Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom: Dual focus


I've had this one posted on my office wall so long that I no longer remember when or where Menachem made this comment. While the details have escaped me, the power of the lesson contained within has not.

We can apply his counsel to a variety of settings, including the nonprofit boardroom. Just as we need a diverse range of voices and perspectives in the room, we also need people who can keep us focused on the macro-level, broader issues and on the micro-level, application challenges. Maintaining that balance helps boards avoid getting stuck in one of two unproductive traps - paralyzed by the vastness of the vision we're called to advance or so mired in the details that we forget the leadership responsibilities we've accepted.

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