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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 PAGE 27A Leadership taclde this number.There's no co- ordinated plan or sharing of best From page 4A practices.Welookatthisnumber andshrug. That's amistake. It's a ship in Jewish Organizations: mistake of ineptitude." Ten Practical Lessons to Help Sometimesthemistakeisthat You Implement Change and programs we offer aren't good Achieve Your Goals," by the enough. All too often it is that JewishAgency for Israel's Misha wedon'tmakeinterfaithfamilies, Galperin, is a thought-provoking gay couples, people with disabili- and worthy read. The best tiesandothersfeelwelcomedand chapter is a groundbreaking supported.Attimes, however, itis sectionaboutmistakesinwhich also became people are looking Galperinopenlyoutlineshisown for charismatic leaders to carry personal mistakes, the burdens of leadership for the But the author also points out rest of us. We wait for someone that,' Ve'relosingabouthalfthe else to take the reins, denying Jews in any major city in North ourselves and our community America to join what we have to our talents. Meanwhile, some offer.That'saheftypercentwhen leaders find that all too com- we'reaprettysmallpeopletobegin fortable, building organizations with.Andalthoughorganizations based on cultures of personality likefederationsandothersarewell rather than of performance. aware of this loss and many have I know that one of my biggest known about it for years, few are failuresinleadingaJewishorga- coming up with any strategy to nization (and there were many) was that I allowed myself to put savingpowers.Whenleaderssay needed from donors/investors/ leaders including myself, points too much on my own shoulders, thattheyaresoswampedthey're lay leaders/the community out that "Most good leaders Thecosttomyfamilywasbrutal. not getting anything done, they overall include "assistance with struggle withwork-life balance, But just as large was the cost to may be suffering from the mes- marketing; lay leader participa- male and female. There are few those who didn't get a chance siahcomplex.Theyhaven'treally tion and buy-in for professional philanthropic emergencies, yet to stretch their own leadership wrestled with what is essential development; understanding many people in the field act like wings more broadly, and what is nonessential. They that there is a correlation be- they are curing cancer. Passion At times I failed to find the get caught up in what is urgent tween pay scale and talent." for the cause is important, but right people to do the right and forget what is important, Of course, the list doesn't the reality is when all is said and things. At other times I had in best-selling author Stephen end there, done, no one is going to wish the right people but failed to Covey's terms, under the guise IronicaUy, some of the best thattheyhadattendedonemore give them the right powers and that they have to be everything times for leaders to grow are meeting;theywiilwishthatthey responsibilitiessotheycouldfeel and do everything." the time they are away from had spent more time with those thejoyofmakingthedifference. He adds, "We want to say yes theirjobs.Ourtraditionteaches that they love." ThemagictimeswerewhenIlet all the time. We feel that we are "More than Jews have kept the Of course, for most Jewish others on the staff and board betraying others and ourselves Shabbat; it is the Shabbat that professionals and lay leaders, shine their brightest, when we say no." has kept the Jews." Many Jewish those they love expand far AsGalperinwrites,"Oneofthe Let's face it, leadership is hard professionals thank Shabbat for beyond the boundaries of their leadership myths that gets most work.Andwecan'tgetcaughtup a time when they don't have to home and onto their staffs, inthewayoffocusanddelegation in our own myths. Leadership go to fundraising or committee board, donors and the entire is the messianic-like notion that needs to be decentralized and meetings, andcanexperiencefor Jewish family. asaleader, youcansolveailprob- held in more hands. As Brenda themselvesthemagicofaJewish Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, the lems and that you have to solve Gevertz, executive director of experiencewiththeirfamilies.It founder and past president them all. You are the only one. the Jewish Communal Service revitalizes us. of The Israel Project, is the You can do it best. No one else Association of North America, Terry Meyerhoff Rubenstein, founder andpresident of Laszlo can even come close. 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