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Little Traverse Conservancy,
ABOUT BALANCING ONE'S LIFE, WORK, ETC. IN THESE FRANTIC TIMES:
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen Covey, has become a
classic in both the "self-help" and "management" literature of the 90s.
The book is an excellent examination of how to make the most of life
without falling into the trap of becoming too one-dimensional, such as
overly absorbed in work to the unfair exclusion of family and self. The
book stresses the theme of keeping one's self, work, etc. grounded in
principals. The book's sequel, Principle Centered Leadership, follows up
on this theme.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, by Stephen Covey, Simon & Schuster, 1994. Another
sequel--and a good one--to 7 Habits. Covey deals in this book with the
important job of spending most of your time on the things that are truly
most important to you. More than just the concepts addressed in 7 Habits,
this book gets into specific how-to advice on life balance. Juggling
family, job and personal priorities as well as managing things on the job
are the focus of this book. Not just a superficial time management book,
this work gets to the core of deciding what is really most important and
what things deserve the most time. Excellent reading and excellent
YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, Viking, 1992,
about managing money and living on less. It explores the choices we make
between having a prestige job with all the burdens that come with
as child care, expensive clothing, commuting, housing, etc.--versus a
simplified life which does not produce as much income but does not
so much, either. Many thought-provoking exercises for the person
interested in rethinking his/her approach to money and lifestyle are
included. The book makes a strong case for abandoning the idea that more
is always better.
ALSO NOTE CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER, IN A PREVIOUS SECTION, WHICH HAS
EXCELLENT SECTIONS ON WORK, FAMILY, AND BALANCE.
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS--INNOVATIVE APPROACHES
REVOLUTION OF THE HEART by Bill Shore, Riverhead Books, 1995. Written by
former staffer to onetime Colorado Senator and presidential candidate
Hart, this book is about new approaches to non-profit work and fund
raising. The author, a founder of Share our Strength, writes primarily
about hunger and human service programs but there is much for
conservationists to learn from his ideas. Chief among these is that
traditional fund raising--gleaning charitable contributions from people's
excess income--is not enough. Shore argues that non-profits must develop
ways of creating new wealth so that they can be not only sustainable but
also more effective in meeting the needs of the community. Non-profit
enterprise is the key, says Shore. This thought-provoking book dispels
many fund raising myths and provokes interesting thought and discussion.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
LEADING WITH SOUL, by Terrence Deal and Lee Bolman, Jossey-Bass, 1995. A
harried executive gets spiritual training and guidance from a woman with
experience in both executive leadership and the ways of the spirit.
is a lot about leadership and a lot about the need to nurture one's
spiritual side as well as the "work" side. Leadership is shown to be
more than just giving orders--and it is revealed that leading with spirit
is better for both leader and the followers. A very readable,
and thoughtful book with a little something for everyone, this work is
"preachy" but gets its message across through the adventures of the
LEADERSHIP IS AN ART by Max DePree, Dell, 1989, is a very good book about
leadership by the former CEO of Herman Miller Corporation. The book
with the importance of seeing employees as people, and the importance of
consulting with the people who will be affected by the decisions made by
managers. DePree has written other books, including the follow-up
called Leadership Jazz (Dell, 1992) that might also be of interest.
THE POWER OF ETHICAL MANAGEMENT, Fawcett Crest, 1988, by Kenneth
of One Minute Manager fame and Norman Vincent Peale, whose Power of
Positive Thinking and other books have been prominent for years is a good
fable punctuated with advice and instruction about ethical decision
The book sets out to prove that ethics and business success need not be
thought of as mutually exclusive. Though written from the perspective of
for-profit manager, the book should be of interest to non-profit managers
as well. (Peale's and Blanchard's other works are great reading, and are
also highly recommended. Peale's decidedly religious but optimistic,
empowering views can be both helpful and inspiring for the non-profit
manager who frequently feels overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work to
done in whatever chosen field--conservation, human services, etc.
Blanchard's One Minute Manager series is a great start for non-profit
managers interested in learning more about running an organization and
supervising people. )
ZAPP! THE LIGHTNING OF EMPOWERMENT by William C. Byham and Jeff Cox ,
Fawcett Columbine--Ballantine, 1988 is a fun book to read, employing a
goofy story to make its points. The story is about Ralph, who works at
some nondescript company. He invents a machine called a "Ralpholator"
which sends him into the 12th dimension where people's moods and morale
become visible. Ralph and his friends learn about morale, about trusting
employees, consulting with them, and so on. They learn what "sapps"
people--or lowers their motivation-- versus what "zapps" or empowers and
excites people. A lot of common sense wisdom is included about working
with people and supervising employees.
LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP, Donald T. Phillips, Warner, 1992, looks at
Lincoln's approach to leadership of a nation torn by civil war. It is a
delightful book of facts and anecdotes about Lincoln as well as a good
primer on leadership principles. How could you go wrong studying the
leadership style of one of history's greatest leaders?
LEADERS by Warren Bennis & Burt Nanus, Harper & Row, 1985, is one of the
best and best known books on leadership. Bennis is one of the most
scholars in the field of leadership, and has written a number of books on
the subject. The book looks at leadership paradigms, and includes an
especially valuable chapter on "leading others, managing your self."
THE PURSUIT OF WOW by Tom Peters, Vintage, 1994, is classic Tom Peters.
The book includes 210 short-to-long observations from this well-known
speaker and management guru. The observations, divided into 13 chapters,
are billed as ideas for "surviving the tumultuous nineties." There are
actually many gems of wisdom for those who like Peters' fast-paced,
irreverent approach. This is definitely no boring business book, and it
can be read in small random chunks as well as in cover-to-cover fashion.
The points run the gamut from the trivial to the profound. Peters'
works may be of interest if you like this one.
MANAGEMENT AND THE NEW SCIENCE and A SIMPLER WAY by Margaret Wheatly
combines some of the material from books like "The Tao of Physics,"
above, with new views on management, organizations, and systems. Taking
cues from the latest scientific discoveries in quantum theory and beyond,
these books look at organizations from a new perspective. A SIMPLER WAY
also develops parallels between organizations and living systems, with a
good deal of evolutionary theory incorporated.
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