Crosspost: The Typecast Muslim Professional

This is a great read. It highlights the struggle of Muslim organizations to develop and retain their top talent. Article originally posted at the altmuslim blog on patheos.com The Typecast Muslim Professional By Kari Ansari While Muslims collectively groan almost daily over some mischaracterization of Islam or Muslims in the media, Islamic organizations and institutions continue to endure unwarranted government suspicion, as … Read More

Omar UsmanCrosspost: The Typecast Muslim Professional

The Secret To Good Decision Making

The Secret To Good Decision Making

Every Islamic organization struggles with tough decisions. Should we host a particular event? Invite a particular speaker? Hire a certain person? Buy this land? Rent a facility? The sad thing is that in Islamic work, the secret to good decision isn’t really a secret. It’s just a lost art. Or rather, an abandoned sunnah. Chalk this one up to another common … Read More

Omar UsmanThe Secret To Good Decision Making

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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Insight from a Board Member: Great User Experience

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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberTime is a perishable commodity. Once a moment has passed it is gone forever and irretrievable. All you have left of the past is memory. And even memory itself fades and becomes less vivid. However, cumulative memory affects our view of everything. If you have a … Read More

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Insight from a Board Member: Talent Aggregator

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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberNow we get into the elusive secret sauce of organizational success. You can take tools and policy and procedure and ideas only so far. There is a missing ingredient, without which much of your effort and plans and goals will end in frustrations. First and foremost, … Read More

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Insight from a Board Member: Fitnah Meter

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberWhen serving on Shura and Community Boards, we have used a tool we fondly call the “Fitnah Meter”. First, this is a subjective non-scientific measurement. It is an abstract concept to gauge the general potential of a crisis breaking out in our community. It’s kind of … Read More

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Insight from a Board Member: Death of the Committee

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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberThere are times when risk of fitna is so great: when the need for a multidisciplinary team or a large network of people arises, the use of a committee is both necessary and useful. Most of the time, if you want to kill or delay a … Read More

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Quickreads: The True Role of Masjid Management

  @simonsinek so true. I’d like to add: …and the freedom to make mistakes. — Steve Suhrheinrich (@stevesuhr) January 23, 2012 True management focuses their efforts on how best to make the community feel involved. A welcoming environment is a start, but there has to be a next step that includes people having the ability to help out in ways … Read More

Omar UsmanQuickreads: The True Role of Masjid Management

Letting Go

Turning it Over

We all acknowledge that the key to growth is brining in new talent. Masjids need to be turned over to the next generation (even though it seems like the older generation has held on so long we might have to skip one before the turnover occurs). MSA leadership will change every couple of years (if not every year). The successful … Read More

Omar UsmanLetting Go