VicPergola

About Vic Pergola

Vic has over 30 years of executive experience as senior manager and business owner for both for-profit and non-profit operations, including 20 years of consulting and counseling. He combines depth of character with exacting expertise across a spectrum of skills, and digs in deeply to identify and resolves needs. Vic is passionate about success, leadership development and entrepreneurship. He is a gifted public speaker and can read in six languages. Vic is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Counselor with more than 3,000 executives counseled over the last 20 years; he conducts over 40 executive leadership workshops and spiritual formation workshops each year.

Humility And Hubris

A recent article in Harvard Business Review (by John Dame and Jeffrey Gedmin: 11:00 AM September 9, 2013) spoke of executive humility. They suggest several points of effectiveness to achieve a humility posture:

Resist falling for your own publicity.

Never underestimate the competition.

Embrace and promote a spirit of service.

Listen, even (no, especially) to the weird ideas.

Be passionately curious.

Hubris is just the opposite:

It conforms to our individualism, narcissism, pride of position to the neglect of others. Hubris clouds any sense of strategic vision, leadership development, or team work functioning. It is certainly interesting to see “humility” discussed in a business format.

 

By |October 21st, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog|0 Comments

“The Numinous”

It’s from the Latin “numen” meaning a nod or beckoning, particularly the nod of the Gods of ancient myth. It was rediscovered and brought into western thinking by the German Philosopher/Theologian Rudolf Otto in his book “The Holy” (“Das Heilige”) first published in 1917.
Otto began a shift away from the rationalism and speculative side of the enlightenment and more toward an “irrational” side of religious understanding; a sense of “power” and “mystery” and a sense of the “living God” (following a lead by Luther).
The numinous is the wholly other; the “mysterium tremendum” and the “mysterium fascinans.”
The numinous (sacred) is “saturated with being and power.” Life is full of the manifestation of the sacred (“hierophanies”) intersecting into our lives.
C.S. Lewis knew of it and discussed it widely; his books have literally taken off as religious bestsellers 50 years after his death.
Sooooooo. . .what has (or who) intersected into your life and do you wish to share?
 

By |October 21st, 2013|PointeVierge Insights|0 Comments

Learning: Building Technical Chops

In working with clients we are always emphasizing learning and the building of knowledge; many forms of course from the detailed technical to the integrated experiential.

It is completely surprising in this current environment that many folks (working and not working) do not work at learning and often are adamant about why (too many work hours, too many responsibilities, too tired, etc, etc, etc. . .)

In Forbes this past summer (Jason Nazar | Forbes – Fri, Jul 23, 2013) one commentator spoke the following to the younger generation (20’s) about technical skills. His point:

You HAVE to Build Your Technical Chops

“Adding ‘Proficient in Microsoft Office’ at the bottom of your resume under Skills, is not going to cut it anymore. I immediately give preference to candidates who are ninjas in: Photoshop, HTML/CSS, iOS, WordPress, Adwords, MySQL, Balsamiq, advanced Excel, Final Cut Pro – regardless of their job position. If you plan to stay gainfully employed, you better complement that humanities degree with some applicable technical chops.”

Sooooooo. . .what are any of us learning these days???

 

 

By |October 13th, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

Liminality

It’s from the Latin “limen”: a threshold, a door, a passage and in our time refers to psychological or metaphysical state of being; to discuss psychological states; rituals of passage.
Increasingly the word usage can be found in psychological & theological literature recognizing a sense of the holy, the sacred, and the transcendent; often the threshold between consciousness & unconsciousness (“subliminal”).

Some examples from life:

The feeling of always being in between and never “there”

Equinox & Solstice: Noon & Midnight: Dusk & Dawn
Graduation
Out of a job/work
The Twilight Zone
Lost Islands & places (Bermuda Triangle, Jurassic Park, etc.)
Purgatory & Limbo
Mistletoe
New Year’s Day
In between beings (typical of this time of year)

Shapeshifters, Cyborgs, Androids, Tricksters
Monsters, Dracula, Frankenstein, Grendel, etc.

