economy

The Joy Amidst the Disappointment

"The Ascension of Christ (Detail)" by Farofalo

What follows is a note I sent to a group of friends who I suspect felt a profound sense of sadness after the presidential election. I share it with you to offer a perspective that will help you see the very real blessing that God has given us, how He has answered our deepest prayers in permitting our disappointment. I […]

The Debt Ripple Effect

The headline jumped out at me: “Fed official says tax code provides incentives to carry debt.” For the past several years, the topic of debt has become increasingly important, for individuals, organizations, even nations. That headline got me thinking… regardless of the incentives, how should Catholics regard debt? It also hit me – we need to think about the “ripple […]

Generational Differences, Worried Parents and Jobs with Drive-Thru Windows

It is not a great time to be a recent college graduate in today’s job market.  As tough as it has been for more experienced workers, these young adults have had a much more difficult time finding full-time employment related to their education.  I have spoken to several 2009 graduates recently who have been looking for almost a year and […]

Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace

Like many of my fellow business leaders, I do my best to stay current.  I embrace social media, read the latest leadership books and stay abreast of trends in the marketplace.  And from a workplace perspective, there is one particular conversation topic in full discourse across the country—Generation Y in Corporate America. It should be. Over the next 15 years, […]

Did You Say You Need a Vacuum?

I live in Michigan which is, at this writing, the state suffering with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. We are surrounded by visual reminders of our condition: foreclosed homes everywhere, empty office buildings lining the streets and expressways, and a general atmosphere of despair in the air. Most of us don’t have any idea how or when this […]