Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition by William Bridges
Transitions has helped hundreds of thousands of readers to cope with changes by providing a road map of the transition process. With the understanding born of experience, William Bridges takes us step by step through the stages of transition.
The Resilient Sector Revisited: The New Challenge to Nonprofit America by Lester M. Salamon
The Resilient Sector Revisited updates the state of health of America’s nonprofit organizations that Lester Salamon recently completed as part of the “state of nonprofit America” project undertook in cooperation with the Aspen Institute. Contrary to popular understanding, Salamon argues, America’s nonprofit organizations have shown remarkable resilience in recent years in the face of a variety of difficult challenges, significantly re-engineering themselves in the process. But this very resilience now poses risks for the sector’s continued ability to perform the tasks that we have long expected of it.
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, Barbara E. Taylor
Written by noted consultants and researchers attuned to the needs of practitioners, Governance as Leadership redefines nonprofit governance. It provides a powerful framework for a new covenant between trustees and executives: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement. Informed by theories that have transformed the practice of organizational leadership, this book sheds new light on the traditional fiduciary and strategic work of the board and introduces a critical third dimension of effective trusteeship: generative governance. It serves boards as both a resource of fresh approaches to familiar territory and a lucid guide to important new territory, and provides a road map that leads nonprofit trustees and executives to governance as leadership.
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
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.