As they say. In the company you do not talk about politics, money and religion. Just religion still seems to be a taboo topic. At the same time, questions and concepts are being developed in various areas that bring together the beliefs and management approaches in order to stimulate the daily business.

Business: Think and act in an integrative way

IUNCTUS – the Center of Competence for Christian Spirituality – at the Order of the Capuchin Friars Minor in Münster, raises exactly this question: what impulses does the belief for employability in business provide? 

What does a comprehensive leadership quality need today? Elements such as the capacity for conscious reflection and value-oriented action become central aspects of the employability of managers today. The question of “how do I lead myself” is a prerequisite for dealing with others and the available resources in a responsible way. For this it needs a solid foundation as it can be anchored in the faith, for example. The aim is therefore to become aware of his personal sources, values and abilities.

What conception of man do I have and how can I transfer this into positive social relationships? How do I deal with failure? What gives me orientation in complex and confusing times? Personal beliefs can be orientation and corrective to these questions. Important is the two questions: who am I? and what am I doing? Actions are derived from a reflective attitude. These questions have to be connected. Otherwise, it remains with a loose juxtaposition of faith and leadership. The approach of IUNCTUS is to create an environment that will allow managers to reflect on their beliefs and experiences. The goal is to make the managers aware that their own value foundation is the source of their own actions.

Impulses of the Franciscan tradition in a religious Business

How an integrative transfer of values can work in practice is shown by the Franciscan religious tradition. The gospel is the spiritual foundation for all members of the Order in the world. Elements such as serving, mercy, meeting people at eye level, finding out their own identity and being always in the process, characteristic of the Franciscan Order. At the same time, these values underpin the existence and development of health and social organizations and their members. A so-called-best practice for the connection of faith and business. The experiences of the Franciscan tradition could be an inspiration for managers to a lived-out faith.

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