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5.0 out of 5 stars Real, practical advice,
This review is from: Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards (Paperback)For anyone who is currently on a board, thinking about joining a board, or just curious about people who do say "yes," this book is incredibly useful. It's written by someone who's actually been there, and done it many, many times. It's not some theoretical analysis, but is based on real-world questions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you say yes read this book,
This review is from: Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards (Paperback)Volunteering seems a pastime of many, whether committed to a particular cause or perhaps as seniors wanting to donate time to favourite organizations. In her very readable and well organized book, Doreen Pendgracs walks readers through the pleasures of volunteer boards as well as some of the pitfalls of serving on them Her book covers matters that might occur on small boards or larger ones and includes information on matters like fiscal responsibility and how to deal with sensitive issues that could arise/ Pendgracs has thoroughly researched the topic and offers advice to potential board members in a very objective fashion. This book is a must read for people who are currently volunteering or are considering doing so in the future
5.0 out of 5 stars YES to "Before You Say Yes...",
This review is from: Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards (Paperback)Before You Say Yes...A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards
This book is a quick read and must read for anyone considering joining a volunteer board or having to deal with a board of directors responsible for decision making in the non-profit sector. Doreen's vast knowledge is well illustrated in this book, as she shares a lifetime of experience as a volunteer board member and valued contributor to several non-profit associations. The book clearly identifies challenges faced by individual board volunteers, executive members and working staff within a given organization. The reader is able to evaluate how they might best contribute as a volunteer and learns how they might function as part of a team, comparing challenges faced by many organizations. The information helps the reader to understand board structure while providing useful guidelines that will help individuals and board members function to the best of their ability for the benefit of the organization.
Dawn Boshcoff, VP Marketing
Past President, PWAC Toronto Chapter
Professional Writers Association of Canada
4.0 out of 5 stars Before You Say Yes...: A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards,
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for current and potential board members,
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!,
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Using insight from past and present members of boards - who share their ideas, challenges and tips - helps the reader understand the complexities involved in sitting on any Board. Topics like dealing with diverse personalities, Board etiquette, using technology for Board work and succession planning are just a few of the numerous and valuable components discussed in this book.
Any organization with a Board of Directors should ensure that their incoming Board members be given a copy of this book as an orientation and reference tool.
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide,
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book,
Doreen Pendgracs' central message is important: If you're serious about contributing to an organization (for free!), then take the process of committing to that organization as a board member as seriously as you would consider taking on a job. It's about matching your skills and objectives with the organization's needs and it's about making sure that you mesh with the organization's culture. Too often, we join a board because our skills match their needs, but we forget to consider whether (or not) we'll 'fit' with the culture and the obligations inherent in board membership.
The structure of the book is reader friendly: Each chapter opens with a brief recap of the previous chapter and a short overview of the current chapter. This keeps the content clear in the reader's mind and makes it really easy to dip into the book here and there yet sill know exactly how the current chapter is framed. That's intelligent planning on the author's part.
The text is broken up with numerous useful graphic elements ' checklists, tables, charts, etc., which make the layout very inviting. Pendgracs has included lots of references and resources for further reading and research ' very helpful for those of us who can get lost on today's overloaded information highway! And she explains many terms that are often tossed around the boardroom table without explanation ' fiduciary responsibility, for example.
Written in a friendly, engaging style, the book is a compilation of the author's own experience on boards and the experience of people she has met over her 25 years of volunteering. Pendgracs doesn't have all the answers ' how could any one person or book claim that? ' but she certainly covers a lot of topics, including backroom politicking and dealing with difficult people. Anyone contemplating joining a board ' or wondering why they are still contributing to a board but getting nothing from the experience ' will benefit from reading this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend,
4.0 out of 5 stars What I know now,
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Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards by Doreen Pendgracs (Paperback - March 15 2010)
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