How to lead like a Jesuit

03/22/2013 | Harvard Business Review online

Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit religious order, had a few tricks up his sleeve, writes seminarian-turned-JP Morgan exec Chris Lowney. One of the saint's best ideas was his notion of the "examen" -- "a mental pit-stop" during which Jesuits are encouraged to pause, take stock of their day and refocus on their broader goals. "Popes, Jesuits, and JP Morgan executives have lots on their plates each day. We might cope better with our 21st [century] challenges by adopting a best practice from a 16th century saint," Lowney asserts.

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