by Steven Windmueller We are experiencing the greatest institutional crisis since the 1930s. What is particularly unique to this current situation involves its level of complexity - social structures of all types must contend with issues of such magnitude, that normal decision-making practices seem inadequate and even problematic. The degree of uncertainty seems so incredibly profound. We have entered into uncharted territory with respect to … [Read more...] about Leadership for the New Normal
by David Teutsch Oy, what a tough year to be a Jewish leader! Stock-market losses wreaked havoc with endowments and budgets, and fundraising challenges skyrocketed. Organizations directly or indirectly invested with Bernard Madoff faced even greater losses. Then came firings and slashing of programs, and news of rabbis involved in money-laundering and the selling of human organs. Under such conditions, what could leaders do? What it means … [Read more...] about Attention, Group Leaders: Guide by Virtues and Values
It hit me - something is wrong with this picture. It hardly surprises when we read a press release announcing that another company or non profit has reduced its staffing - usually accompanied by a note of regret that financial exigencies - or some other carefully worded euphemism - necessitated these reductions. [A firing by any other name, even if part of a crowd, is the loss of a job.] The recent deep recession has almost inured us to … [Read more...] about Unemployment and Efficiency – A Necessary Connection?
Two weeks ago Ms. Erica Brown wrote an Op-Ed piece “Choose Civility” (9/2/09) on the JTA Fundamentalist blog and she addressed the issue of professionals who “…had experienced an egregiously hostile encounter with a lay person...”. I would like to address the general issue of the working environment within the Jewish communal organizations. Using the lens of having worked within the Jewish community and for Jewish communal organizations for over … [Read more...] about The Right Place; The Right Time; and The Right People
You are in good company if, as head of a start-up organization, you are wary about promoting your idea, and raising the money necessary to succeed. Whatever makes you nervous about the process - the economy, public speaking, grant writing, asking for money, the gnawing frustration that this is not how you had envisioned spending your time, and the unspoken worry that your words will not do justice to your cause - it is inevitable that fears arise … [Read more...] about For They Will Not Believe Me – What We Can Learn from Moses about Making A Pitch