By Abby Saloma and Sharon Price At the beginning of every Rockwood Leadership Institute program, each participant is given a simple task: stand in front of the group, speak for two minutes and, at the end, calmly and confidently accept the resulting applause without looking away, squirming or deflecting with humor. The participants soon find out that this “vision stand” exercise isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. Years of observation and … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Leadership Development Program
By Andrea Kasper
[This is the third in a five-part series on “Big Questions on Our Jewish Minds,” featuring alumni of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI), part of the Leadership Commons at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS. You can join our series’ authors in conversation at the “Big Jewish Questions on Our Minds” session during the Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference coming up in March in … [Read more...] about The Big Jewish Question On My Mind:
Where Am I Complicit in Perpetuating Bias?
By Or Mars A poll published in July in The New York Times found that close to 40% of young adults surveyed said they are choosing not to have children (or to have fewer) due to their fears about global instability. What a statistic of despair! Getting our daily overdose of grim news can cause one to wonder if bringing more human beings into the world - especially those that we will love and care about - might be a bad idea. Is it better to … [Read more...] about Optimism, Leadership and the Order of the Teaspoon
By Barry S. Mael I have always been fascinated by characters in the Torah and the leadership lessons we can learn from them. Many of the most prominent personalities such as Abraham, Moses, Joseph and Jacob get much of the attention. However, I have always been very interested in Yitro, Moses’s father-in-law, the high priest of Midian who brings Moses’s family to the Jewish camp in the desert after the crossing of the sea and the battle with … [Read more...] about What Synagogue Leaders Can Learn from Yitro
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