Of the four major professional team sports played in the United States (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey), hockey is the least popular. Ratings and attendance figures at hockey games lag behind the other three sports (not to mention some college sports and even racing), as do
About ten years ago, I was participating in a leadership program with area principals and other organizational leaders. As part of the training, we were instructed to undergo a 360 degree assessment. There were many revelations for me from that process, including important feedback about how others viewed my leadership capacity. But one insight
Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression. – Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo commercial c. 1990.
One rainy day during the Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers attempting to raise a wooden beam to a high position. The corporal in charge
Now more than ever, great leaders are great storytellers. Storytelling helps executives weave rich narratives that inspire their organizations, set a vision, teach important lessons, and define the organization’s culture and values. Perhaps most importantly, stories explain who you are, how you got here, and what you believe most deeply about your work and about each other.
“To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.” -- Barry Goldwater Few leaders can avoid confrontation. There are simply too many items and employees that require oversight and guidance. The likelihood is very high that every leader will need to address numerous areas of concern within her organization at various points.
As a coach and workshop facilitator, I frequently get calls that sound something like this: “I’m looking for someone who can give a workshop to my staff on the topic of _________. My plan is for us to do an introductory session in a few weeks and then follow up soon after with the next... Read more »
One of the most famous arguments between Bais Shammai and Bais Hillel relates to Chanukah. The debate centers on the sequence of the menorah lighting, whether it should be “top-down” (light a full eight lights on the first evening and then one fewer candle each successive night, the opinion of Bais Shammai) or “bottom-up” (the... Read more »
The drama involving Yosef and the shevatim which transpired on Egyptian soil is of the most intriguing sequences found in the Torah. One component which invariably captures our collective attention is the brothers’ sustained inability to recognize the Egyptian viceroy’s true identity. We are familiar with Rashi’s comment in which he
As a 9th grade student in Washington Heights, NY, I had the zechus of visiting the home of Rav Shimon Schwab, zatzal, Rav of Khal Adas Jeshurun, each week together with my classmates. The rav would share divrei Torah that would conclude with some relevant message for his teenage audience. I enjoyed and grew from each of these special
This week’s parasha presents a strong contrast in priorities, as expressed by Yaakov and Esav in their historic standoff. The conflict that is subtly expressed at the parasha’s onset presents a fundamental attitudinal difference which underscores the personal weltanschauung of these two men. Yaakov arrived in Eretz Yisrael after two decades of tireless service in the house of Lavan. It was there that