Some of our favorite books, articles and videos
Strategy Development & Execution
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2000.
Gladwell explores and illuminates the tipping point phenomenon – that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips and spreads like wildfire. Collins, James C. and Jerry I. Porras (1996). “Building Your Company’s Vision”.
Harvard Business Review. 74:5, pp.65-77. Rumelt, Richard (2011). “The Perils of Bad Strategy”.
McKinsey Quarterly, (1), 30-39. Strategy Development & Execution (nonprofit)
Barry, Bryan W.,
Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations. New York: The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, 1999.
Practical, step-by-step guidance and worksheets to develop a strategic plan Drucker, Peter F.,
The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool: Participant Workbook. Saint Paul, Minnesota: The Amherst Wilder Foundation, 1997.
Clarify your mission, client expectations, strategy and performance goals. Howe, Fisher,
The Board Member’s Guide to Strategic Planning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997.
Howe’s practical, no-nonsense approach demystifies the strategic planning process while demonstrating how it can generate interest, enthusiasm and pride in the organization’s performance. Talent Retention & Development
Buckingham, Marcus and Curt Coffman,
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Learn how great managers attract, hire, deploy and retain their most talented employees. Change Management
Bridges, William, Ph.D. and Susan Bridges,
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, 25. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2016. th anniversary edition
Provides a clear, concise understanding of what change does to employees, what employees in transition can do to an organization and how to minimize the distress and disruptions caused by change. Seligman, Dr. Martin,
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.
Examine your “explanatory style” – how you explain your problems and setbacks to yourself. Learn how to identify and change unhealthy habits of pessimistic thinking. Conflict Resolution
Stone, Douglas, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen,
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. New York: Penguin Books, 2010.
Understand what makes conversations challenging and learn a step-by-step approach to engage in those tough conversations more effectively and with less anxiety. Board Development & Governance
Welcome to the Board: Your Guide to Effective Participation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.
Written in easy-to-understand, jargon-free language. Answers the most common questions and concerns of prospective board members and explains their rights and obligations. Hughes, Sandra R., Berit M. Lakey and Marla J. Bobowick,
The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition. Washington, D.C.: BoardSource, 2007.
The definitive guide to identify, cultivate, recruit and engage prospective board members. Kissman, Katha,
Taming the Troublesome Board Member. Washington, D.C.: BoardSource, 2006.
A blueprint for avoiding and resolving the challenge of disruptive board members. Learn to identify the root of troublesome behaviors and address problems quickly and gracefully. Taylor, Barbara E., Richard P. Chait and Thomas P. Holland (1996). “The New Work of the Nonprofit Board”.
Harvard Business Review. 74:5, pp. 36-8, 40, 42-6. Leadership Development
LaBarre, Polly, “Grassroots Leadership: USS Benfold”, 23
Fast Company 115-126 (1999). Neff, Thomas J. and James M. Citrin,
You’re in Charge – Now What?. New York: Crown Business, 2005.
An eight-point plan that will lay the foundation for success in a new organization or new position Weiss, Alan,
Raise the Bar: A Handbook for Managers on Innovation, Creativity and Continuous Improvement as a Way of Life. East Greenwich, Rhode Island: Las Brisas Research Press, 1995.
Anticipate, recognize and exploit opportunity, whether on the job or in one’s personal life. Inspirational & Personal Development
, Medium.com, December 18, 2018. Professor John Kotter, executive coach Chris Edmonds and Margo Fowkes weigh in on how to navigate a workplace environment that doesn’t click with your personality and how to know when to leave. When You Like Your Job But Hate Your Office Culture Gladwell, Malcolm,
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. New York: Back Bay Books, 2005.
Drawing on cutting edge neuroscience and psychology, Gladwell reveals that the difference between good decision making and bad has less to do with how much information we process than our ability to focus on a few key details and shows how we can all become better decision makers. Lamott, Anne,
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: First Anchor Books, 1985.
One of the best books on writing ever. Lamott offers practical, timeless advice on writing, creativity and living. Pausch, Randy,
The Last Lecture. New York: Hyperion, 2008.
Based on an inspirational speech by Professor Randy Pausch about what matters in life and how to live a rich, full life, delivered after Pausch had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Randy Pausch’s
Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, delivered on September 18, 2007 (Pausch died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008) – Watch on YouTube » Weiss, Alan,
Life Balance: How to Convert Professional Success into Personal Happiness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2003.
How to blend life, work and relationships into a holistic, fulfilling existence. Engaging, readable, entertaining and full of practical, useful advice. Weiss, Alan,
Thrive! Stop Wishing Your Life Away. East Greenwich, Rhode Island: Las Brisas Research Press, 2010.
Practical, proven ways to improve your well-being, relationships, prosperity and health
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