Books We Like

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World

by Margaret J. Wheatley

This seminal book explores how ideas from quantum physics, chaos theory, and molecular biology can be applied to improve organizational performance.

Leading Change

by John P. Kotter

An excellent introduction to the step-by-step process for successfully managing organizational change initiatives.

Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

by Stephen J. Gill

An important primer on how to build a learning organization that can inspire innovation and advance the kind of strategic foresight that enables organizations to strategically position themselves for greater impact.

The Heart of Change Field Guide: Tools And Tactics for Leading Change in Your Organization

by Dan S. Cohen and John P. Kotter

This book provides tools, frameworks, and advice for bringing breakthrough change methods to life within organizations. The guide provides a practical framework for implementing each step in the change process with a focus on creating a climate for change, engaging the entire organization in the change process and sustaining change efforts.

 

 

Key Articles and Reports

Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership

by Niki Jagpal and Ryan Schlegel

Sponsored by the National Council on Responsive Philanthropy, this report reveals that only 1% of foundation funding is dedicated to the critical task of strengthening the skills and abilities of our nonprofit leaders. The authors explore the importance of investing in leadership development and offer recommendations for supporting and enhancing this essential work.

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