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We are What we Do. Or Not? Teaching and Coaching Practices and Tools in Addressing New Forms of Poverty and Injustice. Dr. Kenneth Mias Dr. Giovanna Czander Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY. A New Form of Poverty and Injustice

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We are What we Do. Or Not?Teaching and Coaching Practices and Tools in Addressing New Forms of Poverty and Injustice.

Dr. Kenneth Mias

Dr. Giovanna Czander

Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY


A New Form of Poverty and Injustice

  • 44% of graduates had jobs that didn’t require a college degree (2012)
  • Our culture leads us to identify with our careers
who are we becoming the subjective dimension of work
Who are we Becoming?(The Subjective Dimension of Work)

Watch your thoughts

they become words.

Watch your words

they become actions.

Watch your actions

they become habits.

Watch your habits

they become character.

Watch your character

It becomes your destiny.


Focus on The Whole Person

“Wojtvla was enormously interested in another person … he tried to accompany someone in their problems … he was open to revealing the humanity of another.”

“ … Wojtyla never pressed … the stress was always on personal responsibility – you can decide because you are capable of knowing the truth.”

”…. It was all a matter of “meeting someone wisely” ……”

George Weigel, The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II – The Victory of Freedom, The Last Years, the Legacy,

teaching and advising tools
Teaching and Advising Tools
  • The Journey
  • Culture Model
  • Reflection

Tool 2- Beyond Career to Calling*

What am I WORKING for ?


What am I RESTING for? (LEISURE)

What am I LIVING for?




















* Dr. Michael Naughton - Director, John A. Ryan Institute at Univ. of St. Thomas

work as career
Work as Career

Psychological Rewards (intrinsic motivations): self esteem, creativity, autonomous; personally satisfying (inherent values of work)

Productivity, Control and Competence Oriented

Career as a “vehicle” - to get from here to there – the next step

Leisure as Function

Rest is justified “to sharpen the saw” in order to be more productive

Sunday Afternoon Neurosis versus The Sabbath (the value of real rest)

Integration as Achievement

Identity focused on achievements and competition

Careerism: Doing over Being

work as vocation
Work as Vocation

“Vocare” – to “call”; a calling to give (transcendent motives):

To Be Human (Being)

To a State in Life (Belonging)

To a Particular Way of Work (Doing)

Work as Giving of Ourselves

Our gifts as reflected in a different set of motives:

From “Utility Maximizers” to Distributors of Justice

From “Human Resources or Capital” to Human Dignity

From Private Wealth to Common Goods

Catholic Social Principles at Work

leisure as contemplation
Leisure as Contemplation

We cannot give what we do not have, or have not received.

An act of “Receivement” based on habits of:

Solitude; Celebration; Service.

Not escape from the world, but to see it as it is.

Work as Vocation and Leisure as Contemplation provides the capacity for Integration!

Integration as Integrity

Integritas — to be whole, complete, unimpaired, not just balanced, but centered

Different roles in life but the same person!

Level 5 Leadership – Great Resolve & Humility

Identity, Meaning, Purpose


Tool 3 - Model of Culture*







Assumptions & Beliefs

* Adapted from the work of Dr. Edgar Schein – Prof. Emeritus at M.I.T. Sloan.


Model of Culture







Assumptions & Beliefs


Educating the Whole Person

Teaching Coaching


Coaching Practices

  • The Framework Components:
  • The Whole Person
  • The Journey
  • Job-Career-Vocation Framework
  • Culture Model
  • The Practical Components:
  • Transcripts; Resumes; Accomplishments
  • Psychological Surveys: Big Five; MBTI
  • Work-related Skills: Time Management; Setting Priorities; Communication; Stress Management
  • Decision Making and Discernment Skills
  • Story Telling and Reflection Skills

In Summary:

Meeting the whole person where they are

Accompanying them along their journey

Rising above the objective injustices

Discovery, Searching, Path-finding

Meaning, Purpose, Mission, Identity

“God created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it fully in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow, I am necessary to His purposes…I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught” - John Henry Newman

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” - St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church