Experiencing liminality:

Alienation, Marginality, Drift, Homelessness, Sense of Loss
Unusual degree of Vulnerability, Feelings of Intimacy and Ultimacy
Sudden emotional “drafts” from either “within” or “without”
Highly charged images and thoughts
Sense of an amputated past and a vague future: growing sense of life’s limits
The appearance of a messenger or guide (dreams, images, experiences)
Nostalgic periods of grieving for a vaguely felt absence
Lassitude, depression, disillusionment, disappointment

For the time being, let’s not try to solve this contemporary feeling, issue, problem to solve; let’s simply reflect and perhaps share the experience of it.

Reflections welcome.

 

By |October 7th, 2013|Grolistic, PointeVierge Insights|0 Comments

The Fall

PROJECT ONE:  
“The Fall”
Robert Alter/Michelangelo/GenesisMini-course on GenesisConducted by Vic Pergola
We Need You:6 volunteers (first-come, first-serve)
     Strong commitment to complete series

When:Five Thursdays in Oct/NovOct 10th, 17th, 24th: Nov 7th, 14th
6:30-8:30 pm

>Content:  We will use the book by Robert Alter:
“Genesis: Translation & Commentary”
Session One: 
A review of the Creation Account (Alter’s Introduction)
Session Two: 
Chapter One: Genesis (Alter Book + Biblical account)
Session Three: 
Chapter Two: Genesis (Alter Book + Biblical account)
Session Four: 
Chapter Three: Genesis (Alter Book + Biblical account)
Session Five:
Chapter Four: Genesis (Alter Book + Biblical account)
 
Method:

We will read the creation account aloud prior to each session
We will write quietly in a journaling exercise
We will discussthe assigned topic per class
We will generate summaryconclusions on the material
We will generate a threefold comparison: The Painting by Michelangelo; The Book by Alter; The Creation Account by Genesis

Please Bring:

A notebook (electronic or pen and pad)
An Old Testament
Purchase the Alter book from Amazon
(“Genesis: Translation and Commentary)
The poster of the Creation and Fall will be sent electronically

Expectations:

Your reflections will be written up for a research project
We are interested in your understanding and critique of the methodology
We are looking for your thoughts on any positive growth you may have experienced
What is your thought on the subject matter?
What subject matter (spiritual) are you interested in for the future?

Interested?

Please send an e-mail to admin@grolistic.com and indicate that you would […]

By |October 3rd, 2013|Grolistic, News and Events|0 Comments

Make Friends With Hephaestus

Hephaestus is the God of the forge, armorer to the Gods (Vulcan in the Roman Mythology), the forger of the armor of Achilles which is invincible and the creator of Athena’s shield which is invulnerable.

Hephaestus works the magic of the smithy and produces the brightest, illumined arms from dross material. He works in the bowels of the operations. He is lame, having been dropped from heaven by his mother (Hera).
So what business lessons here?
In the contemporary corporation the forge was once upon a time, accounting and finance; now it is systems and technology; closely wed to finance. Hephaestus is the CIO, the director of systems, the technology guru, and sweats over the data forge attempting to make invincible armor for the enterprise.

Intel was founded in 1971 and we now have decades of legacy dross data in most enterprises and not exactly sure what to do with it. And often our forgers are a bit lame (read grumpy and stubborn here) but they have the metallurgy for making the brightest armor.

This is called in our current world Business Intelligence (BI).

