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Episode Info: Michael Parise was a Catholic priest for over 32 years, serving as a pastor, spiritual director, pastoral counselor, teacher, mentor, healer, and also a published author, and artist. Michael is currently a Life & Spirit Coach certified in spiritual direction, stress reduction, and trauma recovery. Michael specializes in helping executives and professionals drowning in personal responsibilities. Michael helps them take charge of their priorities, and simplify their lives, so they have more balance and joy. Kurt and Michael discuss Michael’s latest book, Life Interrupted, and some of the steps it teaches to help you deal with change positively. They discuss organizational culture, and how discipleship contrasts with the traditional hierarchy of most organizations. Listen in to hear how you can help people in your organization manage personal and business change.   Key Takeaways: [3:54] Michael’s new book, Life Interrupted, addresses coping with radical change. First, feel it. Explore your emotional, and spiritual reaction. Find a confidant to listen and support your feelings. [5:38] The second step is to describe the change. Is it external, or internal? Is it your fault? Is it someone else’s problem that affects you? Identify the content of the change. Then, get a strategy. Re-write your resume. Invest in yourself, with coaching, or counseling. Talk to a clergyperson. [7:59] Michael reveals radical changes in his life. To get yourself unstuck, reflect upon who you are in your heart. What would you really want, if there were no obstacles? Dream big, and say it out loud. Discuss the impact it would have on others, or on your health. [13:44] The third step is to identify the restrictions that will come your way, and what you will do about them. Michael makes suggestions about how to proceed. [16:03] Michael discusses the ‘tyranny of the job description’, which commodifies employees and prospective employees by the production they must provide. Michael suggests another view. [20:35] Michael describes the positive and negative aspects of assessments. After taking the assessment, it can best be used by talking it through with a coach. Confidential coaches, provided by the business, can help direct the employee on their best path.Read more »

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