Dave Coleman (Principal / Consultant)
For leaders who are new to the role of CEO/ Executive Director…..
The Executive Director’s Guide: To Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader by Mim Carlson and Margaret Donohoe
The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
Managing the Nonprofit Organization: Principles and Practices by Peter F.Drucker
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t and Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer by Jim Collins
Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community by Max De Pree
Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney
Leadership Jazz by Max DePree
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Mentoring: The Promise of Relational Leadership by Walter Wright
Becoming a Coaching Leader by Daniel Harkavy
The Five Most Important Questions: You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker (with other writers)
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Focus on Sustainability: A Nonprofits Journey by Dennis McMillian
The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution by David LaPiana
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison & Jude Kaye
Boards That Make A Difference by John Carver
Good Governance for Nonprofits: Developing Principles and Policies for an Effective Board by Fredric L. Laughlin and Robert C. Andringa
The High Performance Board: Principles of Nonprofit Organization Governance by Dennis D. Pointner and James E. Orlikoff
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor
Board Essentials: 12 Best Practices of Nonprofit Boards by David L. Coleman
Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett
Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service by Walter C. Wright
Three Dimensions of Leadership by Olan Hendrix
Mastering the Management Buckets by John Pearson
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels
Incarnate Leadership: 5 Leadership Lessons from the Life of Jesus by Bill Robinson
In my earliest years as a leader, I heard again and again the words, “Leaders are readers.” Its impact on me has been profound. For that reason I’ve offered five lists of what I suggest are good reads for the leader.
Leaders are Readers
For leaders intent on achieving greater excellence….
For leaders thinking about planning their work and that of their organization….
For leader who are committed to effective board governance….
For leaders who are new to the role of CEO/Executive Director in a Christian Ministry….
Are you planning to write a grant proposal to a foundation? My friends and colleagues at the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust provide the following guide: Writing Great Grants – A guide to Successful Grantwriting. Go to their homepage – www.murdock-trust.org
Do you want to make sure the leaders of your organization truly understand essential financial information? Jacobson & Jarvis Co. PLLC, Certified Public Accountants have created a booklet entitled What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting. Check it out on their resource page at – www.jjco.com
Washington Nonprofits – www.washingtonnonprofits.org
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon – www.nonprofitoregon.org
Idaho Nonprofit Center – www.idahononprofits.org
Montana Nonprofit Association – www.mtnonprofit.org
The Foraker Group – www.forakergroup.org
Hardly enough good words can be said about the services offered by nonprofit support organizations. I am pleased to offer you links to the five state-wide organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Pacific Northwest Nonprofit Support Organizations
Two Links to Valuable Downloadable PDFs
Two More Valuable Organizations
There are two organizations whose membership has proved of value to many leaders, particular those with a serious interest in board governance, and those who lead faith based organizations. Both provide a blend of published resources, lifelong learning events, and online training opportunities. You need not be a member of either to benefit, though both offer membership opportunities.
BoardSource: Building effective nonprofit boards
Christian Leadership Alliance: The lifelong learning resource for Christian leaders