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Strengthening Collaboration - Pekudei


Last week, I interviewed an industrial psychology consultant for a school project. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of utilizing the strengths of those around us. Industrial psychology uses data to identify solutions, and psychologists may have varying strengths in this area. For instance, one may be great at synthesizing data, while another may be better at using already synthesized data to create effective training programs. The consultant emphasized that even if you don't enjoy synthesizing data, you can still be an excellent consultant by collaborating with someone who does.


When I read this week's Parsha (Torah portion) Pekudei, I noticed a recurring theme. When the Jewish people built the Mishkan (Tabernacle), they could not complete it without Moshe's help. While commentators explain that Hashem, not Moshe, did the construction, the main idea is that they did what they could and then collaborated with Moshe when they needed it.


I find it challenging but crucial to collaborate or delegate to others. However, by working together and recognizing each other's strengths, we can achieve a greater common goal. For instance, when I think of the managers I work with, I realize that we wouldn't be the program we are with five of my clones but with five unique people with different strengths! Similarly, the Jewish people in Parsha Pekudei completed the construction of the Mishkan to the best of their abilities and then turned to Moshe for assistance. By recognizing their limitations and seeking help, they could complete the task. The lesson we can learn from this is that we should not be afraid to seek help and collaborate with others to achieve common goals, including but not limited to transforming the world!


Good Shabbos

All the best!

Avroham Y Ross

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