lessons

Containing the individual lessons in a course

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HaAzinu – “I thought you were listening!” – Active Listening at Work

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” — Larry King “Listen, heavens, and I will speak; let the earth hear the words of my mouth” Deuteronomy 32:1. Moses concludes his declarations to the Israelites on the

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Vayelech

VaYelech – So, what kind of manager should you be? “Be strong and resolute!”

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson “Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: ‘Be strong and resolute, for it is you who shall go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to

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Ki Tetze

Ki Tetze – “You cannot ignore it”: Organizational Citizenship Behavior-2 (OCB)

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens …You cannot ignore it….” You shall not see your kinsman’s donkey or ox fallen on the road and ignore it. Help him to lift it” Deuteronomy 22:3–4. The focus of the commandments laid out in Deuteronomy Chapter 22 is

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Re Eh

Re’eh: “Rejoice [together] in all your endeavors”––Collective joy at work

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.” – Sheryl Sandberg “Together with your households, you shall feast there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice in all your endeavors in which the Lord your God has blessed you. Do not behave

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How to survive the Flood

Many are familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark. God Wanted to flood the world and commanded Noah to build an ark so he, his family and animals will be saved. This story can also teach about a process of rebuilding marriage and love. For the process to succeed we need commitment, closing

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VaEtchanan

VaEtchanan – Recite, Bind, and Inscribe: Multimodal Messaging Internalizes Your Product

VARK multimodality – Visual, Aural, Read-write, Kinesthetic– Neil D. Fleming   “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.

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Matot

Matot – “Our children, our wives, our flocks” – Striving for Work-Family Balance

“No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’” commonly attributed to politician Paul Tsongas or Rabbi Harold Kushner “Then they stepped up to him and said: ‘Let us build sheep pens here for our livestock and towns for our children. But we will arm ourselves and

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Elevator

Pinchas – “Just because we have no brothers?”: Getting a lift from your elevator pitch

“The purpose of an elevator pitch is to describe a situation or solution so compelling that the person you’re with wants to hear more even after the elevator ride is over.” Seth Godin “The daughters of Zelophehad, of Manassite family—son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph—came forward.

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Balak

Balak – “Who are these men with you”? – “Tell me who your friends are….”

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffett “God appeared to Bil’am and said, ‘Who are these men with you?’ Bil’am replied to God: ‘Balak, son of Tzipor, King of Moav, has sent them to me

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Chukat

Chukat – Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Managing Generational Diversity

    “Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.”   Andres Tapia     “Now Korah, son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On, son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—to rise up against Moses, together with two hundred and fifty

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Korach – Revolting Subjects: Dealing with Toxic Workers

“Dealing with employee issues can be difficult… not dealing with them can be worse.” Paul Foster “Now Korah, son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On, son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—to rise up against Moses, together with two hundred and fifty Israelites,

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Shelach

(Shelach) – “We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves”: Self-efficacy as key to achievement

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you are right!” Henry Ford “Thus, they spread calumnies among the Israelites about the Land they had scouted, saying, “The country that we traversed and scouted is one that devours its settlers. All the people that we saw in it are men of

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Naso

If you see one, do you really see them all? – No, they are one of a kind!

“Always remember that you are totally unique. Just like everyone else.” attributed to Margaret Mead     “The Lord said to Moses: Let them present their offerings for the dedication of the altar, one chieftain each day. The one who presented his offering on the first day was Nahshon, son of Amminadab of the tribe

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Bamidbar

Bamidbar: “Each with standards and banners”: Designing your Coat of Arms

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde “The Israelites shall camp each with his standard, under the banners of their ancestral house; they shall camp around the Tent of Meeting [Tabernacle] at a distance.” Numbers 2:2. In their years as an enslaved people in Egypt, the Israelites were likely to have internalized some

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(Behar) – “What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?” – Brainstorming at work

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations” Truman Capote “The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai: Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord. Six

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(Kedoshim) – Do not place a stumbling block before the blind: Transparency in your career

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”  Mark Twain You shall not defraud your fellow. You shall not commit robbery. The wages of a laborer shall not remain with you until morning. You shall not insult the deaf or place a stumbling block before the blind. You shall

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