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How Great Leaders Create Great Places to Work

How Great Leaders Create Great Places to Work

Tal Ben-Shahar crowd
Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on the way toward a destination we deem valuable. — Dr. Tal Ben-Sharar

On November 1, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership welcomed Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, bestselling author of Being Happy and Choose the Life You Want, to share his expertise on How Great Leaders Create Great Places to Work. Together, 400 creative and engaged participants learned about creating rituals, playing to strengths and passions, and harnessing stress as a source of motivation. We even learned to occasionally step away from our desks and actually go on vacation. Most importantly, we learned to improve our leadership styles, organizations, and businesses — and ultimately our entire community.

This event was the inaugural program in Spertus Institute's year-long Great Places to Work initiative.

Paying It Forward Throughout Our Community

Tal Ben-ShaharOver the course of the afternoon, Dr. Ben-Shahar cited groundbreaking research on improving satisfaction and performance, both in and out of the workplace. He generously offered to share the slides that accompanied his presentation, so we have can "pay it forward" by using them in our own workplaces.

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It is not accidental that the Hebrew word for work — avodah — is the same word we use for divine service. In other words, in Judaism, the very process of creating great places to work is, in fact, an act of godliness.
— Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis

November 1 Spertus Institute

Above: Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Much Shelist Chairman David Brown, Mesirow CEO Marc Sacks and his wife Susan.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Center for Jewish Leadership

Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership (CJL) is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. Designed for professionals and volunteers who work for and with Jewish organizations, the CJL presents opportunities to learn new skills, hone existing talents, and gain the expertise to foster a vibrant Jewish future. Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • An annnual leadership symposium
  • Community mentoring program
  • Awards for innovation and collaboration

Interested in learning more?
Contact Center for Jewish Leadership Director Tal Rosen at