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Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards

by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor

Written by noted consultants and researchers attuned to the needs of practitioners, Governance as Leadership provides a new powerful framework for a new covenant between trustees and executives: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement. This book sheds new light on the traditional fiduciary and strategic work of the board and introduces a critical third step dimension of effective trusteeship: generative thinking.

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Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits: A Guide to Building Competitive Advantage

by Peggy M. Jackson

The first book to discuss the implications of Sarbanes-Oxley legislation as it relates to nonprofit organizations, Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits is an essential guide for all nonprofit executives and boards who want to know how the new legislation can enhance their organization's mission. Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits presents the best practices that have emerged from the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act (Sarbanes-Oxley) in a manner that explains their source and value to the nonprofit organization.

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The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth

by Steven S. Little

Starting a small business and making it a success isn't easy. In fact, most small business owners don't get rich and many fail. This book presents the straight truth on small business success. It doesn't offer cure-alls for every small business. Instead, it outlines real, effective principles for continued small business growth and success. Written by business growth expert Steven Little, The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth skips empty small business positivism in exchange for real-world, practical solutions. If you're a small business owner or an entrepreneur just starting out, you'll find answers to all your most important questions on topics such as technology, business plans, hiring, and much more.

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The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable

by The Group of 33 (Author), Seth Godin (Editor)

Most organizations are stuck in a rut. On one hand, they understand all the good things that will come with growth. On the other, they’re petrified that growth means change, and change means risk, and risk means death. Nobody wants to screw up and ruin a good thing, so most companies (and individuals) just keep trying to be perfect at the things they’ve always done.

In 2003, Seth Godin’s Purple Cow challenged organizations to become remarkable—to drive growth by standing out in a world full of brown cows. It struck a huge chord and stayed on the Business-Week bestseller list for nearly two years. You can hear countless brainstorming meetings where people refer to purple cows and say things like, “That’s not good enough. We need to create a big moo!”

But how do you create a big moo—an insight so astounding that people can’t help but remark on it, like digital TV recording (TiVo) or overnight shipping (FedEx), or the world’s best vacuum cleaner (Dyson)? Godin worked with thirty-two of the world’s smartest thinkers to answer this critical question. And the team—with the likes of Tom Peters, Malcolm Gladwell, Guy Kawasaki, Mark Cuban, Robyn Waters, Dave Balter, Red Maxwell, and Randall Rothenberg on board—created an incredibly useful book that’s fun to read and perfect for groups to share, discuss, and apply.

The Big Moo is a simple book in the tradition of Fish and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Instead of lecturing you, it tells stories that stick to your ribs and light your fire. It will help you to create a culture that consistently delivers remarkable innovations.

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The One Thing You Need to Know: ... About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success

by Marcus Buckingham

Following the success of the landmark bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham offers a dramatically new way to understand the art of success. With over 1.6 million copies of First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman) and Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald O. Clifton) in print, Cambridge-educated Buckingham is considered one of the most respected business authorities on the subject of management and leadership in the world. With The One Thing You Need to Know, he gives readers an invaluable course in outstanding achievement -- a guide to capturing the essence of the three most fundamental areas of professional activity.

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Work the Pond

by Darcy Rezac with Judy Thomson and Gayle Hallgren-Rezac

When it comes to networking, you have to "kiss a lot of frogs" (i.e., meet a lot of people) to find your "princes" - those precious few who can help you advance your career. The real key to personal and professional success is positive networking - discovering what you can do for someone else. Networking guru Darcy Rezac helps readers redefine networking - his "what can I do for you?" approach has helped thousands overcome their fear of networking and find more success. In this practical guide, Rezac uses his trademarked seven-step process to help readers avoid the "toads" and make the right connections, in business and in life.

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Secrets of Closing the Sale

by Zig Ziglar

Whether presenting a product or principle, service or idea, we all engage in sales. Zig Ziglar presents winning techniques for getting a positive response and establishing dynamic relationships. Readers discover how to:

  • project warmth, enthusiasm, and integrity
  • effectively use 100 creative closes
  • increase productivity and professionalism
  • overcome the five basic reasons people will not buy
  • deal respectfully with challenging prospects

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

by Stephen R. Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity--principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

by Michael E. Gerber

In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

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The One-Hour Activist

by Christopher Kush

No matter what your political persuasion, The One-Hour Activist is your guide to influencing lawmakers, candidates, and reporters. The One-Hour Activist reveals fifteen powerful, proven grassroots actions that persuade lawmakers and candidates to see things your way. Each action is designed to grab the attention of your representatives and build relationships that serve your issues over the long run. And each action takes less than an hour to complete, so you can make a difference without giving up your life! The One-Hour Activist is packed with insider advice from elected officials, professional organizers, lobbyists, and journalists who share state-of-the-art tips for getting your message across. Real-life examples of effective letters, e-mail, phone calls, public testimony, and news story pitches from concerned citizens just like you illustrate the actions. Tactics you will learn: How to distinguish your letters and e-mail in the flood of correspondence elected officials receive Why lawmakers crave your personal stories, local information, and opinions Powerful ways to influence candidates so you represent more than a single vote on Election Day Strategies for identifying, tracking, and analyzing current legislation Ways to neutralize the efforts of your opposition Political organizations than can coordinate your efforts with others who share your views What local newspaper editors seek to publish in letters from readers like you Advanced grassroots actions that include meeting withelected officials, delivering public testimony, and pitching news stories

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