Guide For Round Tables, Part 20

Lessons in the Form of a Round Table

528.03Question: What is the main difficulty in organizing lessons in the form of a round table? What should we pay attention to?

Answer: It is very difficult to make a round table from a lesson because a lesson requires a teacher. If the teacher excludes himself from this circle and is present as an outside moderator, then it is another matter.

Question: In what do you see the difficulty in organizing such a round table?

Answer: The difficulty is in the students themselves, whether they are ready for this, whether they understand the importance of doing exercises in this way.
From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 7/9/20

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New Life 475 – Personal Interests Vs. National Interests

New Life 475 – Personal Interests Vs. National Interests
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

A true leader needs to be above his ego, devoted to the people, and detached from any personal interest. This is someone who is ready to leave his post and clean the streets if that is what is needed for the good of the people. Leadership is a reflection of the public and can only be corrected from the bottom up since any existing system shreds and devours those who enter it. We will get to know evil out of the dark, corrupt ego and move in the direction of connection. Once a new spirit is created, it will be projected onto the leadership. To be Israel is to love thy friend as thyself and discover the upper force between us.
From KabTV’s “New Life 475 – Personal Interests Vs. National Interests,” 12/16/14

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Hierarchy In Management

284.03Question: How can we combine collective management with vertical management? To what extent should the boss or leader take the opinion of the people into account?  Should this be done  only when he or she does not have enough information to make a decision?

Answer: We take into account the opinion of the people only when it is necessary to make common actions to solve problems, but nothing more.

Question: So there should be a hierarchy in management?

Answer: Management must be vertical. And a collective must be a collective. A manager must take care about the understanding of the task, the goal to be reached, the solvability of this task, its sequence. For all this should be agreed between everyone, accepted, approved, and everyone should be inspired by the implementation of the task.

Question: In this process, do we need to take into account the opinion of every person? Even in an organization employing several hundred people, not to mention the state?

Answer: You can hold a meeting, maybe even more than one, in order to make the need and sequence of actions clear to everyone.

Question: So it is important for a leader or a manager to hear the opinions of the people, but they have to make decisions by themselves?

Answer: Yes, they listen to the opinions of the people, and it is good for the subordinates to know where everything should lead. There is always room for some mistakes, an opportunity to fix or improve something, and the subordinates themselves will prompt their managers.

Remark: This is all about solving easy tasks. And if you need to solve a serious problem where there is a lot of confidential information and the people do not have this information, then it is quite difficult to make a decision.

My Comment: Then the making of the decision is split into certain segments. At the same time, we must try to do so that a team is involved in their implementation.
From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 6/11/20

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Examples And The Perception Of Information

621Question: The process of perception of new information goes through stages. The first stage is selective, a way of capturing information, then there is recognition based on some associations, followed by interpretation, assessment of the significance of the information, its understanding. And, finally, is the retention of information. Do you agree with this?

Answer: More or less. But all this is very difficult for a person. Let’s say I’m starting to get to know something and I have to check myself against this long list to find out how much am I in this flow of information or in its absorption within myself. This is almost impossible.

Remark: Scientists say that it is important to link new material to clear examples. Otherwise, the material will not be absorbed. For example, it is useless to tell a person about mutual guarantee unless we provide some examples.

The sages knew about this a thousand years ago and wrote the study materials (in the sources) in the form of stories. So when you talk about mutual guarantee, imagine someone drilling a hole in a boat, it all becomes very clear.

My Comment: Sure. In principle this remains, only a lot of data and conditions are added.

Question: I think that it would be a good idea to give various examples in our explanations. For example, when you say: “You must become as round as nature or reflect its laws,” what can I imagine?

For me, nature is forests, groves, the cosmos. What examples could you give when you say that man must reflect the laws of nature?

Answer: One should simply study what nature really is, its laws, what is it trying to tell us. One must acquire some new skills, knowledge, and expand one’s perception.

Question: You often say that the solution to any problem is in uniting humanity. And here the question arises: What picture should I imagine? What does uniting mean? Everyone understands this in their own way.

Answer: Unity is a connection between several completely different beings, concepts, or knowledge when they have a common platform.

The basis for all objects and phenomena lies in desires. And if the desires are directed at unification, then people are looking for some kind of foundation or platform. This usually leads to the fact that they outline for themselves the next, more elevated state and strive for it, and help each other.
From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 7/24/20

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Women In Management

543.02Question: You often say that women can manage better than men. Why? What is your claim based on?

Answer: A woman, unlike a man, can manage many jobs. Let a man do a general cleaning of the apartment, he will not cope with it in a month. Give it to a woman; everything will be perfectly done in one day. That is, a woman is adapted to solve small but varied tasks.

Question: How do female leaders differ from male leaders?

Answer: I do not think that they are in any way different from each other at all because this is no longer a woman and a man, but a person who lives by an idea and has nothing to do with gender differences.
From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 6/11/20

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Communication In The Family

961.2Question: What should be the basic principle of a person’s relationship with their family?

Answer: The family, according to Kabbalah, is a person’s environment, which allows him to exist in our world as correctly, normally, and comfortably as possible.

Question: For example, I love my children and my wife so I do not need to make much effort to treat them responsibly and altruistically. Can we say that nature gives us such an example so that we can later treat other people in the same way?

Answer: No. We cannot determine our attitude toward others without taking into account their attitude toward us. Therefore, if we are talking about building relationships within a family, then we must take care of the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels in order to provide our household with these levels in the necessary, rational form.

Question: But why is it created by nature that a person should have some kind of small cell close to him?

Answer: Everything comes from the earth, from the inanimate level, followed by the vegetative, and then the animate level. In order to maintain and develop these levels in us, we must continue to exist in them, despite the fact that we are already, perhaps, at a higher level.

Therefore, any great Kabbalist still has a family, and he takes care of it to some extent. He satisfies the basic desires of his loved ones, although, in principle, his spiritual essence, his spiritual ties with the upper system in which he already resides, have nothing to do with communications within his family.
From KabTV’s “Communication Skills” 7/30/20

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