New Year suggestion: make friends with Hephaestus and do your research and homework on the metallurgy necessary for your enterprise be […]

By |May 29th, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog|0 Comments

An Introduction To Spiritual Direction

We are seeking two volunteers who have interest in seeking pastoral/spiritual counsel and potentially seeking to be of assist to others.
 What to Expect:

5 sessions to be scheduled May/June/July as befits participants
Structured sessions (60 minutes per session)
The relationship is a partnership (not hierarchical)
We will focus on one discerned theme
There will be homework assignments
This experience is from the Christian basis and presumes a denominational attachment
We will evaluate and summarize at the end

 

Content:

Understanding one’s temperament
Discerning a current life theme of importance
Writing a spiritual biography
Scripture and prayer to begin each session
Understanding the “numinous” in one’s life
Understanding “liminality” in one’s life

 

Method:

Interactive dialogue
Structured inputs
Structured homework
Each of last three sessions to focus on discerned theme
Sessions are from a holistic/life viewpoint
A blend of personal history, Christian Formation, and holistic pragmatism

 

Expectations:

A discernment from a thematic and holistic perspective
A refreshment from daily stresses
A learning about one’s self
Identification of important themes in life
A process that is compassionate and growthful

 

Interested?

Contact admin@grolistic.com for more details.

 

By |May 16th, 2013|News and Events, PointeVierge Insights|0 Comments

We Need You!

The Return of the Prodigal Son Mini-Course

“The Return of the Prodigal Son”
   (Nouwen/Rembrandt/Luke)

Mini-course on Henri Nouwen’s book,
The Return of the Prodigal Son,
a meditation on Rembrandt’s painting

Need:  6 volunteers (first-come, first-serve)
Strong commitment to complete series

When:  Four consecutive Thursdays
            June 6, 13, 20 and 27
            6-8 pm

Content:  “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

Session One: A review of the Parable in (Luke 15: 11-32) and Introduction in the Nouwen book (pages 1-19)
Session Two: The Younger Son (pages 25-45)
Session Three: The Older Son (pages 59-77)
Session Four: The Father (pages 89-110)

Method:

We will read the parable in Luke aloud prior to each session
We will write quietly in a journaling exercise
We will discuss the assigned topic per class
We will generate summary conclusions on the material
We will generate a threefold comparison: The Painting by Rembrandt:The Book by Nouwen:The Parable by Luke

What to Bring:

A notebook (electronic or pen and pad)
A New Testament
Henri Nouwen’s Book will be provided for each participant
A large poster of the painting will be available for review

Expectations:

Your reflections will be written up for a class paper due in July
We are interested in your understanding and critique of the methodology
We are looking for your thoughts on any positive growth you may have experienced
What is your thought […]

By |May 16th, 2013|Grolistic|0 Comments

Spiritual Formation Workshop

Pointe Vierge offers formation and guidance in facing the complexities of a lived life; business, career, beliefs, decisions, and critical issues. We seek to establish an “ensouled” foundation.

Events in the international and national scene point up the need for ongoing grounding in our values and establishing alignment between our personal inner core and our concrete daily lives.

We believe that this alignment is essential in developing a mature response to life’s issues of ultimacy and intimacy. It is core to spiritually grounded decision making.

Our founding partner, Vic Pergola, has spent years in preparation (ongoing) in building a competency in a number of fundamental disciplines to this effort: depth psychology, theology, scripture, Western and Christian history, and the traditions of spirituality.  Please join us! […]

By |January 30th, 2013|Grolistic, News and Events, PointeVierge Insights|0 Comments

A Reflection On Delta…

DELTA: “Delphi” (“The Oracle”)
The oracle at Delphi held a place of honor amongst ancient peoples, not only the Greeks. As we approach the Olympic Games in London, it is good to remember that Delphi was one of four sites for the ancient PanHellenic games, the precursor of our modern Olympics.
The Oracle was dedicated to Apollo and from its hearth an eternal flame was kept to “light up” historic moments in Greek history.

Our reflection concerns the “inner” oracle and the “outer” oracle;

Inner:  We may ask the question,

“What am I called to serve?”

As young people we must answer the call of the world and ambition. The difficulty of our present time is the inability of young people to find an appropriate call to work and begin the actioning of a career.

Older folks (50+) must dig deeper and ask the question more directly of themselves (ourselves) for we are often past “ambition” and need to answer a differing “call,” an inner “vox” whereby we can determine what our “soul” is calling us to serve. The challenge of answering this question as mature adults is the risk and honesty in facing the “call” from within.

In each case (younger and older) we need to […]

By |January 30th, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments