These books, recent and past publications, present complex concepts in understandable ways to address the challenges facing nonprofits and small businesses in a rapidly changing world.
We have not provided links to the books because they are available through many booksellers. We'll post new publications, or newly discovered resources, as we read them.
Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, 2013, Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, Steve Zimmerman
A strong declaration that sustainability means BOTH meeting mission goals AND having a solid financial foundation. Provides a tool (matrix map) for assessing your current programs to determine how they match both factors, with guidelines for making decisions based on the information. Excellent tool to use in strategic planning.
The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead, 2013, Julie Straw, Mark Scullard, Susie Kukkohn, Barry Davis
Distills the best practices advocated by authorities on leadership into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results. Highly recommended "for leaders who aspire to make extraordinary things happen."
Strategic Learning, 2010, Willie Pieterson
Pieterson's concept and detailed model of strategic planning is -- learn, focus, align, execute. A strategic plan must give you a competitive edge AND be financially sustainable, and must be continually adapted to changing realities.
The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World, 2008, David LaPiana
Describes why most strategic plans aren't strategy, the nature of strategy, and how to design a plan that flexes with the on-going changes in the organization.
Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer, 2005, Jim Collins
Presents Collin's very thoughtful and researched application of his Hedgehog concept (introduced in Good to Great) specifically for social sector organizations. It is an especially useful resource for helping board members understand key differences between for profits and nonprofits.
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, 2005, Richard Chait, William Ryan, Barbara Taylor
Defines the critical role of the board to do generative thinking. Essential to strategy development, also a skill that enables the organization to be constantly learning.
The organizations listed are not exhaustive but provide practical and accessible resources for nonprofit leaders, staff and governing boards. Associations are an excellent source of current research and solutions.
The good news for leaders trying to adapt to change is that there is a huge volume of relevant information to address contemporary issues. The bad news is..........there is a huge volume of information! It's a daunting task to keep up with current ideas, let alone know whether and how to apply them.
No single resource provides all of the insights that we need to move to the next step. The resources below have informed the work of the Krysalis consultants. Give us feedback on Facebook about the concepts that have been most helpful to your growth process.