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The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition (PDF)

The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition (PDF)

by BoardSource

Good boards do not just happen: they take care, thought, and planning. The second edition of this must-have bestseller features nine steps for your board to follow through the board development process, including: 

  • identifying, cultivating, and recruiting prospective board members 
  • orienting new board members 
  • encouraging board members to become more active 
  • educating the board about the organization's work and context 
  • rotating out board members to make room for new skills and insights 
  • engaging the board in a self-evaluation 
  • celebrating the board's victories and successes 

This book is intended not only for organizations where the board is charged with selecting its own members but also for organizations where the authority to appoint new board members rests elsewhere. Also included is downloadable content containing forms, worksheets, sample documents, and a PowerPoint® presentation for orienting new board members.

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The Decision to Join: How Individuals Determine Value and Why They Choose to Belong

by James Dalton and Monica Dignam

A person's decision to join an individual membership organization is not a cost-benefit analysis a conclusion of this study that does not fit the conventional wisdom. After all, the membership appeal should be what's in it for them, or so many think. Turns out, it isn't that simple. The reality of this finding opens the door to insight, refined strategies, and a new look at what's valuable to association members.

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

by Seth Godin

The old saying is wrong—winners do quit, and quitters do win. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point—really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you’re in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try. According to bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts.

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Tough Choices or Tough Times

by National Center on Education and the Economy

Tough Choices or Tough Times, the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, shows how the dynamics of the global economy will lead to a steady decline in the American standard of living if this country does not undertake the first thorough overhaul of its education system in a century. This new revised and expanded version of Tough Choices or Tough Times includes: 

  • An updated Introduction
  • A summary of the Commission's proposals
  • Commentaries on the proposals by Denis Doyle, Lawrence Mishel, Michael Petrilli, Diane Ravitch, and Richard Rothstein, with responses from members of the Commission.

Tough Choices or Tough Times provides a well-researched analysis of the issues and a compelling set of proposals for changing our system of education.

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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

America’s most sought-after executive coach shows how to climb the last few rungs of the ladder. The corporate world is filled with executives, men and women who have worked hard for years to reach the upper levels of management. They’re intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle -- and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the difference. These are small "transactional flaws" performed by one person against another (as simple as not saying thank you enough), which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any executive back. Using Goldsmith’s straightforward, jargon-free advice, it’s amazingly easy behavior to change. Executives who hire Goldsmith for one-on-one coaching pay $250,000 for the privilege. With this book, his help is available for 1/10,000th of the price.

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Casa Y Comunidad

by Henry G. Cisneros

This groundbreaking publication takes the first-ever look at the growing and increasingly prosperous U.S. Latino community and their housing needs. Casa Y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Designs helps prepare all segments of the housing industry to truly understand and work with Latinos.

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

by Martin E. P. Seligman

Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.

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Nonprofit Risk Management & Contingency Planning: Done in a Day Strategies

by Peggy M. Jackson

Could your nonprofit stand up to risk assessment from outside authorities? Would it be ready should a key staff member leave?

Risk management and business continuity planning have the potential for growing and strengthening the internal structure of your nonprofit, yet, these crucial practices are often deferred--or avoided--because many nonprofits fear the planning process. With valuable templates, checklists, and worksheets to facilitate planning and preparation, Nonprofit Risk Management & Contingency Planning: Done in a Day Strategies is the new, uncomplicated way for your nonprofit to get risk management planning done.

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Sarbanes-Oxley for Small Businesses: Leveraging Compliance for Maximum Advantage

by Peggy M. Jackson

To small business owners, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) might seem an overwhelming regulatory burden that should be reserved for Fortune 500 companies. However, in spite of the countless problems you deal with as a small business owner on a daily basis, you need to understand how SOX legislation can affect--and benefit--your company. Sarbanes-Oxley for Small Businesses shows how small business owners can tame this giant legislation's requirements and best practices to your business's advantage--and save money, lower overhead costs, and improve sales.

While most of today's literature on SOX is relevant for large, publicly traded firms, this timely book addresses the frequently overlooked small business with tips on strengthening your business's internal controls, organizing its documents, and encouraging early reporting of waste, fraud, and abuse. Risk management specialist Peggy Jackson arms you with a blueprint model to streamline the implementation of these requirements and best practices, providing you with the guidance you need to comply with this law and maintain your business's credibility.

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Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

by Seth Godin

As one of today’s most influential business thinkers, Seth Godin helps his army of fans stay focused, stay connected, and stay dissatisfied with the status quo, the ordinary, the boring. His books, blog posts, magazine articles, and speeches have inspired countless entrepreneurs, marketing people, innovators, and managers around the world.

Now, for the first time, Godin has collected the most provocative short pieces from his pioneering blog—ranked #70 by Feedster (out of millions published) in worldwide readership. This book also includes his most popular columns from Fast Company magazine, and several of the short e-books he has written in the last few years.

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