After years of working and teaching in the Jewish community I should know better. But, I continue to be struck by the irony that many of the same individuals who claim to want our communal institutions to “run more like businesses,” ignore the very principles and best practices that would enable us to do exactly that. This is particularly apparent in the realm of leadership development and talent management, where crises of CEO succession planning and job dissatisfaction among younger professionals should both challenge and trouble those who have made “be more like a business” their cri de coeur. Continue Reading
This article was originally published by eJewishPhilanthropy.com In his ELI talk, Rabbi Kenneth Brander argues in favor of what he calls a “Joshua-esque model of leadership,” a view that understands leadership as collaborative, rather than unilateral. While I agree that… Continue Reading
This article was originally published by eJewishPhilanthropy.com The time has come to abandon the insulting notion that programs of Jewish literacy, however excellent, are in and of themselves, leadership programs. Similarly, American Jewish groups must cease the dysfunctional practice… Continue Reading
This article was originally published by eJewishPhilanthropy.com To the chorus of voices rising in response to the crisis of CEO transitioning, I would add, respectfully, a few brief observations. All of us who care about this issue would be well… Continue Reading
This article was originally published by eJewishPhilanthropy.com “Utility with all her arithmetic very often miscalculates.” John Sanderson For the past several months, The Chronicle of Philanthropy has reported on a growing and troubling trend – the increasing unhappiness among nonprofit… Continue Reading
This article was originally published by The Jewish Telegraphic Agency CHICAGO (JTA) — For four days in January, Jewish leaders under 40 from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Holland, South Africa and Israel assembled in London at… Continue Reading
Though heads of Jewish organizations are not always familiar with them, classical Jewish sources offer contemporary leaders a variety of sophisticated in-sights into effective leadership. Many of these premodern texts articulate per-spectives that lie at the heart of today’s widely accepted best practices.This article highlights three examples of Judaism’s teachings… Continue Reading
This article was originally published by The Jewish Daily Forward A spate of data released within the past year indicates that Jews in their 20s and 30s are not affiliating with American Jewish institutions or otherwise connecting with organized Jewry.… Continue Reading
Jewish organizations wishing to develop new leaders face a number of systemic challenges.
Incumbents are hard-pressed to focus their energies on the next generation when current exigencies demand the experience no veterans.
It is uncomfortable to raise issues of transition with organizational founders, philanthropists, or tenured executives.
To whom does Joseph Lieberman owe his loyalty? To whom is the sole member of the newly created Connecticut for Lieberman party ultimately responsible?
Lieberman has argued that he is staying in the race for Senate, despite the nearly universal condemnation he has received from the Democratic establishment, because he…