New Books on Leadership and Development

workbookThe Fruition Coalition Board Development Workbook demystifies the processes of board recruitment, onboarding, and succession so that all organizations are able to successfully cultivate dedicated, educated, energized, and organized board members. This book can be used by executive directors, board officers, and individual members of the board of directors to explore and clarify the many aspects of organizational leadership and governance. It can be used as a mechanism to provoke discussion and as a guideline for organization and planning. This book provides comprehensive information, yet is flexible enough to be applicable to nonprofit organizations and boards of directors of all sizes and types.


leadershipValuable insights gleaned from the stories of global Leaders throughout history are the backdrop for behaviorist and brain expert Lynette Louise as she busts Leadership myths and uncovers The Seven Senses of Leadership. With clearly explained brain science Lynette shares solid advice on building and/or refining your Leadership Sensibilities. Unique and brilliant, The Seven Senses of Leadership: The Brain Broad’s Guide to Leadership Sensibilities, helps readers discover, recognize and perfect their Leadership Sensibilities while also giving them the tools and expertise to choose their own Leaders with educated purpose.


leadWritten for new and experienced social services managers and supervisors alike, Responsive Leadership in Social Services by Stephen de Groot provides the practical tools, strategies, and insights to inspire, motivate, and engage employees and staff. Along with over 100 strategies and two simple tools–the Key Performance Motivators Scale (KPMS) and the Preferred Leadership Profile (PLP)–a wealth of practice wisdom, scholarship, and evidence-based research is presented to demonstrate the role of effective leadership and how it achieves positive client outcomes.


leanLean is not an acronym. It’s the name for a method used to streamline. Nonprofit organizations have unique challenges. We all know the first one: the reliance on donations and outside funding. This funding can fluctuate depending on the mood of the economy. In the recession of 2008, funds shrunk, some dried up, and many nonprofit organizations were forced to cut mission-critical programs. It still happens today. Lean provides an alternative. The second challenge is hardly recognized: although staff and volunteers are valued for their passion, there is a long-held belief that this is sufficient to run an organization. But not in today’s climate. Passion is great, but complemented with “management acumen”…that’s even greater. Management acumen isn’t just for managers…it’s for everyone. It really means ‘know-how’…know-how about solving a problem, know-how about seeing the big picture, know-how about what tool to use. Lean builds management acumen by using improvement teams made up of ordinary workers who know the problems first-hand, and now they have a forum and know-how to solve them.


New Books on Management


The first two books reviewed here are classified as a text-books, but they will have practical benefits for nonprofit leaders as well.

Case Studies in Nonprofit Management by Pat Libby and Laura Deitrick consists of original cases that are designed to teach …how to think critically, hone …decision-making skills, and learn to apply leadership and management principles that are essential for any nonprofit professional. These case studies illustrate the multifaceted nature of the nonprofit management sector and bring concepts like nonprofit leadership, risk management, advocacy, and grant making to life.

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Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice Fourth edition by Michael J. Worth provides a broad, insightful overview of key topics affecting governance and management of non-profit organizations. The book covers the scope and structure of the non-profit sector, including leadership of non-profit’s, managing the non-profit organization, fundraising, financial management, non-profit lobbying and advocacy, managing international and global organizations, and social innovation.

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Last is the Fourth Edition of The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management by David O. Renz, published by Wiley. Updated and expanded for today’s leader, it is considered the go-to nonprofit handbook.handbook-of-leadership

The handbook presents the most current research, theory, and practice in the field of nonprofit leadership and management. Continue reading

New Book: Seven Keys to Successful Mentoring

Books are beginning to arrive from our recent order, and we’ll be reviewing them here over the next few weeks. 7keys-to-successful-mentoring

Seven Keys to Successful Mentoring by E. Wayne Hart is one of several books in the Ideas Into Action Series for managers and executives.  It is a small volume with a mere thirty-two pages, but it uses them efficiently.  The book is in a format I very much like – it is much like a manual with one to two pages per topic, with bulleted points and lists of questions it gets right to the point.  It is also a very colorful volume in this new edition!

What you’ll find inside:

  • What is mentoring?
  • The importance of mentoring
  • What mentors do
    • Develop & manage the mentoring relationship
    • Survey
    • Sponsor
    • Guide & counsel
    • Teach
    • Model
    • Motivate & inspire
  • Final thoughts

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New Books

with booksIs this a slower time of the year for you? Need something new to read? Either way we have some options for you! Below is a sampling of the new books available to check out in the PCNRC’s collection. Consider it our holiday gift to you.

If you read one of these books, please let us know. We would like to get your thoughts and pass it along to other readers.

Financial Management

Budgeting and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: Using Money to Drive Mission Success

Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability


199 Fun and Effective Fundraising Events for Nonprofit Organizations

Ask Without Fear!: A Simple Guide to Connecting Donors with What Matters Most


Meeting the Job Challenges of Nonprofit Leaders: A Field book on Strategies and Action

Successful Nonprofits Build Supercharged Boards

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide for Dynamic Times


SPIKE You Brand ROI: How to Maximize Reputation and Get Results

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money

Connected Causes: Online Marketing Strategies For Nonprofit Organizations


How to Turn Your Words Into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content


The Art of Membership: How to Attract, Retain, and Cement Member Loyalty

Managing Human Resources For Nonprofits

New Kit: Check Out Nonprofit Storytelling for Board Members

Need to get your board engaged in storytelling?

Check this out: Nonprofit Storytelling for Board Members with materials from the 501 videos project.

Nonprofit Storytelling for Board Members

The kit contains:

  • 10 copies of the of a pocket-sized guide for board members by Christopher Davenport of 501 Videos.
  • a DVD companion guide that matches the book chapters
  • a second DVD on Social Media & Storytelling for Nonprofits

Board members will learn:

  • three types of stories they need to tell
  • the four building blocks of a powerful story
  • seven story triggers to keep their listener captivated by the story
  • three phrases to engage anybody
  • how to structure a story for maximum effectiveness
  • how to find great stories
  • what types of details to include in their stories

Take this to your next board meeting!