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Benedictine in the Workplace

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Slides from a morning retreat / workshop focusing on using the practices and spirituality of the Benedictine monastic way of life in the modern organization.

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Benedictine in the Workplace

  1. 1. Benedictine in the Workplace: Wisdom for Organizational Life Sister Edith Bogue, OSB Center for Spirituality & Enrichment St. Scholastica Monastery 12 April 2018 http://bit.ly/BenWorkplace
  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 & WORKPLACE OVERVIEW https://www.incimages.com/uploaded_files/image/1940x900/getty_496854935_2000130620009280199_64612.jpg
  4. 4. 4 Monastery Work ▪ Focused and unrushed ▪ Quiet and peaceful ▪ Supportive environment ▪ Community-oriented workplace ▪ Lack of tempers, politics, laziness, or disrespect Workplace / Organizations ▪ Multi-tasking and hurried ▪ Bustling, with hubbub ▪ Competitive environment ▪ Productivity-oriented workplace ▪ Open to tempers, politics, laziness, disrespect Contrasting Assumptions
  5. 5. 5 Lots of “fish” images about work ▪ Big fish, little fish ▪ Big pond, little pond ▪ Sharks https://torange.biz/fx/74746
  6. 6. 6 Lots of “fish” images about work ▪ Big fish, little fish ▪ Big pond, little pond ▪ Sharks ▪ Bait and switch ▪ Swim with the sharks ▪ Fishing expedition ▪ Catch a big fish… ▪ Phishing… https://torange.biz/fx/74746
  7. 7. 7 ImagesfromtheABCtelevisionshow“TheSharkTank”
  8. 8. 8 ▪ Social change, mixing of old & new cultures ▪ Inequality and slavery ▪ Factions ▪ Senatorial family: learn the arts of rhetoric and manners of government frescofromSantaScolasticainNorcia Work Life in St. Benedict’s Era
  9. 9. 9 REALITIES OF ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE
  10. 10. 10 ▪ Frequent reorganization ▪ Few lifelong careers ▪ Team-based ▪ More technology ▪ Hierarchy ▪ Skills change ▪ Time pressured ▪ Lean, agile, competitive Modern Organizational Culture
  11. 11. 11 ▪ Time-tested techniques ▪ Long experience in the field (except surgeons and airline pilots) ▪ Stability in roles ▪ Cooperative spirit, or “community mindedness.” Less Valued
  12. 12. 12 ▪ Artificiality (branding) ▪ Uncertainty & insecurity ▪ Self-doubt ▪ Shallow relationships ▪ Meaninglessness Human Impact OkinawaChuraumiAquarium
  13. 13. 13 ▪ Self-seeking, not seeking God. ▪ Responds to opportunities, not people. ▪ Isolation. ▪ Emptiness. Spiritual Impacts
  14. 14. 14 BRINGING BENEDICT TO THE FISH TANK ParisAquarium
  15. 15. 15 ▪ 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. http://vultus.stblogs.org/S%20Benedetto%20Monaci%20a%20tavola.jpg Intentionality
  16. 16. 16 ▪ 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
  17. 17. 17 ▪ 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
  18. 18. 18 ▪ Long silence of the contemplatives. ▪ Short silences can be transformative. ▪ Silence can be focus on just one thing. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/- NumCwbpCwCE/VLkBxBGG_eI/AAAAAAAAAi4/xdnnkcdGYsM/s1600/guide%2Bto%2Ba%2B more%2Bpeaceful%2Blife.jpg Silence
  19. 19. 19 ▪ 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
  20. 20. 20 ▪ 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
  21. 21. 21 ▪ 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
  22. 22. 22 http://combiboilersleeds.com/picaso/humility/humility-1.html
  23. 23. 23 ▪ 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
  24. 24. 24 Dr.BrenéBrown,severalbooks
  25. 25. 25 GENERAL PRACTICES – GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  26. 26. 26 BUILDING BENEDICTINE COMMUNITY ANYWHERE ParisAquarium
  27. 27. 27 THE “BENEDICT OPTION” ParisAquarium–sleepoverwiththesharks
  28. 28. 2828 ▪ Emphasizes community within boundaries. ▪ Creates a space where values and practices are taught and thrive. ▪ Puts up barriers to encounter with “the world” as it is. ▪ Fails to even be a model, to be yeast to the culture it sees as so needy. Ultimately, not Benedictine TheBenedictOption–oneedition
  29. 29. 29 START SMALL https://www.hurawalhi.com/dining/undersea-restaurant/
  30. 30. 30 OkinawaChuraumiAquarium
  31. 31. Benedictine in the Workplace: Wisdom for Organizational Life Sister Edith Bogue, OSB Center for Spirituality & Enrichment St. Scholastica Monastery 12 April 2018 http://bit.ly/BenWorkplace

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