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.
The Halo Effect…and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers by Phil Rosenzweig
Phil Rosenzweig unmasks the delusions – errors of logic and flawed judgments that distort our understanding of the real reasons for a company’s performance – that are commonly found in the corporate world. These delusions affect the business press and academic research, as well as many bestselling books that promise to reveal the secrets of success or the path to greatness. Such books claim to be based on rigorous thinking, but operate mainly at the level of storytelling. They provide comfort and inspiration, but deceive managers about the true nature of business success.
Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups Through Controversy and Complexity by Suzanne Ghais
Extreme Facilitation picks up where other books on the topic leave off to present a revolutionary method that helps large, unwieldy, adversarial, and apparently dysfunctional groups achieve consensus and reach objectives on divisive and wp-contentious issues no matter how long the group has been struggling. Throughout the book, expert facilitator Suzanne Ghais shows how extreme facilitation – which puts the emphasis on creativity, flexibility and customization – can change how group members interact with one another and how participants view the issues even in the most challenging and exceptionally difficult situations. Extreme Facilitation covers the preparatory phases of the process, including assessment, convening and contracting. Ghais also offers vital information on process design and tips for handling situations that many facilitators find particularly challenging.
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.
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.