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Articles Archive for February 2009

Become A Better Person

[24 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Spring Hill College President Fr. Gregory Lucey S.J. recommended the book to me when I visited my daughter who attends the school. The book describes four tenets of Jesuit leadership. Those are:

• self-awareness,
• embracing change,
• striving to serve others, and
• heroic ambition.

The author Chris Lowney is a former Jesuit who after having left the Jesuits became an investment banker at J.P.Morgan. He describes the formula used since the time of St. Ignatius to train and sustain the men of that order. And it was critical to the order and their mission of …

Become A Better Person

[24 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 8 Comments | ]
Job Seekers: Never Eat Alone Guides My Networking Approach

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Keith Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time was recommended to me several years back by a fellow salesman that attended my lead sharing group. Ferrazzi is a great writer vividly describing how his father enabled him to break with his blue collar background by networking profusely on his behalf. Ferrazzi ended up attending a prep school well beyond his parents means, gaining the benefits that come by knowing the well off parents of his peers (he became a caddy), attending Yale …

Become A Better Person

[23 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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In the summer of 2006, I took a director-level IT position.  I was returning to management after six years in software development and other technical roles.  For a while, I there I depended on my technical skills.  I kept myself current through a lot of reading and research which had led me to several well respected certifications.
Since that approach had worked before, I figured why not do the same for my new role.  So I committed myself to a research project aimed at becoming the best leader.  I could become …

Become A Better Person

[23 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 4 Comments | ]

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In the summer of 2006, I took a director-level IT position. It was a return to management after six years of serving in software development and other technical roles. Up until then, I had depended heavily upon my technical skills and kept myself current through a lot of reading and research which had led me to several well respected certifications.
Since that approach had worked for me before, I committed myself to a reading and research project aimed at enhancing my leadership skills. My goal was to become as knowledgeable …

Become A Better Person

[20 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 6 Comments | ]

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Around the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I ran into a copy of a novena. If you aren’t familiar with novenas, you typically say the prayers for nine days making a specific request or prayer intention. Here is the text for this one:

 
Novena Prayer
Oh Immaculate Virgin Mary, preserved from the slightest stain of sin, and enriched with all the treasures of divine grace. I thank you for the many blessings I have received through your most powerful intercession. You know my needs, my trails, my sufferings. Mother of mercy, …

Become A Better Person

[20 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]

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I read this book the first time in 2001 and it changed me. Based upon the writings of Catholic monk Thomas Merton, it helped me see that we live in God’s presence all the time so prayer is not so much a reaching out to God (because He is already here), but a melting away of a mist (frequently made up of our highly driven minds) preventing us from becoming moment-by-moment aware of God’s awesome presence.
In the book, the author states, “Prayer without words is not so much expressing our …