization  Few lifelong careers  Team-based  More technology  Less hierarchical  Skills change  Time pressured  Lean, agile, competitive Shifts in Organizational Culture
  9. 9. 9  Time-tested techniques  Long experience in the field (except surgeons and airline pilots)  Work traditions  Cooperative spirit Less Valued
  10. 10. 10  Artificiality (branding)  Uncertainty & insecurity  Self-doubt  Shallow relationships  Meaninglessness Human Impact OkinawaChuraumiAquarium
  11. 11. 11  Self-seeking, not seeking God.  Responds to opportunities, not people.  Isolation.  Emptiness. Spiritual Impacts
  12. 12. 12 BRINGING BENEDICT TO THE SHARKS ParisAquarium
  13. 13. 13  Work, participation from as sense of call.  Mission of the group is the common goal.  Well-being of all is part of the common goal. Intentionality
  14. 14. 14  As leader, in the person in charge.  As brother, in those we work or live with.  To serve in any with a need.  Within ourselves, as guide and lover. Encountering Christ
  15. 15. 15  Latin, to listen to someone.  Practiced by all. Leaders listen to the most junior.  When a decision has been made, work for its success even if you have doubts. Obedience
  16. 16. 16  Long silence of the contemplatives.  Short silences can be transformative.  Silence can be focus on just one thing. NumCwbpCwCE/VLkBxBGG_eI/AAAAAAAAAi4/xdnnkcdGYsM/s1600/guide%2Bto%2Ba%2B more%2Bpeaceful%2Blife.jpg Silence
  17. 17. 17  Mistaken for humiliation.  Almost unmentionable, yet a Fruit of the Spirit.  “Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis  Practiced and learned, not a trait or a talent.  “Living in truth” Michael Casey OCSO Humility
  18. 18. 18  True patience is rare. Much patience is fake.  We know patience when we give it, but not when we receive it.  A practice of forgiveness transforms a group. Patience and Forgiveness
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  20. 20. 20  Not in the Rule, yet found in monasteries.  Creating a space of beauty affects self and others.  Creativity and beauty are connections with a creating God. Beauty
  22. 22. 22 THE “BENEDICT OPTION” ParisAquarium–sleepoverwiththesharks
  23. 23. 23 START SMALL
  24. 24. 24 LOVING THE SHARKS OkinawaChuraumiAquarium
  25. 25. Benedictine in the Shark Tank: Wisdom for Organizational Life Sister Edith Bogue Benedictine Center St. Paul's Monastery 23 March 2017