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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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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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A mystical quality lingers about this tale of the biblical kings Saul, David, and Absalom, and so it grows even on readers who have been well vaccinated against insipid allegorizing. (more…)

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Patrick Lencioni writes stories. Lots of them.

He calls them `fables’. `Leadership fables’, to be precise. It’s a growing genre in business publications, perhaps a sign that such writers and their editors and marketers have caught on to the power of narrative to make a point that often comes across as dry and abstract when it’s treated, well, dryly and abstractly. (more…)

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Following his success with The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive and the The Five Temptations of a CEO, management consultant Pat Lencioni turns his observant eye to the team and its dynamic interrelationship. The results are outstanding. (more…)

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My friend ‘JT’ has written this brief book in order to present in narrative format the gist of his life-long work empowering non-profits through his firm DMA, Inc. If you are particularly skeptical of friends’ reviews (which you should be at least a little bit), you may wish to stop reading now. (more…)

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Ken Blanchard’s little One Minute Manager books define a genre.

Neither riveting reading nor high-stakes illumination, they simply get a message across effectively to the management reader who is not too concerned with aesthetics. Even the illustrations are garden-variety basic.

Yet these books have sold millions and they work. (more…)

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If you’ve never stood and gaped at the periodicals section of a well-stocked Borders store or scanned an on-line list of periodicals, you may not be aware how astonishingly prolific is the publishing of niche magazines and journals. It is one of the too little celebrated marvels of the English-language editorial industry. (more…)

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