Clergy-Penitent Privilege • Encouraging Risk-Taking • Thin Management Talent: Management Roundup
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    Clergy-Penitent Privilege • Encouraging Risk-Taking • Thin Management Talent: Management Roundup

    1. When does communication with a minister become privileged? "A minister (or court) may need to ascertain the objective of a conversation in determining whether a communication is privileged. Was the minister sought out primarily for spiritual advice? Were the statements of a type that could have been made to anyone? Where did the conversation take place? Was the conversation pursuant to a scheduled appointment? What was the relationship between the minister and the person making the communication? These are the kinds of questions which help to clarify the purpose of a particular conversation, thereby determining the availability of the privilege. The applicability of the privilege can be enhanced if a minister simply asks a person during a counseling session whether he or she intends for the conversation to be privileged and confidential. If the counselee responds affirmatively, then there is little doubt that the courts will conclude that the privilege applies. Ministers should bear this point in mind in the course of their counseling" (Essential Guide to Law and Tax for New Ministers, by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com).

    2. Encourage your team to take more risks. "Innovation requires a tolerance for risk-taking and learning from failure. Yet many [organizations] still have risk-averse cultures. Break out of this … by being more explicit about what risk-taking really means:

    • Define smart risk. Distinguish the areas where risk is encouraged, and where it is not.
    • Use the right words. Terms like 'experiment' or 'scouting mission,' as opposed to 'successful vs. unsuccessful project,' signal a more open attitude toward risk.
    • Establish clear phases for funding projects. Stop providing blank checks. Fund each project in clearly defined phases. If it passes one phase, give it additional funding"

    ("The Reason Your Team Won't Take Risks," by Ron Ashkenas and Lisa Bodell, hbr.org).

    3. Recall past success to build confidence. "It is only when you are aware of your competence that you become confident. Think of a past success that filled you with pride and a high sense of achievement. Then recall the feeling of power and certainty you felt. Remember or imagine how you looked and sounded. Recalling that genuine emotion will help you embody it as you enter a meeting room" ("5 Ways to Project Confidence," by Carol Kinsey Goman, amanet.org).

    4. Talented managers are a rare breed. "Gallup's research shows that about 1 in 10 people possess high talent to manage. Though many people have some of the necessary traits, few have the unique combination of talent needed to help a team achieve the kind of excellence that significantly improves a company's performance" ("Only One in Ten People Possess the Talent to Manage," by Amy Adkins, gallup.com).

    5. Let them eat chocolate. "It's universally acknowledged that, for the vast majority of us, afternoon just isn't the most productive time of the day. (P)rescriptions on how to beat it vary. Naps are one oft-touted suggestion, but … they're just not practical for lots of folks. … (W)hat's the next best solution? I am happy to report that, according to a new study, it might just be to eat more chocolate" ("Science Says That This is The Perfect Antidote to the Afternoon Slump," by Jessica Stillman, inc.com).

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