Consulting Mastery: How the Best Make the Biggest Difference by Keith Merron
Keith Merron believes that most consultants follow a consulting model that may make a lot of money, or add value, without making a real and enduring difference. In Consulting Mastery, he argues that the most powerful element in making that difference is the consultant’s inner stance – those attitudes, assumptions, beliefs, goals, and strategies that underlie his or her consulting practice.
The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices from the Leading Organization in Facilitation by Sandi Schuman
Sponsored by the International Association of Facilitators, The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation offers the need-to-know basics in the field brought together by fifty leading practitioners and scholars. This indispensable resource includes successful strategies and methods, foundations, and resources for anyone who works with groups. The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation provides an overview of the field for new and aspiring practitioners and a reliable reference for experienced group facilitators, including chapters on
Creating positive ongoing client relationships
Building trust and improving communications
Facilitating group brainstorming sessions
Drawing out the best in people
Developing a collaborative environment
Designing and facilitating dialogue
Managing conflicting agendas
Working with multicultural groups
Understanding virtual meetings
Facilitating team start-up
Assessing group decision processes
Building expertise in facilitation
Reviewing core facilitation competencies
Modeling positive professional attitudes
The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World by David La Piana
In this groundbreaking book, strategy expert David La Piana introduces “Real-Time Strategic Planning,” a fluid, organic process that engages staff and board in a program of systematic readiness and continuous responsiveness. With it, your nonprofit will be able to identify, understand, and act on challenges and opportunities as they arise. At the heart of this practical book is the Real-Time Strategic Planning Cycle. Based on four years of research and testing with a variety of nonprofits, this proven process guides you through the steps to sound strategy.
The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and Coaches by Roger Schwarz
The Skilled Facilitator is a resource that offers consultants, facilitators, managers, leaders, trainers, coaches and anyone that works within the field of facilitation, the tools, exercises, models and stories that will help them develop sound responses to a wide range of challenging situations. The book spans the full scope of the successful Skilled Facilitator approach and includes information on how to get started and guidance for integrating the approach within existing organizational structures and processes.
Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni
Written in the same dynamic style as his previous bestsellers including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni illustrates the principles of inspiring client loyalty through a fascinating business fable. He explains the theory of vulnerability in depth and presents concrete steps for putting it to work in any organization. The story follows a small consulting firm, Lighthouse Partners, which often beats out big-name competitors for top clients. One such competitor buys out Lighthouse and learns important lessons about what it means to provide value to its clients.