Kresta in the Afternoon – February 5, 2010 – Hour 1

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    Live From the Legatus Summit in Dana Point, CA

    First Topic – How a Constructive Culture Drives Good Performance and Good Ethics

    Three decades ago, Robert Spitzer S.J., Ph.D., began extensive research and testing of leaders and organizations, spanning four continents. He became a teacher and consultant for many large and small companies while founding ethics institutes at Seattle University and Gonzaga University, where he served as president from 1998 to 2009. In 2003, he was joined by a team of seasoned CEOs to launch a new institute that would take these earlier successes to an entirely new level. Recognizing the compelling intersection of ethics and effective leadership, these directors named it the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership – a one-stop entity for his collected works in the fields of philosophy, psychology, organizational development, and management science. We talk with Fr. Spitzer about how a constructive culture drives good performance and good ethics in business.

    Second Topic – 7 Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope

    When the odds were stacked against us, and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed, did God intervene to save us? That question, posed by authors Chris and Ted Stewart, is the foundation for this remarkable book. And the examples they cite provide compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions. Despite our faults, this nation is still the last, best hope of earth." In short, God still cares what happens here. This reassuring message is a bright light in a world that longs for such hope. Chris Stewart is with us.

    Third Topic – The Papal Foundation

    Around the world, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, Mexico, South America… there is a severe need. The Papal Foundation grants support the world’s poor, sick, and infirmed through the construction and operation of shelters for homeless adults and children, hospitals and other health facilities, the reconstruction of destroyed churches, the construction of seminaries and retreat houses, providing relief for victims of natural disasters, strengthening services for refugees and migrants, providing funding to pro-life programs, and residences for elderly priests and religious. All of these are gifts to the Church in areas of tremendous need. We talk with their Vice-President Jim Coffey.

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