What’s love got to do with it? When it comes to power – whether it’s held by a person, a group, or a country – the answer is: a lot. In fact, the secret to influence may come down to the power of love. As alum of the Wexner Heritage Program, we have all learned that there are many different ways to exercise leadership and different strategies work for different

I write these words in the aftermath of the U.S. elections, as we await the “transfer of power” from one administration to the next. The fact that the customary concession of the losing candidate has been absent from this year’s process has caused a sudden awakening to a startling reality: the transition of power – and the nature of that power to begin with – relies upon the collective imagination.

Judaism was founded as an alternative to the worship of power. That’s what Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, alav hashalom, taught on Lech Lecha. “I want you, says God to Abraham, to be different. Not for the sake of being different, but for the sake of starting something new: a religion that will not worship power and the symbols of power – for that is what idols really were and

Rarely in the U.S. has the power dynamic felt more pronounced. Over the last year, while the workforce at-large has suffered, the nonprofit sector, the third largest industry in the U.S. that provides such offerings as health care and social services, has experienced severe losses. While not often thought of in the same breath as retail and manufacturing, nonprofit organizations employ 12.5 million U.S. workers and provide over $1 trillion

A widely accepted premise is that the State holds a monopoly of sorts on the legal use of force, which it yields through its agencies in various fields. The exercise of the State’s power in its most direct form is carried out by its defense and security organizations – its army, police, correctional system, intelligence bodies and additional security forces under its authority. The scope, control and monitoring of the

We are pleased to announce that applications for both Class 5 of the Wexner Field Fellowship and Class 33 of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program are now open. Our deep commitment to strengthening the leadership of the North American Jewish community compels us to onboard new classes, even while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. The uncertainty around safe travel and in-person gatherings continues while the need for inspired leadership in our schools, shuls,

I know that a vicious terror attack at a shul, one you pass by frequently, one in your own beautiful neighborhood and of course, one in which you might have raised your own voice in sacred prayer is never too far from your memory. How can it not be?

The picture shows Kadri Cakrani along with the others in Berat, Albania during the war.  The July 2018, Wexner Foundation newsletter included a piece I authored titled “How Keeping Promises Saved Jews in Albania.” It was about how Albanians, the majority of whom are Muslim, gave refuge to Jews during the 1930’s and ‘40s. Since writing that piece, my involvement with the Albanian diaspora and the people and governments of

Delivering constructive feedback to your direct report about their disappointing progress on a project.   Sharing with your colleague that you are not going to accept their proposal that they worked so hard on.   Telling your friend that you would like him to wear a COVID mask when you meet for coffee.    Telling your uncle that his comments aren’t inclusive of people of color.  These are all situations that can lead to a difficult conversation. And figuring out whether or not you want to have

I’m seated at the front of the room as co-chair of a committee called Dialogue Initiative. Everyone walks into the room with a mix of enthusiasm and reservation.   We’ve sold the meeting as a place to have difficult conversations, with one big caveat: the goal is not to convince somebody else to change their mind. While our deepest desire may be to learn the tools for persuasive arguments, the goal we have all agreed upon is to learn to listen. The banter will

Applications for Class 5 of the Wexner Field Fellowship are now open. Apply today.