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אילוסטרציה: העצמה

Dream Realization – an offer for an Empowerment Class

A week ago, I met with a group of students from Quality Engineering course held last year at the Riyan Center in Rama village, conducted by the Erez College in Shlomi. The Riyan Center is an organization dedicated to helping the Arab and minorities to find better employment, and this course was for the Druze and Circassian students. It ended in summer 2017 with the students taking the external exam held by the Israel Society for Quality, ICQE, which 71% passed of the 17 students who attended. (more…)

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The changes in ISO 9001 standard in a whole different light

Ever since the appearance of the new revision of the ISO 9001 standard was published, I see incessant discussions of frightened Quality Assurance people on the differences between the revisions of 2015 and that of 2008, as well as a multitude of classes and trainings promising to help with the transition from the previous to the new.

However, as I am coming from a different approach, in my opinion, and of those who share my or similar approach, there is little real difference between the new, 2015 revision and the previous one. (more…)

אילוסטרציה: מנהיגות

On responsibility, leadership and in-between

The differences between the revisions of standard ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 do not begin and end with process-orientation and risk management.

The old chapter 5, from the 2008 revision, was called Management Responsibility. In the new, 2015, revision it has been separated in two, and the part which remains in chapter 5 has now received a new overall chapter title: Leadership. This change is what I would like to address here now. (more…)

אילוסטרציה בניית סוכה

Happy Sukkot – 2016

Today begins the Sukkot Festival. Like any Jewish holiday, so does this one, too, have layers of meaning and a uniqueness, both in significance and in action. Like in Passover, we do a lot of things we do not normally engage in, which facilitates the making of spiritual and other changes and personal growth. (more…)

אילוסטרציה: מסלולי הכשרה

New and renewed training plans

I am very happy to announce that “Maof Dvora” invites you all to benefit from a variety of new training plans and also some reviewed ones, which have gone through much rethinking and fine-tuning. (more…)

אלומת שיבולי שעורה

Happy Giving of Torah – 2016

Last evening, Saturday night, we have marked the end of Shabbat and the beginning of Shavuot, the Time of the Giving of the Torah.

In the synagogue we chose to affiliate ourselves with, of the conservative community of the Minyan Masorti Kfar Wradim, we have celebrated with a community dinner and then studying together until nearly midnight, on themes to do with Ruth Scroll and the Giving of the Torah. (more…)

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The craze of being “normal”

If you are in the habit of reading my articles, you have probably already gathered, that I am not here to preach what is good and what is bad, but show you a way to ask questions in places where it, probably, has never occurred to you to ask them, and to lead you on a different thinking path to finding solutions to problems you have encountered habitually, perhaps all your life.

Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” So I endeavor to change the way you think of familiar problems, in order to widen the thinking you use to solve them. (more…)

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On motivation, empowerment, Cain and Abel

Lately I have had the pleasure to take part in a most fascinating discussion on the LinkedIn network on the subject of worker empowerment. The discussion took place at a group of which I am a member, and its subject was the sharing by one of the quality managers of his efforts to empower his workers, while the management, and to be precise, the wide management, isn’t really into it.

Many interesting things were said by the group members, and what I have seen made me realize, that the whole concept of empowerment may not be so very clear to most people.

The discussion has inspired me to write this article, and I hope we can perhaps bring some clarity into the concepts.

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On hammers, space, cats and other animals

Today I shall tell you another story about the Wise Men of Helem and solutions to problems. I know this one in Russian, beautifully translated from Yiddish, in which it was written by Ovsey Driz, a wonderful Russian Jewish poet and writer, as part of a cycle “The bead bookmark”. This poem-story is called “Helem traditions” (my own loose translation):

From times immemorial there were mice in Helem.
Not one, not two, not a thousand – but, perhaps, a million.

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Size matters

A short while ago we have celebrated Hanukkah, and at the party in my son’s school a few girls have staged and performed the old and well-loved song by Hava Frankel (lyrics) and Dvora Havkin (music), Hanna Zelda. To my delight, I have discovered a rather charming translation of this humorous song and bring it here (taken from ETNI website; translators’ names given as Ayala, Tanya, Menachem):

Oh Hanna Zelda, my beloved wife,
The Feast of Hanukka has come and arrived, 
And at Hanukka, my soul really aches, 
For to eat some sweet potato cakes.

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