As we launch the GCLG blog, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little bit of my story with you.
The year 2014 marks some interesting milestones for me. I've now spent half of my life post-college. And in those 22 post-college years, I have concentrated on business pursuits for half of those years and working/studying for the Church for half of those years. It was certainly interesting when I saw these numbers for the first time and concluded that this year was a pivotal one for me in many ways.
Throughout my post-college and then adult life, which included two years in seminary formation, I have always considered myself a Catholic business executive. I love my faith and I love business, particularly the art of leadership and the practice of management.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to discern what I thought I should do in the next phase of my professional life. At first, many friends encouraged me to return to business leadership, sensing that I would benefit from doing something different from the Church management roles I had over the past eight years. Then I asked several friends and family members a question that a mentor suggested: "Given all my experiences, skills and interests, what do you see me doing now that you think would be the best fit for me?"
The vast majority of my friends suggested that I should help Catholic organizations identify leaders, train/coach them to be successful, and then to consult with these organziations and leaders when they need some strategic consulting. They remarked that my business training and experience, combined with my Church leadership experience and passion for growing the Church, and finally my strong desire to help other lay executives transition into Church leadership roles would make me a natural Catholic executive recruiter, coach and consultant. They were right in that these roles are natural for me - every career assessment tool I've ever taken have suggested these roles for me!
The more I discussed the concept of what has now become Good Catholic Leadership Group with others, prayed about it, and considered all the aspects of starting a new firm, the stronger my desire to launch it became. I've been blessed by the experiences of transitioning from my business executive role into a Church leadership position. Through my work, I hope to help other Catholic executives to realize the joy of helping to advance the mission of the Church as their full-time work.
If you know of Catholic executives that might be interested, some day, in providing leadership to the Church, please encourage them to contact me.
If you know of any Catholic organizations and institutions who are seeking to find the right leaders to build out their executive team, please tell them about Good Catholic Leadership Group.