I’m incredibly excited to launch my new blog! I placed blogging on hold so that I could focus more attention on my book and building my business. And, I came to recognize that my Tools for Shuls blog was now too narrowly focused.
So much has changed in the Jewish world since I first started blogging a couple of years ago! The economic recession’s impact on the Jewish community, the fractured relationship between parts of the American Jewish community and Israel, the level of civil discussion within our own Jewish community-just to name a few! “Tools for Shuls” inaccurately suggested by its title that some quick fixes in synagogues could address these issues, so resetting my blog, while launching the new website for the Herring Consulting Network, seemed timely.
If you’ve been a reader of this blog, what can you expect to see that’s different? And for those who are new, what is this blog all about? The general focus is on developing leaders for the synagogue, Jewish communal and non-profit world who want to create the future that they hope to see, instead of waiting for the future to happen to them. For me, that’s a good working definition of leaders: people who dream big about tomorrow and create their tomorrows today.
You can expect two posts approximately every 10 days. One will relate to aspects of leadership. The other will ask you to comment on trends and issues related to your synagogue or organization. I envision the blog as a space for collaboration, where people can exchange ideas and experiences about leading organizations, and where they can pose questions to a diverse audience. So let’s start the conversation by asking:
- If you’re in an organizational/synagogue leadership position, whether as a volunteer or paid staff member, what’s the biggest leadership challenge you face today?
- Or, if you’re not in a leadership position, what do you perceive to be the biggest leadership challenge for synagogues and organizations today?
I look forward to resuming the conversation with you.
Rabbi Hayim Herring
*Consulting sessions will be given via conference call and will be scheduled according to Rabbi Herring’s availability. Sessions are non-transferable and not redeemable for any cash value.