Managing the Nonprofit Organization Paperback – May 9 2006
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Drawing from his 25 one-hour audio cassette series, The Non-Profit Drucker ( LJ 9/1/89, p. 232) , Drucker has put together his ideas on the tasks, responsibilities, and practices necessary to manage nonprofit organizations. Included are interviews with prominent leaders and experts in nonprofit organizations, including Philip Kotler of Northwestern University, Max DePree of Herman Miller, Albert Shanker of the AFL-CIO, and Frances Hesselbein of the Girl Scouts. Drucker looks at the mission statement, strategies, marketing, performance, and personnel as they apply to nonprofit organizations. Using many examples, he identifies the characteristics necessary for nonprofit organizations to survive and meet the needs of today's society. Sure to be popular; recommended for most libraries.
- Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Peter F. Drucker is considered the most influential management thinker ever. The author of more than twenty-five books, his ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. Drucker passed away in 2005.
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I have heard of this sage of business and economics for years, but have never had the privilege of reading one of his books. His advice is born out of years of experience in the business community. He has a knack to communicate complex ideas with simple words. The fact that his book was not especially written for churches (although it does not ignore them) is one of its greatest strengths for the pastor. It demonstrates that service is service; mission is mission; and leadership is leadership, no matter what the nature of the non-profit is. As I looked at the examples given in the text I can see the strength and weaknesses of the church.
It is a book full of helpful advice. Some of Druckers insights are: the importance of mission over natural charisma; one does not have to be a dynamic leader to do great things. It is important to set high standards for your people to aim at. Good intentions are not enough; one needs a plan, marketing, people and money to get good results. Leadership takes courage. Good ideas are a dime a dozen; we need people with ability and willingness to get results. It is important that we see the community and not church members as our consumer base. Change takes time, so be patient.
It's a great book for any leader of any non-profit.
Drucker has done an excellent job at extracting material from three of his management books: The Effective Executive, Managing for Results, and a little bit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship [Note, these three are available as a collection called The Executive in Action]. The material is presented simply, concisely and is completely targetted to the non-profit sector with many examples including interviews with about 6-7 non-profit leaders. Highly recommended.
STRENGTHS: The book is fairly short, consise, easy to read yet full of great content. Each section includes a brief summary at the end and has at least one interview with a non-profit manager that makes the ideas even more practical.
WEAKNESSES: The book could use some select references to his other works and some graphics. But this is not Drucker's style.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: Managers/leaders in the non-profit sector should consider this a must read. Other fans of Drucker that would like a refresher on some of his concepts.
The book has five sections, the first being "The Mission Comes First: and your role as a leader." I provide a few snippets that were particularly meaningful to me. Some mission statements work while others don't work, the ultimate test being right action.Read more ›
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Drucker is always a winner. I like is basic style and his inside information. I would highly recommend this bookPublished on Nov. 26 2010 by Ann H
This book contains a lot of useful information, yet the only problem lies on his way to express and prove it. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004
Having sat on the boards of two international nonprofit organizations for decades, I can say that this book could have saved me years of confusion and ineffectiveness, had I come... Read morePublished on March 4 2002 by zaslove
A tremendous book. This book has to be one of the main titles in any library of the non-profit or future non-profit manager. The amount of expertise that Mr. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001 by Mark A. Savage
As usual Peter Drucker has come up with an enlightening piece of management theory. This book is for anyone entering the world of non-profit.
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