Bahcall, Safi. Loon Shots.
An interesting take on business strategy and decision making. Best take-away: It's not hard to see a bad decision in hindsight. The harder thing is to understand why it looked like a good decision when you made it.
Beaumont, Susan, and Gil Rendle. When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations.
New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
Beilock, Sian. Choke What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.
Simon & Shuster (2010) An expert on performance and brain science, the author reveals in Choke the astonishing new science of why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. What happens in our brain and body when we experience the dreaded performance anxiety?
Bennett, Nathan, and Stephen A Miles. Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO.
Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017.
Bennett, Nathan, and Stephen A. Miles. “Second in Command: The Misunderstood Role of the Chief Operating Officer”
Harvard Business Review, May 2006.
Bonem, Mike. “From Business Exec to Executive Pastor.” XPastor May 5, 2017.
Bonem, Mike. Thriving in the Second Chair: Ten Practices for Robust Ministry (When You’re Not In Charge).
Nashville, TN: Abington Press, 2016.
Bonem, Mike, and Roger Patterson. Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, Realizing Your
Dream. New York: Jossey-Bass, 2005.
Bradberry, Travis. “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure.” Huffington Post. July 5, 2017.
Cladis, George. Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of
Leaders. Nashville, TN: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
Conners, Roger and Smith, Tom. Change the Culture Change the Game, The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results Portfolio /Penguin (2011). This book applies their results pyramid model to measure the way in which organizations accelerate culture change, energize their organizations and create greater accountability for results.
Cousens, Beth. Connected Congregations: From Dues and Membership to Sustaining Communities of Purpose. New York: UJA-Federation of New York, 2013.
Davenport, Thomas H. and Harris, Jeanne G. Competing on Analytics, The New Science of Winning
Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (2007). The authors argue that successful organizations do much more than simply collect and store data. They must build competitive strategies around data-driven insights for more effective and efficient execution, smart decision making and gaining the most from each resource that is used.
Davidson, Steven. “How Much Do Top Jewish Non-Profit Leaders Make?”
The Forward, December 11, 2017. https://forward.com/news/388240/how-much-do-top-jewish-non-profit-leaders-make.
Diamant, Anita with Howard Cooper Living a Jewish Life.
This book describes Judaism as not just a contemplative or abstract system of thought but as a blueprint for living fully and honorably.
Dresner, Howard, Profiles In Performance.
John Wiley and Sons (2010). Using specific case studies, the author focuses on the way in which business intelligence/performance driven models create opportunities for companies to understand what works, and what doesn’t.
Eisner, Jane. “The Embarrassing Pay Gap in the Board Rooms of Jewish Not-for-Profits.”
The Forward, December 12, 2017. https://forward.com/opinion/389778/the-embarrassing-pay-gap-in-the-board-rooms-ofjewish-not-for-profits.
Ernst, Janae. “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Tell.” Cornerstone University, June 6, 2017.
Fisher, Roger, William Ury, and Bruce Patton. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.
Penguin (1991). This book offers a straightforward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken and without getting angry
Friedman, Mark. Trying Hard is not Good Enough, How to Produce Measurable Improvements for Customers and Communities.
FPSI Publishing (2005). This is a how-to book on accountability with specific examples on how to produce measurable improvements.
Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ. New York: Bantam Dell, 2006.
Herring, Hayim. Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2012.
Herring, Hayim, and Terri Martinson. Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People, and Purpose.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
Herst, Esther, The Values that set us Apart: Guides for Managing the Temple’s Business, NATA Journal, Fall 2017.
Hurwitz, Sarah, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism
Searching for meaning in the ancient scripture and traditions of Judaism takes you on an enriching journey of discover. Hurwitz explores her birthright as a Jew and finds timeless and valuable life lessons.
Karlin, Michael. Results of 2016 OU Executive Director’s Survey Shulsurveys.com, November 2016.
Keith, Kent M. The Case for Servant Leadership. Honolulu, HI: Terrace Press, 2012.
Kula, Irwin Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life.
Life is messy and imperfect. The message of this book is that living in this world is anything but simple. Facing disasters, betrayals, and family problems, we yearn for answers — clear paths, comfortable…easy solutions. And we shouldn’t.
Lencioni, Patrick. Death by Meeting.
An amazing delivery method (fictional story form) to illustrate more productive and relatively easy to implement meeting techniques.
Lipmanowicz, Henri and Keith McCandless. The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures.
Smart leaders know that they would greatly increase productivity and innovation if only they could get everyone fully engaged. So do professors, facilitators and all changemakers. The challenge is how. Liberating Structures are novel, practical and no-nonsense methods to help you accomplish this goal with groups of any size.
Morino, Mario. Leap of Reason, Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity.
Venture Philanthropy Partners (2011). This book argues that in an era of scarcity, it is important to manage to outcomes and to move away from stirring stories to measuring results.
Moving to the Leading Edge: A URJ Resource and Discussion Guide to Move your Congregation Forward. Union for Reform Judaism, November 2016. .
NAASE Journal: The Forum on Synagogue Management and Leadership. North American Association of Synagogue Executives, Fall/Winter 2014.
NATA Journal: The Leadership Issue. National Association for Temple Administration, Fall 2009.
The Nonprofit Chief Operating Officer. New York: The Bridgespan Group, 2009.
Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. and Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky New Membership & Financial Alternatives for the American Synagogue.
A tool for transforming a synagogue membership model into a financial success
Penna, Robert M. The Nonprofit Outcomes Tool box, A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement, and Results.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2011). This is another how-to book that describes itself as a complete guide to program effectiveness, performance measurement and results.
Portrait of Jewish Americans. Pew Research Center, October 1, 2013.
Powers, Bruce P., ed. Church Administration Handbook. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2008. Sacred Partnership: A Resource and Discussion Guide, URJ (2017)
Shapiro, Mark. “The Power of Engagement.” Baltimore Jewish Times, February 10, 2016.
Sheehan, Robert M. Mission Impact, Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2010). This book is focused on strategic and operational planning to help organizations determined what their outcomes should be.
Shlain, Tiffany. 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we've created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society. Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.
Stepper, John. Working Out Loud
The premise is forming 'circles' to share what you are working on while the work is in progress with the idea of getting in the habit of making our work visible and framing it as a contribution - encouraging others to contribute.
Strassfeld, Michael A Book of Life, Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice.
A book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism-from the coauthor of the best-selling Jewish Catalogs.
Taylor, Phil. Defining the Executive Pastor Role. Orlando, FL: Floodlight Press, 2015.
Teutsch, David. Making a Difference: A Guide to Jewish Leadership and Not-For Profit Management. Wyncote, PA: RRC Press, 2009.
Tuhus-Dubrow, Rebecca. “The End of Jewish Men” Slate, June 24, 2011.
Turnover in the Field report, National Association for Temple Administration (NATA), 2009
Uram, Rabbi Mike. Next Generation Judaism
The model is based on Hillel, but the take aways of thinking differently about how we connect is relevant to synagogues. It is similar to the small groups model discussed in part in the Relational Judaism Handbook by Ron Wolfson (another good read), but with the groups more static and the people more fluid.
Woodruff, Tim. “Executive Pastors’ Perception of Leadership and Management Competencies Needed for Local Church Administration.”
Wolfson, Dr. Ron Relational Judaism
The premise is that it's not how many people attend events, but that they form relationships so that they will keep coming back. He gives examples and details 12 principles of relational engagement.
Wolpe Rabbi David Why Be Jewish? New York, Holt Paperback, 1995.
In this short and inspirational text, Rabbi Wolpe addresses all who seek to enlarge the spiritual side of their lives.