Hayim Herring


The work of 21st Century leaders is to look beyond the immediate horizon, and try to anticipate and shape the future. That is why the mission of HayimHerring.com is focused on one objective: “to prepare today’s leaders for tomorrow’s organizations™.” Hayim is specializes in processes that enable individuals and groups to gain organizational foresight and entrepreneurial leadership, including the Implications Wheel® and T.I.P.S. (Trends, Innovations, Paradigm Shifts) Tracking. This focus on organizational foresight and entrepreneurial leadership distinguishes HayimHerring.com from other consulting organizations. Hayim is an enthusiastic teacher, who equally enjoys learning from other people’s diverse experiences and perspectives.


You can prepare for tomorrow’s future today with Hayim in three ways:

  • Person-Centered Coaching on Significant Issues
  • Staff and Board Professional Development on Finding and Shaping Your Future
  • For Rabbis Only: Workshops, Presentation and Individual Coaching

Or — suggest your own option, and we’ll listen!


Person-Centered Coaching: For Clergy, Congregational and Organizational Professionals


In your years of your education and continuing education, did anyone ever offer you systematic ways of understanding the potential long-term positive and negative implications of an important choice that you had to make? You already have some intuitive ways to assess opportunities and minimize risks. But with today’s instability and unpredictability, successful leaders supplement intuition and experience with simple, structured methods for anticipating outcomes before they invest resources in implementing decisions. In person-centered coaching, you bring your important issue, and your knowledge and experience, and Hayim coaches you in a process that gives you the foresight to understand its potential outcomes over time. In approximately 3-5 sessions, you will become better at:

  • Clarification—ensuring that you have accurately identified the core issue.
  • Anticipation—seeing both potential positive and negative long-term implications that you may not have otherwise thought about in considering how you want to lead on a specific issue.
  • Implementation—navigating your way toward initial success and sustainability of your decision.

You will significantly improve the likelihood of making better decisions and learn how to make better future decisions.


Staff and Board Professional Development on Finding and Shaping Your Future


Below is a list of workshop topics that will help you find your congregation or organization’s future and remain vibrant. You select the format that works for you. Invite Hayim to your congregation for a weekend, where he will work with your staff and board and serve as a scholar-in-residence, bring him to present to your community for a series of workshops with other organizations and congregations, or work with him by Web for ongoing staff development. Flexible formats that are sensitive to your budget—Hayim will work with you to find a way to keep you ahead of the curve.


Forecasting Your Future


Congregations and Organizations 3.0: New Generations, New Paradigms

Congregations and Jewish organizations are charged with changing Jewish lives and doing good in their communities. To accomplish their respective missions, they need some kind of “container” or structure in which to do their work. But structures can either inhibit impact or accelerate impact. In this presentation, you will gain greater insight into hierarchies and networks, the two dominant forms of organizational structures, and learn how they can work together to expand the reach of your congregation or organization. This presentation is based on Hayim’s acclaimed book, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (The Alban Institute 2012) and his forthcoming book on congregations and Jewish organizations to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2016.


Distinguishing the Trendy from Game-Changing Organizational Trends

How do you identify what is merely trendy and what might be a game-changing trend for your congregation or organization? Are there systematic ways to explore future trends, understand their implications and generate possible responses in advance? Learn how to use tools that will help you gain organizational foresight to better lead your congregation or organization into the future.


Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life

Many powerful forces in play are reshaping congregations. Some, like major demographic changes, are internal. Others, like economic and technological changes, are external. How are these internal and external dynamics altering synagogue life as we currently know it? And what options do congregations have to respond? This presentation is based on Hayim’s acclaimed book, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (The Alban Institute 2012).



Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Becoming Entrepreneurial: Getting Beyond the Buzzword

Many congregations and organizations want to be more “entrepreneurial” but aren’t quite sure how to make that pivot. Entrepreneurship is both an attitude and set of disciplined practices that can enable congregations to solve problems and create greater opportunities for engagement. In becoming a successful entrepreneurial congregation, professional staff members and volunteer leaders play different roles. Understanding these roles is as important as knowing the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Professional staff members and volunteers will leave this presentation with knowledge of their respective tasks in moving toward entrepreneurship and practice putting some of their new skills to work.





