Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society by John W. Gardner
“This is the most exciting and significant book that I have read in years. The subject is the self-renewal of societies and of individuals—why do some atrophy and decay, while others remain innovative and creative? There is no more vital problem than this, especially for an era of constantly accelerating change such as the present.” (L. S. Stavrianos, Northwestern University – Chicago Daily News)
Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential (Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives) by Dan Pallotta
Pallotta TeamWorks was the for-profit brainchild behind several campaigns to raise funds for breast cancer and AIDS research and awareness, creating several nationwide, marathonlike events that raised millions. But its founder came under attack for violating the sacred premises of charitable organizations: low profile, low budget, and little or no profit. Pallotta turns on its head the assumption that charity and capitalism should be forever divided.
Don’t charitable causes deserve the same kind of competitive forces that work to get results in the for-profit sector? Wouldn’t social causes be better served if charitable organizations were headed by the kind of bright, aggressive executives that work in the for-profit sector? Pallotta traces the history of nonprofit organizations to Puritan notions of charity and self-denial. He also offers a detailed case study of TeamWorks and other trends in the nonprofit sector that only tweak around the edges of a system that is sorely in need of change if it is to deliver on its mission to improve social inequities or cure diseases. A passionate, thought-provoking look at the nonprofit sector. –Vanessa Bush
Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar H. Schein
Regarded as one of the most influential management books of all time, this fourth edition transforms the abstract concept of culture into a tool that can be used to better shape the dynamics of organization and change. This updated edition draws on a wide-range of contemporary research to redefine culture and demonstrate the crucial role leaders play in successfully applying the principles of culture to achieve their organizational goals.
Why Nonprofits Fail: Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome, Fundphobia and Other Obstacles to Success by Stephen R. Block
In Why Nonprofits Fail, Stephen Block explains that many well-intentioned leaders hold on to views of their nonprofit organizations that perpetuate problems rather than help fix them. According to Block, the first step to success is to challenge one’s own personal paradigms and ideas and be open to unique and alternative approaches to solving problems. This much-needed book helps nonprofits get back on track and offers advice about the seven most common stumbling blocks, including: founder’s syndrome, fundphobia, financial misfortune, Recruitment disorientation, cultural depression in nonprofit organizations, self-serving political performance and role confusion between the board and executive director.
The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker
With five simple questions, Peter F. Drucker and five well-known contributors challenge leaders to take a close look at the very heart of their organizations and what drives them. The five questions presented in this unique book will fundamentally change the way people in organizations work, helping them guide their organization to exceptional levels of performance. Peter Drucker’s five questions are: What is our Mission? Who is our Customer? What does our Customer Value? What are our Results? and What is our Plan? These essential questions, grounded in Peter Drucker’s theories of management, will take readers on a exploration of organizational and personal self-discovery, giving them a means to assess how to be – how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values and courage.