The Secrets of Facilitation: The SMART Guide to Getting Results with Groups by Michael Wilkinson
One of the single most powerful processes is the ability to successfully lead a group to an impactful, actionable outcome. In The Secrets of Facilitation, Michael Wilkinson combines his proven facilitation techniques and approaches with a keen strategic and business sense to consistently produce performance-based results.
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.
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.
A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter
Most organizational change initiatives fail spectacularly (at worst) or deliver lukewarm results (at best). In his international bestseller Leading Change, John Kotter revealed why change is so hard, and provided an actionable, eight-step process for implementing successful transformations. The book became the change bible for managers worldwide. In a Sense of Urgency, Kotter shines the spotlight on crucial first step in his framework: creating a sense of urgency by getting people to actually see and feel the need for change. This concise and authoritative guide help you set the stage for leading a successful transformation in your organization.
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used by Peter Block
This popular book is a step-by-step guide for developing the necessary skills for getting your expertise used when you don’t have control. Flawless Consulting focuses on ways of behaving with line managers and includes case studies and commentary to demonstrate consultant integrity and interpersonal dynamics. Discusses contracting, dealing with resistance, preparing for feedback, and many other related issues.