Leadership: The Power of Vulnerability

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When we think of characteristics of a strong leader, they usually orient around qualities like assertiveness, confidence, and talent. How is it then, that vulnerability is so important? Our boards and administrations are seemingly in a race to be the best. But not the right kind of best. How much of this rhetoric sounds familiar (even if it’s normally left unstated)? … Read More

Omar UsmanLeadership: The Power of Vulnerability

Insight from a Board Member: Servanthood vs. Leadership

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberLeadership. The word itself creates half the problems in our communities. This misunderstanding is caused by the connotations of the word. We attach all the outward manifestations of the word: the respect, authority, and power. We give it the ability to solve all the problems of … Read More

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Leading With Lollipop Moments

6 minute video from TEDx. The basic premise is that leadership does not require money, title, or power – all of us are leaders, and we often do not realize the impact we make on others. We need to not only continue thinking of ourselves as leaders (no matter what our situation or status), but also remember to show gratitude … Read More

Omar UsmanLeading With Lollipop Moments

Striving for Clarity

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Have you ever been in one of those situations — as you’re plugging away on an MSA initiative, trying to organize a two day event at a masjid, or working on the details of a fundraiser — where all of a sudden, you find your email inbox expanding faster than the size of the universe.  Where every single meeting goes … Read More

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Why The Masjid Strategy of “Delegating” To The Youth Inevitably Fails

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Nearly every youth group suffers from the same predicament. They are told to rally themselves, get together, and host some programs. The mantra of “for the youth, by the youth” is spoken on the lips of every masjid board member. Except, when it actually comes time to do it, the youth are left standing there while a 40 or 60 … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy The Masjid Strategy of “Delegating” To The Youth Inevitably Fails

The Genius of ‘And’

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Every organization struggles with how to preserve its core values while at the same time adapting to the ever-changing world around us. Those who hold fast to their … Read More

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Dealing With Failure: Punish or Forgive?

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Everyone who has worked in an Islamic organization has come across someone who made them angry. The question then arises – how do you deal with it? Do you forgive the person? Or do you teach them a lesson through discipline? The long answer is that it depends. It depends on what your course of action is, the intended consequences … Read More

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Leading Volunteers: Don’t Let Them Fade Away

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Leading VolunteersThe weird thing about losing volunteers is that you never really know you have lost them. They don’t turn in a two week notice, nor do they even usually alert you. Most of the time you will just notice someone who was helping out is no longer there. Most … Read More

Omar UsmanLeading Volunteers: Don’t Let Them Fade Away

Skip the Rockstars (and Gurus, Ninjas, Titans, and other Monikers)

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Lately I’ve noticed an obsession with people either considering themselves to be ‘rockstars’ or saying that hiring ‘rockstars’ is the only way to build a team. A lot of companies post help-wanted ads seeking “rockstars” or “ninjas.” Lame. Unless your workplace is filled with groupies and throwing stars, these words have nothing to do with your business. [Rework] This obsession … Read More

Omar UsmanSkip the Rockstars (and Gurus, Ninjas, Titans, and other Monikers)

Leading Volunteers: Unity and Gossip

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Leading VolunteersIt goes without saying that most Islamic organizations suffer from a lack of unity. There are 3 main causes of disunity within Islamic organizations: Poor Communication Gossip (highlighted due to its prevalence in our communities) Lack of a Shared Purpose [Video: Role of the Masjid] Communication is an easy … Read More

Omar UsmanLeading Volunteers: Unity and Gossip