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Leading as in Biblical Times

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Published on Feb 25, 2009

A biblical farm was restored in the beautiful valley of Neot Kdumim in Israel. Besides living like in Biblical times, visiting executives and teams are doing simple farm work that helps them learn to delegate, cooperate and better manage their employees.

One of the workshop exercises is to lead a flock of sheep and goats.

[Simcha Levoviz, Director, Neot Kdumim]:
"If you cannot identify the natural leader of the flock of sheep, it will never move. The director can identify the natural leader in a team and delegate him responsibilities. Here you learn the delegation and empowerment of members in your team. In relation to the Bible, the prophet Moses was the first person in the Bible to delegate some of his duties to others."

Another exercise is to dig water from a well while you are in a team of four blind people guided by a deaf person.

[Ophir Morad, CEO, Shusterman Institute]:
"Last week I was one of the blinds in the well exercise and I realized how my team members are feeling when I give them an order with no further explanation. They are in fact acting like blinds in the institution."

After the workshop some executives made dramatic changes in their management styles.

[Simcha Levoviz, Director, Neot Kdumim]:
"A hospital executive told me that after being a blind in the workshop he decided that each department of the hospital will have a monthly meeting. The department directors will now tell all members of the team whats going to happen during the month, how many successful operations they had and how many failed."

People that come to Neot Kdumim love the Biblical experience no matter if they are Jews, Muslims or Christians.

NTD, Neot Kdumim, Israel.

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