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6 Books Every Professional Development Executive Should Read

 Q Center loves those that push organizational education to the next level. Our friends, clients and advisory board members regularly suggest great resources that help develop employees, teams, and whole companies.

Here are a few that caught our fancy:

Stanford Social Innovation Review – Published quarterly, this review gives the nonprofit perspective of industry leaders on trends, solutions, and upcoming challenges in the world of social innovation. For what you receive, it’s a really inexpensive subscription. 

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Forces for Good by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

This book applies lessons learned from for-profits into the nonprofit setting. By studying 12 highly effective nonprofits, the authors found six practices that separate the good from the great and may surprise even the most seasoned nonprofit pro.

Get it on Amazon


Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE

The status quo is not cutting it anymore. The authors of this book use their combined 40 years of experience with thousands of associations to break the mold of standard procedure. By examining governance, staff competence, member markets, programs/services, and enriched technology, they find ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness all while reducing headaches.

Get it on Amazon


Boards that make a difference

Boards that Make a Difference by John Carver

Now in its third edition, this book uses the authors years of experience to show how boards can empower their associations to do great work. Carver has added explanatory diagrams culled from thousands of his seminar participants and a chapter on model criticisms and the challenges of governance research.

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Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap…and others don’t by Jim Collins

By researching how 28 perennially mediocre to average companies made a shift to become great, Collins and his team identified several key factors needed to make the leap. From leadership to embracing technology, this book will show for-profits and nonprofits alike how to rise above the rest.

Get it on Amazon


First Things Fast

First Things Fast – A handbook for performance analysis by Allison Rossett

This book, now in the second edition, shows how HR and training professionals can quickly determine how to solve an organizations problems without spending a crippling amount of time to do so. This edition is updated to include new technologies that make improvement even easier.

Get it on Amazon

What other books have influenced you and your organization? Suggest your favorites in the comments section and we'll compile the results into a future blog post!





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