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.
Competing for the Future by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad
New competitive realities have ruptured industry boundaries, overthrown much of standard management practice, and rendered conventional models of strategy and growth obsolete. In their stead have come the powerful ideas and methodologies of Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, whose much-revered thinking has already engendered a new language of strategy. In this book, they develop a coherent model for how today’s executives can identify and accomplish no less than heroic goals in tomorrow’s marketplace. Their masterful blueprint addresses how executives can ease the tension between competing today and clearing a path toward leadership in the future.
Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
In his monograph, Collins explains the subtle (but seismic) concepts of good to great for the social sector. He contributes clear thinking on numerous issues that will be very familiar to social sector leaders, including how to measure success in non-dollar metrics, how to recruit and motivate a passionate (and poorly-paid or unpaid) staff, how to think differently about “restricted funds” and how to transcend systemic/external problems. Collins predicts a dramatic reversal – that one day non-profit leaders, who have mastered legislative leadership, will be wooed away to lead for-profit businesses. Also, he says that the true difference is not between for-profit vs. nonprofit, but good vs. great – regardless of organization type.
The Future of Boards: Meeting the Governance Challenges of the Twenty-First Century by Jay W. Lorsch
“We are at a crucial juncture in the evolution of business and the economy. We must now reshape the structures and practices of business leadership to avoid going down the same path again. To a large extent this is a question of governance and the role of corporate boards, to help us wrestle with critical issues like CEO performance and succession, compensation, and forward-looking strategy.
In The Future of Boards, governance sage Jay Lorsch has gathered thought leaders and some of the most experienced voices at Harvard Business School to describe the moment we are in, identify and analyze the salient issues, and chart a course for the future. Articles include Bill George on how boardroom conflicts can be understood and managed; Krishna Palepu on how directors can gain the knowledge necessary to effectively oversee strategy; Lorsch himself and colleague Rakesh Khurana on how boards can set reasonable compensation while still motivating top talent; and Ken Merchant and Kat Pick on group pathologies in the boardroom and how to overcome them.
The Future of Boards will be must reading for CEOs, business and industry leaders, policymakers, and anyone involved in influencing and reshaping business in the 21st century.”
Sustaining Nonprofit Performance: The Case for Capacity Building and the Evidence to Support It by Paul Charles Light
Paul Light, renowned expert on public service and nonprofit management, strongly argues for capacity-building measures as a way to sustain and improve the efforts of the nonprofit sector. With innovative data and insightful analysis, he demonstrates how nonprofits that invest in technology, training, and strategic planning can successfully advance their goals and restore public faith in their mission and capabilities. He explains the ways in which restoration of that faith is critical to the survival of nonprofits – another important reason for improving and then sustaining performance. Organizations that invest adequately in their infrastructure and long-term planning are the ones that will survive and continue to serve.