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–Temple Beth Sholom will make history in June when Gayle Pomerantz starts as the senior rabbi at the massive Miami Beach synagogue.
-Pomerantz has been a rabbi there for 23 years and is a familiar face to the South Florida community.
-But now, she will become a historical figure as the first woman to lead one of Miami’s largest synagogues.
-And from what we could tell, she plans on being an active leader.
–Pomerantz has helped the longtime senior rabbi Gary Glickstein double the size of the congregation over the past 20 years.
-Now, there are nearly 4,000 members of the synagogue.
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By Mario Moussa and Derek Newberry
Donald Trump has had some rough spots in his campaign. He damaged his credibility early on as a candidate by making a string of confusing and ill-advised statements about punishing women who have an abortion and expressing scant concern about nuclear proliferation.
His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, had been dogged by charges that he assaulted a Breitbart reporter. Even worse was the shellacking Trump took in the Wisconsin primary, losing by a shocking double-digit margin.
Reports had said that with the “Make America Great Again” campaign was in evident disarray, Trump’s team of advisors were working on a “reboot.” As the presumptive Republican nominee, there a bright spot in this story. The reboot.
After years of studying collaboration at the Wharton School of Business, we concluded that the best performing teams do it all the time.
As situations change, they change. In other words, they reboot. We have no special insight into Trump’s nomination, but as teamwork experts, we do feel the candidate deserves credit on this key point.
Let’s look a little more closely at what the man who wrote the book on deal-making can teach us about the art of teamwork — and especially the reboot.
Trump launched his campaign with the clear goal of broadcasting his message directly to voters. He all but ignored the traditional retail activities such as meet-and-greets at churches and state fairs, rubber chicken dinners, and gatherings with local politicians.
Delivering taunts, insults, and over-the-top promises at debates and large rallies generated what many observers have claimed is over a billion dollars of free PR. His new convention manager, Paul Manafort, said the campaign model was “predicated on a historic approach to communicating with the public.”
But then, as the gaffes mounted, this shoot-from-the-hip approach stopped delivering easy victories by late March. What to do? That’s right: time to reboot, and redirect energies.
Which Trump did – and fast. Because, even with an impending nomination, there are still obstacles ahead. Trump brought in Manafort, who has his own team of like-minded aides who will also join the campaign. Lewandowski has hired specialists who worked with Ron Paul and know how to win over delegates, one tough-talk conversation at a time.
Desperation moves? Recent media coverage might lead you to that conclusion. We see a different perspective. The Trump campaign is like a team of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who raised money, launched a venture, recognized quickly that their business model was failing, and – to use a popular high-tech term – pivoted.
Successful teams at Facebook, Slack, Pinterest, and many other companies had to pivot several times before they became winners. This is not easy to do for a startup or campaign team, and it often produces conflicts. Not surprisingly, Trump’s meetings with his staff have been reported as highly contentious.
So, how to have a successful reboot? When we advise executives about managing their teams, we emphasize a few guidelines illustrated vividly by Trump’s latest public moves.
Always work toward a goal but avoid becoming too attached to it, because situations change and you might have to adjust. Define and redefine roles on your team as your work evolves, and seek to put the right people in those roles.
Have frank discussions – which will often be contentious – about what they need to do. Be clear about how you want the members of your core team and related teams to work together.
As General Stanley McChrystal puts it, leaders need a “team of teams” to run an organization. Above all, remember that it is really hard work to align and re-align a group of people collaborating on achieving a common purpose.
Because managing a successful pivot is such hard work, most teams fail to deliver hoped-for results. Yet at the moment, we think Trump’s campaign is increasing its chances of officially clinching the victory soon by rebooting.
You might even consider doing it on your own team, if recent performance has been disappointing. Of course, in politics as in business, despite the promises of overconfident leaders, there are no simple solutions and no guarantees.
But by following a few guidelines, you can give your team the best shot at achieving what Trump himself might call “yuge” success.
Dr. Mario Moussa and Dr. Derek Newberry are the authors of Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance. Dr. Moussa teaches in the Executive Programs at Wharton School of Executive Education. Dr. Newberry is a lecturer at the Wharton School of Business. For more information, please visit, www.committedteams.com and connect with the authors on Twitter, @Committed_Teams.
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The University of Mississippi took down the state flag from its campus early Monday morning after the student senate approved a resolution calling for the action last week.
“University of Mississippi Police Department officers lowered and furled the state flag in a Lyceum Circle ceremony as the campus opened Monday morning,” a statement from the University said. “The flag will be preserved in the University Archives along with resolutions from students, faculty and staff calling for its removal.”
Ole Miss student senators voted to remove the flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag after a campus wide movement developed.
Interim Ole Miss Chancellor Morris Stocks first joined other state and university leaders calling for a change in the state flag in a statement last June according to the press release.
“The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others,” Stocks said in a statement. “Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag.”
Student media first reported the story.
Breaking: University of Mississippi takes down state flag
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