From the President

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Empathy Gap »

October 30, 2013

In an essay from “The Great Divide,” the New York Times series on inequality, Daniel Goleman concludes that “reducing the economic gap may be impossible without addressing the gap in empathy.” Goleman, the author of “Emotional Intelligence,” cites research suggesting that financial differences create behavioral differences.

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No Right to Wants »

September 30, 2013

The third Nollau Institute retreat for the class of 2013 took place in mid-September. The topic of this session was “Forming Faithful Cultures: The Product of Leadership.” Faithful organizational cultures have everything to do with the integrity of leadership and adherence to the formal and informal covenants that bind people together in values-driven pursuit of the mission of the organization.

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Love Endures All Things »

August 29, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, the NBC Nightly News carried a story about gun violence on Chicago’s South Side and the men and women of CHHSM member Advocate Christ Medical Center’s emergency department who saw nearly 1,100 gunshot and stabbing victims in the last year.

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Summer Reading »

July 26, 2013

In July and August, students in CHHSM’s Nollau Institute are writing and discussing online and in video conferences reviews of leadership books that our faculties have recommended over the years. The practice of sharing book reviews is an effective way to leverage learning for everyone through a learning community, or in current academic parlance, a community of practice.

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No One Terms Out! »

June 27, 2013

Recently I conducted a survey of CHHSM CEOs asking how long they had held their current positions. Thirty-four or about 50 percent of CHHSM executives have been in their role for more than 10 years. Of that group, 17 have served for more than 15 years. This cohort of leaders represents a powerful pool of historical memory and management savvy.

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Included, Indeed! »

May 30, 2013

In less than a month, the 29th biennial General Synod of the United Church of Christ will convene in Long Beach, Calif. Much of this issue of Diakonie is devoted to sharing the ways in which CHHSM will be present at the Synod. Because this is CHHSM’s 75th anniversary year, we are making a special effort to the tell the CHHSM story to some 700 delegates and more than 2,000 visitors who will attend.

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