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One day in late March I turned on the television looking for a weather report and happened upon Matt Lauer and the rest of the Today crew perched in front of the Vatican Palace in Rome, covering the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis. The new pope was riding along through the crowds in an open-air vehicle, waving to his well-wishers. At one point the procession stopped, the pope jumped out of the car and ambled into the crowd to greet and bless a severely disabled person. It was a glorious moment. More
When exploring the challenges men and women face in the workplace, men will often state that women ask too many questions. Some men even say it’s their top challenge, especially during meetings when they view women’s questions as slowing down progress or delaying decision-making. Women commonly agree that they do ask more questions than men, but that their questions are intended to create a collaborative environment, stimulate an exchange of ideas, discover what’s important, and arrive at a best possible outcome. More
One of the most important skills we learn as girls is the ability to ask without knowing the outcome: to apply for an opportunity we might not get, to raise our hand even if we don’t know the right answer, to ask for what we want even if the answer will surely be no. Yet when it comes to friendship problems, too many of us don’t say what we need because we worry we’ll hear the word no. Fear of getting rejected, or the fact that “things will never change” are the most common explanations girls and women share about refusing to speak up. More
We have been dreaming about you for some time now. We are codreamers who have been wondering, "Who would accept our invitation to Become the Kind of Leaders the World Needs Now? Who would want to explore themselves along with us, and think together with us about how we might use our leadership for the collective good?" You are the leaders we have been imagining. Knowing that it is we, humans, who are the instruments of change—together in this Intensive we will work on the personhood of those instruments. More
It's time for men and boys to start acknowledging the role male domination and socialization plays in all forms of violence against women and girls. The Centers for Disease Control states that men's violence against women is the leading cause of injury to women in this country. That would lead me to say that men's violence against women is at epidemic levels and needs to be addressed as such.  More
From 18-year-olds to retirees, Omega's seasonal team members come from all walks of life. There may be teachers on break from school tending the garden, lawyers serving in the Dining Hall, and college students eager to gain team-building skills welcoming participants and helping with luggage. Many people in midlife find that a season at Omega is an ideal experience during a life transition or career change. It is also perfect for young graduates and active retirees who want to participate in community living. More
Omega Institute A New Kind of Strategy for Nonprofits by Carla Goldstein
Convene, Reflect & Take Time to Strategize
The top managers of the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice only get to meet once a month, if that. "We needed time away from our hectic court-based environment to think more clearly, without interruption, and in a supportive environment," says Ann Marie Scalia, attorney-in-charge of the Manhattan Juvenile Rights office. Theirs is not a unique story. More
Omega Institute Measure Your Success By How Much Fun You're Having by Gabrielle Bernstein
For the past two years I’ve made the intention to measure my success with how much fun I’m having. I came to this intention after living in the opposite way and hitting bottom. For a while I was measuring my success based on my level of stress, but then I surrendered to the fact that true success must be based on happiness. More

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