A selection of our favorite reads and online resources.
We are avid readers, skilled researchers, and voracious skimmers. This is a selection of books and resources that have been formative, useful, and/or inspiring in our careers and lives. Many of them have also had an impact on our clients and their organizations.
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- Meg Wheatley’s “Core Practices of Life-Affirming Leaders”
- HBR IdeaCast (podcasts and blog posts from HBR contributors)
- Talent Matters. Stanford Social Innovation Review’s blog on leadership development in the nonprofit sector.
- Podcasts from Parker Palmer, Center for Courage and Renewal.
- How Leaders Become Self-Aware, by Zenger and Folkman.
- Free Management Library. A complete integrated online library for nonprofits and for-profits.
- BoardSource. A nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering exceptional governance practices. A selection of free, for-sale, and member-only resources.
- Make a difference for your cause: Strategies for Nonprofit Engagement in Legislative Advocacy. By the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest.
- Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. A free and useful guide by Independent Sector (registration required to download PDF.) There’s also a workbook that accompanies the guide.
- Dashboards for Nonprofits. Blue Avocado offers a great approach to dashboard reports for finance, programs, board accountability.
- Board Self-Evaluation. A selection of resources from the National Council on Nonprofits.
- Meeting Evaluation Form. A quick, two-page evaluation that board members can complete during the last 5 minutes of a meeting. once or twice a year. Offers great insights into what’s working and what isn’t at board meetings.
- Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully, by Susan Howlett.
- Guided meditations for Busy People, by Bodhipaksa. This recording includes brief meditations (~3-9 minutes) on breathing, mindfulness, etc. It has been a great tool for clients who struggle with calming the mind. Other titles include half-hour meditations on reducing stress, fostering awareness, etc. (Bodhipaksa is a Buddhist monk with a lovely, soothing Scottish accent.)