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Social Networking for Nonprofits: Increasing Engagement in a Mobile and Web 2.0 World

by Andy Steggles

From time to time, new technologies completely rewrite the rules for how we do business. In the last several decades we have seen global changes resulting from general adoption of computers and the Internet. Now, social networking specifically online social networking is once again transforming everything. If organizations want to stay competitive and avoid replacement by online rivals, they need to learn and adopt social technologies.

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Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard

by Chip and Dan Heath

Change is hard – we all know that. But why is it so hard and what stands in the way? Chambers are facing more change than ever before, the markets, the offerings, the message, the members and the economy all require us to be effective at managing change. This is great book that will help your chamber understand why you have encountered road blocks and how to get around them. It focuses on the underlying problems that make change difficult for us as individuals and as a chamber. 
Reviewed by Frank Belzer, Kurlan & Associates

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The Good Stuff: Quips and Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness

by Christine Cashen

Christine Cashen, America's Top Humorista and internally acclaimed speaker, delivers an action-packed, content-rich read that will energize your life and totally crack you up. The Good Stuff is jammed with practical ideas that are hilarious and relevant! Bad boss? Crazy kids? Stressed-out? She's got you covered- and then some. So if you're looking for the holy grail- that magic pill that will transform you for the better...fu-getta-bout-it. If you need quick, common-sense ideas to help maintain your sanity and a huge dose of humor to boot, pick up this book up NOW. Smart people everywhere are doing it!

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The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance

The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance

by BoardSource

The Ultimate Governance Reference from the Ultimate Source

For years, nonprofit leaders asked BoardSource to create the definitive governance handbook. Now we have!

The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance is a comprehensive exploration of the principles and practices followed by effective nonprofit boards.

You will find answers to the following questions and more: 

  • What is the nonprofit sector, and how does governance fit in?
  • What roles do nonprofit boards serve?
  • How does an organization build and sustain a strong, active board?
  • What are the board’s legal, ethical, and financial responsibilities?
  • What is the board’s role in fundraising?
  • How does the board engage in strategic thinking and planning?
  • What does the board contribute to communications and outreach?
  • How do boards ensure effective chief executive transitions?
  • Why is evaluation important, and how is the board involved?
  • How do bylaws and policies promote sound board decisions?
  • What are the ingredients of a productive board meeting?
  • How do board dynamics influence board effectiveness?

You will want to keep The Handbook within reach so you can refer to it whenever you have a governance question.

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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

by Shawn Achor

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

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The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

by Shankar Vedantam

The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives--but we're never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us--and how they are revealed.

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The Power of Layered Leadership

by Bob Goshen

Do you want to be a leader who stands the test of time? Do you want to watch your company grow and prosper as a whole? A guidebook for current and future leaders, The Power of Layered Leadership will show you how to create a high-performing working environment by focusing on the key to corporate longevity: reproducing leaders. In this simple, easy-to-read, straightforward leadership book, you will learn how to: Increase the performance of those you are leading Establish an environment that creates leaders Develop those on your leadership team Improve the morale and passion of those you are leading

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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown.

by Daniel Coyle

Talent. You've either got it or you haven't. Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow to demostrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.

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The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win

by Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich

According to studies, we all work for the same thing--and it's not just money. It's meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times. That's the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They've talked to thousands of people--from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives--and synthesized major disciplines to identify the "why" behind our most successful experiences.

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Unlocking Entrepreneurship: A Handbook for Economic Developers

Unlocking Entrepreneurship: A Handbook for Economic Developers

by Swati Ghosh, Shari Garmise

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the capacity of a community's entrepreneurial firms will be the driving force behind economic recovery, job creation, greater resiliency in the face of disasters, and regional economic transformation. For economic developers charged with job and wealth creation in their communities, the significance of entrepreneurship requires them to adapt their practice to focus on access to tools, strategies, networks and institutions that support entrepreneurial firms.

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