Aquinas Institute President Fr. Dave Caron, O.P., stood with Dr. Robert Boyle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management and Assistant Dean of the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University, and William Brinkmann, former Ascension Health Executive and current Adjunct Professor for Aquinas Institute, following the March 18th Business of Life presentation on The Spirituality of Organizational Change. This presentation incorporated stories from the business world, as well as from the everyday lives of families and individuals.
While "change" is inevitable, both presenters encouraged the postures of deep listening and attention to the dignity of the human person as being key in times of acquisition or divestment. Some people look for what is new in order to follow change, while others deal with the layers of loss that come with change. Careful attention paid to the social, psycho and spiritual realities of change can make change more palatable.
"It is important for organizations that are downsizing to consider the assets and liabilities that employees have related to their timing, stage of life, job training opportunities, and stress management strategies," explains Boyle.
Tuesday's presentation, held at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, was the last in series of four presentations co-hosted by Aquinas Institute of Theology and the St. Louis University John Cook School of Business under the theme of Spirituality in the Workplace. The Business of Life series will start anew in Fall 2014.
(Pictured L-R): Fr. Dave Caron, O.P., Rob Boyle, Ph.D., and Bill Brinkmann