We started our first full week of school and at the same time Jews across the world are preparing for the Start of Rosh Hashanah which begins Sunday night. I thought I would reflect on the start of the school year and the lessons I learned that will hopefully make me a better Leader and more importantly a better a person.
By no means is this a complete list just some short reflections.
· Honesty- Being open and honest. Practicing what you preach., and being as Transparent as possible. ( I think these ideas speak for themselves)
· Take responsibility- Related to honesty one needs to admit when they did something wrong and Say I am sorry. As I have quoted often ‘Mistakes Happen It is hoe we come back from Mistakes that Matter”
· Caring- Show people you care about them ( Self explanatory)
· Listen first- One of the best ways we show people that they matter and that we care about them is to give them the time and respect to listen to them.
· Be Willing to Learn – No one is perfect and we need to be always willing to learn and take ideas from others
· Share- Both in the sense of shared responsibility but more importantly sharing of ideas and a culture of shared leadership. We vs I
· No Problems Just solutions- Meaning focus on the positive. Stay positive and don’t over react or get down, try to stay level headed.
As I was reflecting and putting my thoughts together I also started reading ‘Schools that Learn by Peter Senge
He has “Five Disciplines of Organizational Learning”
1. Personal Mastery – To develop a clear personal vision
2. Shared Vision – the need to create strategies and principles to get you there
3. Mental Models – a discipline based on reflection
4. Team Learning – to tap into the collective thinking and learning of a group and mobilize that energy to achieve common goals
5. Systems Thinking- to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the subjects they study and how they fit into a larger system.
I have just started the book but I thought some of Senge Disciplines spoke to me and to my ideas and wanted to share those with you.
As we embark on a new school year and as I and other Jews prepare for the High Holidays may this be a year filled with growth and learning.