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For almost two years I have been weaving the principles and practices of David Allen’s Getting Things Done into, as Allen himself would call it, ‘the business of life and the art of work’.

I’ve read and re-read DA’s signature book as well as a second collection of the man’s thoughts, attended his one-day RoadMap conference in Manhattan, and subscribed to GTD Connect. (more…)

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According to the most plausible reading of this taxing work, Qohelet encourages his readers to understand that much can be known by the powers of human observation. Yet this potent capacity of studying how things work here ‘under the sun’ cannot relieve us of our despair.

By these lights, Ecclesiastes represents a subset of the human condition: we are glorious knowers indeed, yet even vanity threads its despairing weave through our lives’ intelligence so long as our perspective fails to access Yahweh’s deeper purpose. That achievement is in truth a gift. It depends upon a relationship with one’s Creator that cannot be instigated or managed by the natural means available to women and men who crash against the sour limits of life here below. (more…)

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BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards) has distinguished itself as the premier source for high-quality, practical materials designed to equip nonprofit board members and officers to fulfill their considerable and evolving responsibilities. Though pricey, its products represent high value. This book is no exception. For the board member or executive without business training, seven well-illustrated chapters serve as both a primer and a reference work that will be consulted often and profitably. (more…)

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BoardSource (formerly The National Central for Nonprofit Boards) sets the gold standard for non-profit organizations with its diverse, expensive, and high-quality publications. BoardSource has figured out how to create a teaching and reference work simultaneously and then impress this model across the range of its printed material. The present book(let) comes with a CD that provides serviceable boilerplate that organizations can use to produce their own conflict of interest policies and disclosure documents. (more…)

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Brevard Childs is a patient man. Few individuals could link such evident learning to a deep sympathy with the historical interpreters of the biblical book called Isaiah. The author’s empathy with the weighty labor of scholars who pour over an ancient work of such complexity is not only endearing. More importantly, it demonstrates that few of the book’s exegetes finished their work without achieving some mentionable merit, even when this is exceedingly modest by even Childs’ generous measure. (more…)

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You won’t find 48 pages’ worth of distilled wisdom like this for nonprofit executives and the board members the accompany them anywhere else. The only thing wrong with this gold-standard booklet is that its price will mean execs of some non-profits will not be able to afford a copy for every board member. This is so good it may be worth paying out of pocket to get into the hands of the board who you so badly need to think and act wisely.

Though directed mainly at chief executives, there is as much orientation for the board. I’ll make mine available to our leadership team as well, for the organizational theory and practical hints doesn’t get packaged any better than this.

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This extraordinary little book is a bona fide sleeper. A slightly hokey set of staged mentoring sessions allows David Cottrell to speak pithy and deeply practical counsel into the life and work of the harried executive who feels more victim than master of the tasks and crises that bombard him. (more…)

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