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Staff Training and Professional Development
Jewish organizations are increasingly charged with demonstrating organizational success in meeting goals and deliverables to validate donors’ interests and investments. My Jewish Coach’s staff training and professional development enhances the capacity of your organization to deliver services in an increasingly competitive philanthropic environment by providing staff at all levels with the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to lead, communicate, and operate more effectively – and yield increased results. Successful staff training includes identifying unmet performance and learning needs, designing and delivering applicable training, ongoing assessment of the effective transfer of knowledge and behaviors from training environment to on-the-job performance, and the continuing reinforcement of the new behaviors. My Jewish Coach takes the business of training your staff seriously by providing employees with results-driven learning experiences that are creative, engaging and fun, and rooted in core organizational values.

Volunteer and Lay Leadership Development and Training
Volunteers and Lay Leaders play a vital role in the Jewish organization as hands-on workers, donors and as organizational decision makers. My Jewish Coach’s Volunteer and Lay Leadership training provides benefits to both the individual and the organization; volunteers emerge from training with new knowledge, skills and behaviors that allow them to have greater positive impact on the organization and the community. In addition, volunteer development offers each participant a chance to develop their enthusiasm for and commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and goals.

"I just want to say how much everyone enjoyed your presentation... Believe it or not, we had $41,250 in increases of the cards that were turned in. We may just make that million dollars this year! Thank you for "laying it on the line" and reeling them in"
-- Mona G. Karten, Program Director, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Board Development and Fundraising
Every Jewish organization needs a strong, committed and effective board to fulfill its mission. The most dedicated and effective board members are those individuals who have found a strong connection between the mission of your organization with their ability to contribute meaningfully to it – something many board members do not understand how to do a priori, and many professionals do not know how to develop. To maximize the impact of the board as a whole as well of individual board members, My Jewish Coach provides training and assessments on topics ranging from Roles and Responsibilities of the Non-Profit Board and Board Members, How the Board can Govern More and Manage Less, The 8-Step Board Building Cycle, and all levels of Fundraising and Solicitation Skills.

Meeting and Retreat Facilitation
Professional facilitation for board and staff retreats, strategic planning meetings, or other events allows each and every attendee the best and greatest opportunity to fully contribute, problem-solve and make sound decisions. By creating a safe and structured environment that encourages fruitful contribution, innovative thinking and consensus building, My Jewish Coach’s professional facilitation gives Jewish organizations a richer opportunity to clarify mission, vision and goals, identify barriers to growth, evaluate resources and assets, assess the competitive landscape, discuss strategy, build leadership, make critical decisions, set priorities and develop action plans. An additional value is that participants leave professionally facilitated meetings having successfully achieved the meeting’s goals, as well as with new and effective meeting facilitation skills of their own to use back in the organization.

Executive and Management Coaching

"As a senior executive in a Jewish organization, I realized that it was imperative to sharpen my skills and continue to strive for excellence for myself and for the members of my team. Deborah helped me to work in a world of micromanagement -- while freeing those whom I managed to grow towards independence and to gain self-esteem. By better understanding the needs of those I managed, I built a more efficient team, and created a happier workplace. I believe Deborah helped me grow as a leader as I learned to motivate and recognize others. Mostly, I learned about myself through writing from the heart, from the head and from the gut, aimed at identifying my personal and professional challenges and turning negatives into positives. Deborah provided me with the roadmap but I had to do the driving!"
-- Coaching Client

“The door of success is marked ‘push’ and ‘pull’. Achieving success is knowing when to do what.” - Yiddish Proverb

As Jewish organizational professionals are pushed and pulled in many directions by myriad constituents, commitment, focus and effectiveness can begin to diminish. This puts the staff person, his or her team, as well as the organization at risk. Coaching is an interactive, interpersonal, action-oriented process that helps individuals and organizations take their personal and professional goals to the next level – and beyond. According to the International Coach Federation, “clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths” as a result of professional coaching.

Most coaching is done over the phone, in two or more 30-45 minute time slots per month, with an initial three to six month commitment. Coaching clients also receive unlimited 24-hour telephone and email turnaround for consistent, dependable coach support. Jewish organizational professionals in Executive and Management roles should consider coaching if they identify with any of the following issues:

  • I have a challenge, goal or opportunity that is urgent, compelling or exciting -- or all of the above
  • I am very successful, and the success has started to become a problem
  • I have a gap in knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources
  • My interactions with my chair or lay leaders are strained, tense or ineffective
  • I am not managing up, down or across as effectively as I want to
  • I am not managing my work and life balance as well as I would like to
  • My work team is not getting along or not producing results
  • I am struggling to raise donors or dollars
  • I am pressed for time in accomplishing a specific goal
  • I need to set some goals – but I’m not sure what they are
  • I am too stressed, too often
  • I’ve had a setback in work or life, and I don’t know how to move ahead
  • My interpersonal relationships are holding me back rather than fulfilling me
  • I’m not sure what I am supposed to be when I grow up (and I’m all grown up!)
  • I’m not sure what I’m good at
  • I want life to be simpler
  • I am frustrated by my physical environment
  • Something’s just not right – and I don’t know what

STRATEGIC PLANNING
Volunteers and Lay Leaders play a vital role in the Jewish organization as hands-on workers, donors and as organizational decision makers. My Jewish Coach’s Volunteer and Lay Leadership training provides benefits to both the individual and the organization; volunteers emerge from training with new knowledge, skills and behaviors that allow them to have greater positive impact on the organization and the community. In addition, volunteer development offers each participant a chance to develop their enthusiasm for and commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and goals.

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