Begin with the End in Mind

One of my favorite books is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In it, Dr. Covey gives the sage advice that, when starting any project, initiative, or even thinking about your personal aspirations, it is best to begin with the end in mind.

We took this advice to heart when developing the Position and Candidate Specification for the President and CEO of CJP. Over the last few months, we gathered extensive input from the community. We held listening sessions with leaders from synagogues, partner agencies, day schools, the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, and many other parts of our community. We received hundreds of responses to a survey sent to the community at large. And, of course, we integrated the thinking from the recently completed Strategic Framework for CJP. The result is the Position and Candidate Specification. It covers what you would normally see in a job spec: key responsibilities, critical leadership capabilities, ideal experience, and personal characteristics.

It also includes one section that is a bit unusual — desired outcomes. In it, we list what success would look like for our new President once she or he has been in the position for a while and what CJP will look like under his or her leadership. It was a good exercise to think about the CJP of the future and what we want our new leader to accomplish.

Our search firm is now using this position specification to source potential leaders nationally and even globally. However, some of the best ideas come from right here at home. If you know of someone that you think fulfills these specifications, please send his or her name to or reach out to Aron or me directly. We greatly value your insight and feedback.

Onward and upward!



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