2.3: Leading the Charge

Unit 2, Chapter 3.

Leading the Charge

In this chapter:
Knowing Thyself | Creating Culture & Values | Leading Organizational Growth & Change | Management | Strategic Planning 


Tom Rath - Strengthsfinder 2.0 (book)
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents... loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself--and the world around you--forever.

David Keirsey - Please Understand Me II (book) 
Each of us has four kinds of intelligence -- tactical, logistical, diplomatic, strategic -- though one of the four interests us far more than the others, and thus gets far more practice than the rest. Like four suits in a hand of cards, we each have a long suit and a short suit in what interests us and what we do well, and fortunate indeed are those whose work matches their skills

Bridgespan - Beware Your Leadership Blind Spots (article)
When a nonprofit's environment becomes strained, it makes sense to enhance organizational strengths and address glaring weaknesses. The problem is, it's difficult to address something you cannot see. Contained here are some insights from a survey about common blind spots, as well as advice on how to avoid them.


TED - Simon Sinek - How great leaders inspire action (video)
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?

Craig Pearce - Shared Leadership (book)
The volume provides a realistic and practical discussion of the benefits, as well as the risks and problems, associated with shared leadership. It will serve as an indispensable guide for researchers and practicing managers in identifying where and when shared leadership may be appropriate for organizations and teams.

Shawn Hayashi - Conversations that Get Results and Inspire Collaboration (book)
Executive coach and professional development expert Shawn Kent Hayashi provides everything you need to inspire, take part in, and manage the kinds of conversations that are the hallmark of true teamwork.

Dyer & Gregersen: The Innovator's DNA (book)
The authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting. Once you master these competencies, the authors explain how you can generate ideas, collaborate with colleagues to implement them, and build innovation skills throughout your organization to sharpen its competitive edge.


McKinsey - Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit Institutions (report)
Breakdown of the different forms organizational capacity building can take, plus success studies of organizations who have implemented capacity-building projects

Jim Collins - Good to Great (book)
At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. Peppered with dozens of stories and examples from the great and not so great, the book offers a well-reasoned road map to excellence that any organization would do well to consider.

Seth Kahan - Getting Innovation Right (book)
Successful innovation demands a tactical approach, and Getting Innovation Right reveals how your company can secure real traction and growth in the marketplace. With Seth Kahan's outcome-based approach, based on his experience leading innovation initiatives at a diverse range of organizations, you will identify the inflection points that generate market opportunities for your company and leverage the best techniques for securing a foothold in a lucrative new space.

Seth Kahan - Getting Change Right (book)
Presents a new view of leadership communication that says change doesn't flow top-down, bottom-up, or sideways, but inside-out. This is how change spreads through a complex system successfully-the other options are force or failure.

Heath Brothers - Switch (book)
Addresses motivating employees, family members, and ourselves in their analysis of why we too often fear change. Change is not inherently frightening, but our ability to alter our habits can be complicated by the disjunction between our rational and irrational minds: the self that wants to be swimsuit-season ready and the self that acquiesces to another slice of cake anyway. The trick is to find the balance between our powerful drives and our reason.


The Management Center - Managing to Change the World (book) 
How to: Effectively manage specific tasks and broader responsibilities; Set clear goals and hold people accountable to them Establish a results-oriented culture; Hire, develop, and retain a staff of superstars; Address performance problems and dismiss staffers who fall short;Use your own time wisely; Exercise authority without being a tyrant or a wimp.

Jeffrey Pfeffer - The Human Equation (book)
Pfeffer builds a business case for managing people effectively—not just because it makes for good corporate policy, but because it results in outstanding performance and profits. Challenging current thinking and practice, Pfeffer provides practical guidelines for implementing high-performance management practices that puts people first.


Ron Adner - The Wide Lens (book)
The sad truth is that many companies fail because they focus too intensely on their own innovations, and then neglect the innovation ecosystems on which their success depends. In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. It means ensuring that a host of partners -some visible, some hidden- deliver on their promises, too.

David La Piana - The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution (book)
Strategy expert David La Piana introduces "Real-Time Strategic Planning," a fluid, organic process that engages staff and board in a program of systematic readiness and continuous responsiveness. With it, your nonprofit will be able to identify, understand, and act on challenges and opportunities as they arise.

A strategic plan checklist by Allio Associates, and sample strategic plans by Teach for America and Year Up.

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