Consulting

Consulting is a lot like coaching, except my client is most often an organization’s leadership, rather than an individual.  Like an individual, organizations have identities, personalities, history, and habits.  In leadership circles we often use the term “organizational culture” or “eco-system” which is shorthand for the way things are, the way things get done around here, the patterns and choices the organization is likely to make, as well as how the organization sees itself in the larger culture and community.

“What do you exist to be?”  This is the question I ask an organization’s leaders when I begin to work with them.  What is the reason for your existence?   Or to voice it in the negative, “What would be missing from the world if your organization ceased to be?”  If that feels emotional, then you are on the right track.

In healthy organizations, the leaders know the answer, as do most of the people they serve—it is the Mission Statement that was most likely the impetus for creating this organization in the first place.  Mission Statements are anchors, empowering people to act, literally grounding them in times of change and uncertainty.  Mission Statements remind us who we are and equally importantly, who we are not.  

One of the truths of today’s business and organizational climate is that standing still equals moving backwards.  How do we balance the need for tradition and at the same time continue to evolve and grow?  How do we link ourselves to the past while we create the future?  How do we transcend the need to merely survive so that we can truly thrive?  Those are the challenges we all face.  My ideal client seeks to be a part of a transformational organization that is leading the way to make a real difference in the world and the lives of its constituents.  Organizations that believe they can thrive, not merely survive.

How it Works

Just like every person who was ever born, each organization is unique; that is to say, I never have a “one size fits all” solution for any situation.  I begin with a free, no obligation consultation.  Afterwards, if we believe I can be of service to your organization, I send a written proposal that includes a suggested calendar as well as the cost.  Then, we both sign what I call a brit k’tanah (a small covenant) which states the promises and accountabilities of both Eitzah and your organization as well as a timeline in which the work will be completed. 

Though we are always interested in taking on new and challenging projects, the following are areas in which I have been helping organizations for more than twenty years:

Leadership Transition
{Re)Creating the Mission
Strategic Planning
The Healthy Organization
The Thriving Organization
Surveys
Organizational Charting
Leadership Development
Board Retreats
Rabbinic Search
360 Evaluations