Chevruta in the workplace you said?
One of the hardest things to do after experiencing the beautiful and enlightening time in Israel, the great conversations with like minded humanoids, and the Chevruta learning sessions, is to find a way to bring that back to whatever place you call home. It is important to keep that fire inside burning, and how better than to keep the brain churning!
I have the luxury of working for a company that has a culture much like Livnot has. (www.meetingtomorrow.com) Our company prides itself in three core values, Commitment, Kindness, and Humility. We all have the passion to keep our start up company growing, and recently have turned some extra office space into what we call the Learning Annex. Here we have a few external, but mostly internal coworkers leading classes on goal setting, time management, and even advanced communication classes. We also have lunch and learn sessions, where we put on a riveting video (usually a TED Talk), then discuss it with the group.
One session I took in the Annex was a communication class, taught by someone outside of our company. During this class we were asked to pair up into groups, read a business situation, then discuss. We then shared our discussions with the group. Sound familiar? You bet it does! I pointed out to my class that “In Israel, we call this a Chevruta, or a learning among friends!” I was so happy to see my company having deep discussions about business and life, that I couldn’t help but think about how useful this could be for other companies.
I know you may think that something like this could never happen at a place you work, but maybe your work needs you to start it! You would be surprised how many people might be willing to participate in a “lunch and learn discussion” monthly or even weekly. Find some good You Tube or TED Talk videos, especially the ones that can speak directly toward your companies direction or values.
The Chevruta sessions we all have been a part of, were not just fun things to do, or a waste of time. These were valuable lessons and discussion topics, and a taste of how we all should be conversing with each other on a daily basis. It promotes openness, honesty, deep thought, and personal growth. I wish you luck in continuing your personal growth wherever that may be.
Ryan Silverman, NE76