Seven Strategies for Successful Change

Once your congregation or organization has embarked on a path of change, how do you remain focused and see it through? Many thoughtful changes fall prey to O.D.D.—organizational deficit disorder and are never given a chance to take root. Learn seven strategies to help you reap the fruits of sustainable change that you can immediately put to use in your congregation or organization.



Organizational Growth


From Competition to Collaboration: Building a Thriving Jewish Community

All roads to community and organizational vitality eventually lead to collaboration. Why? At a time when individuals expect multiple options and customization of experiences, no single congregation or organization can achieve excellence in every area. Learning the skills that constitute effective collaboration will enable you to employ a critical strategy for engaging current and future constituents in what your congregation or organization has to offer. In this presentation learn about the continuum of collaborative options to help you broaden your reach while still retaining your unique identity.


Getting Volunteers to “Yes”

Rabbis are uniquely positioned to be talent scouts for volunteers. They have broad social networks and deep interpersonal relationships. But today, with four generations of people alive at one time, rabbis need to know how to customize strategies to engage volunteers. With an understanding of some foundational knowledge about today’s generations, in most cases, leaders will find that there is no shortage of volunteers. This presentation will offer leaders concrete ideas on how to deepen the volunteer commitments of those already involved and expand their pool of volunteers.


Mission Control: Increasing Impact by Focusing on What Matters Most

Mission statements often receive a bad rap. That happens when people later realize that they squandered time developing a useless tool. But a well-developed mission statement enables organizations to focus on the activities to pursue or avoid, and how to allocate resources. Being clear about mission also fuels the passion of an organization’s professionals and volunteers. In today’s environment of uncertain resources, mission matters more than ever before. This presentation teaches participants to assess the effectiveness of their mission statement, and how to use it to advance organizational goals.



For Rabbis Only


Hayim has worked with hundreds of rabbis from all backgrounds. As a rabbi who has led a congregation, federation and national foundation on congregational transformation, and conducts research on rabbis, clergy from other religions and organizational leaders, Hayim supports rabbis become more successful by blending empathy, real-world experience and thought leadership. Hayim can work with you on the issues below individually, in small groups or with your local board of rabbis.


Becoming an Entrepreneurial Rabbi: Getting Beyond the Buzzword

Many rabbis are increasingly expected to be more “entrepreneurial,” regardless of the roles they play in their congregations. Entrepreneurship is actually more than a buzzword. It is both an attitude and set of disciplined practices that can enable rabbis to tap into deep wells of talent to solve problems and create greater opportunities for engagement. Learn about and practice some of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in this presentation. Rabbis will leave this presentation with increased understanding of how to promptly put to use entrepreneurial skills in their rabbinates.


Tough Issues for 21st-Century Rabbis

In Keeping Faith in Rabbis. A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education (Avenida Books 2014), rabbis, educators of rabbis, and laypeople who care about rabbis, explore the nature of 21st-Century rabbinical leadership and education. This anthology of essays, edited by Rabbi Hayim Herring and Ellie Roscher, is the first volume to bring together multiple stakeholders who care about the future of American Jewish religious life. What emerges from these diverse essays, both from the subjects that authors address and overlook, is an agenda of shared challenges that that can be best addressed through collective discussion and action.


Essential Attributes of 21st-Century Rabbinical Leadership

What are essential attributes of rabbinical leaders for today’s congregations and rabbinic-led organizations? What skills and traits from the past are still valuable and what are no longer needed or needed as much? Based on Hayim’s experience and research, learn about some key characteristics of successful and fulfilled rabbis and contribute your ideas to the conversation.


©2023 Hayim Herring – Rabbi, Entrepreneur, Consultant
Designed by Access Technology