By Rabbi James Greene Every year as we cycle through our Torah reading, we return to the story of the Israelites as they form, storm, norm, and perform their way through the wilderness. Along the way, they establish a religion and go through a discernment process around holiness and values, create a system of governance, and even get into some interesting political discussions that we are still wrestling with today. In the beginning of that … [Read more...] about Advice Process: Revisiting Organizational Decision-Making to Make Executives Our Coaches and Mentors
By Cindy Chazan [Cindy retired earlier this year after spending almost 18 years with the Wexner Foundation. This is the final lecture she gave to the Alumni of The Wexner Graduate Fellowship.] I grew up in Montreal in an immigrant family - my father was the first to be Canadian born and my extended family continued to live the European experience in Canada. With this background came both incredible stories and huge challenges. I am a … [Read more...] about Making a Difference
By Daniel Stein After the 2018 Leatid Top Leaders seminar I realized that many of the participants have much broader responsibilities and have to overcome very critical challenges. Knowing that helps me keep a “low profile” regarding my own challenges. Here are some of the ideas I brought back to my community: Our Jewish community is not limited to our edifice, as in the past. The community faces the challenge to capture the interest of … [Read more...] about Ideas & Challenges for the New Year
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis I once heard a would-be politician address a campaign rally with the following quip: Every time I point a finger at someone else, he said, I still have three fingers pointing back at me. He lost his election and I never heard of him again, but I never forgot the saying either. While not the most profound observation ever uttered, it “points” to something we in the Jewish community should be thinking about all year-round and … [Read more...] about What’s My Piece of the Mess?
By Suzanne Feinspan In her recent piece “Reflections on Leadership and Unconscious Bias,” Gali Cooks of Leading Edge bravely highlighted an important truth about unconscious bias that all of us in leadership in the Jewish community should take heed of: Even if we have the best intentions of being equitable and inclusive of the full diversity of the American Jewish community within the work that we do, unconscious bias can cause us to act … [Read more...] about Strategies to Address Unconscious Bias in Our Leadership