Customize your organization’s leadership development to meet your specific needs with these two hour workshops. Select what best address your current leadership challenges and opportunities. Every session uses a combination of Jewish sources, professional business literature and reflective questions.


Board Development – Discuss the composition, responsibilities and relationships that constitute successful boards and how to run one with a focus on building a cohesive team. We will also examine how board members can be better advocates for your organization by helping them construct a compelling case based on the mission of your agency.


Lay/Professional Relations – Explore the roles and responsibilities of this unique partnership, its limitations and its opportunities. Included in our discussion will be suggestions on how to build a web of relationships to help support your institution and advance your mission.


Effective Communication Skills – Learn to speak so others listen and listen so others respond. We will learn how to create and deliver clear and impactful presentations and then apply some successful presentation techniques in thinking about what does and does not work in a variety of settings. We will also examine how to structure meetings and set meeting agendas to engage more participation and achieve optimal results.


How to Motivate and Inspire Others - This session will explore traditional Jewish texts and popular leadership literature as a platform for thinking about what inspires us in the non-profit work that we do. We will then demonstrate how to use the personal stories connected to our organization into sources of inspiration to reenergize ourselves, our volunteers and our professional staff.


Dealing with Difficult People – One of the hardest management skills is dealing with difficult people. This seminar will explore how diverse our notions are of what constitutes a difficult person and examine very personally how we navigate these murky waters. We’ll conclude with lots of tips, techniques and strategies to help you grow this aspect of your leadership.


Enhanced Succession Planning – We don’t always consider future leadership until the last moment. This seminar will examine structures and mechanisms for identifying and mentoring future lay or professional leaders so that the goals and implementation of one leadership team can continue through the transition to another.


Change, Vision and the Growth Mindset – Delve into research that explores success and its correlation with the capacity for open-mindedness. How open-minded are you, really? How does your state of mind contribute to your ability to envision a different future as a leader and to mentor others to transformative and sustainable change.


Supervision and Mentoring – What makes a great supervisor or mentor? We will look at some definitions from the world of business and education and then do some hands-on training to make supervision better and more consistent throughout your organization.


Conflict Resolution – How do you identify a problem and manage resistance to its solution? Using business literature, this session will look at how participants currently manage conflict and complaints and share techniques and solutions to handling challenging situations with great clarity, confidence and optimism.


Becoming an Effective Ambassador for Your Organization – This intensive training prepares volunteers and professionals to take the positive message of your organization to their constituency and the public. Exercise in commanding presence, messaging and public speaking build an awareness of what it takes to be an effective ambassador.


The Art of Fund-Raising – Don’t be afraid to fundraise. You’re doing people a favor. Using Jewish sources and professional business literature we will see how fund-raising provides the opportunity to do a mitzvah. Through exercises in this workshop you will hone the skills to fundraise effectively and guilt-free.


Making Meetings Matter - This seminar explores the art of running meetings that are intentional, productive and valuable from start to finish.  Learn to set an effective agenda and stick to it. Master facilitation skills to generate meaningful conversation and resolve conflict.


An Attitude of Gratitude – Most volunteers and professionals feel overworked and undervalued. This workshop will focus on how to motivate people by making them feel appreciated.  Sincere appreciation inspires productivity, good will and loyalty.


Innovate!– How well does your organization manage change and stimulate creativity? This workshop will inspire you and your organization to think outside of the box and inside the heads of leaders who harness innovation to stay relevant. Learn to introduce and integrate change so that it is sustainable.


Evaluation and Assessment – This workshop focuses on writing and using surveys and evaluation forms to understand the impact of the work you do. Learn to make evaluation part of the culture of your organization and see enhanced and measurable results.


Time Management - Help your professionals and lay leaders use time well to get better results. Whether you’re a procrastinator or a workaholic, learn to think differently about time and enhance your productivity.


Team-Building: What role does diversity play in teams? How are teams forged?  Can you force people into a team?  How do our expectations of one another get in the way of teambuilding? How can we look at each other honestly and build trust?  Is there always a leader of the team?  How is this person chosen?  How can we lean on each other?  How do different temperaments complicate/complement one another? We’ll watch the movie Shrek and try to answer these questions.


Interfaith Relationships and the Future of the Jewish Community: What impact do interfaith relationships have on today’s American Jewish community? This session will explore the explosion of contemporary literature and research on the topic and also use a film clip of an important documentary on the topic to discuss how this impacts us personally and professionally.


Diversity and Inclusion: Sometimes our work culture can feel exclusive and alienating to outsiders and insiders alike. This seminar will explore some of the sensitive issues around diversity in our own organizations. What is it like to be a non-Jew working in a “Jewish” building or a non-Jewish board member? How do professionals or lay leaders who keep kosher feel at a lunch in a non-kosher restaurant? We’ll explore some of the subtle tension of diversity and what we can do to create a more open, tolerant space for ourselves and our colleagues.


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