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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Church's CEO Speaks Out: I'd like to hear what Leslie Gaines-Ross has to say about this, although she's in Japan and may have other things on her mind.

But Leslie has written extensively about the "first 100 days" of a CEO,and the importance of using that time for learning and listening. I know Pope Benedict has been "CEO" of the Roman Catholic church for a little more than 100 days, but his first encyclical is obviously an important milestone, an opportunity to communicate his vision for the organization he now leads.

Was this bold defense of love--most of it could have been written by a protestant, a Hindu, a Buddhist, or an atheist like me--a positive (deflecting criticism that he might be a hard-liner on some cultural issues) or anegative (so bland it's almost meaingless)?


  • At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Maybe you should go to the Vatican web site and read the document for yourself. Reading the New york Times for religion? That may expalin why you are an atheist.

    You should also read JPII's Splendor of Truth and Faith and Reason

  • At 2:07 AM, Blogger lgr said…

    Thanks for inviting me to respond. I am sitting here in the Narita Airport in Tokyo (amidst the smoke). Despite the NYTimes coverage of the new Pope's First 100 Days messaging, the big news here in Tokyo among the CEOs and people I spoke with is the arrested Livedoor CEO and tainted reputation of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. However, I have a few thoughts on how Pope Benedict utilized his opportunity to communicate during his First 100 Days. (Let's not forget that he eliminated Limbo in his first 100 days despite centuries of Church doctrine.)I actually like a lot of what he said. Before he became Pope, he had a reputation for being an arch conservative since he had been in charge of enforcing church orthodoxy. But like new CEOs, he is letting it be known that he is his own man and is distancing himself from the conservative label. In many ways he seems very open by making it clear that he is against imposing religion on anyone. He is Declaring What Matters (in my book on what new CEOs should do)by focusing on charity (a theme that Bono is espousing too!). He's shown himself to be very open minded in many ways and perhaps even modern. He is following other First 100 Day steps -- he is setting his agenda (charity and public good), explaining the new world order (separating himself from government), and listening carefully. He is also making clear that his prime stakeholder group will be the poor, an oft neglected constituency in any leader's first few months. It's a good start. Do wonder if he is worrying about his successor! Cheers from Tokyo.

  • At 3:18 AM, Blogger Paul A. Holmes said…

    Reader Jim may be confusing cause and effect: my atheism predates my exposure to The New York Times.

    If I had to attribute it to any literary source, I'd pick The Bible.


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