I’m the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results. If you want all my thoughts on how to be a good manager, this book is it.
While the book is geared toward nonprofit managers because that’s what my co-author, Jerry Hauser (former COO of Teach For America and current head of The Management Center), and I care about most, there’s little in here that I wouldn’t recommend to any manager in any sector.
The book provides step-by-step guidance on the fundamentals that help managers produce and sustain great results, like how to set clear goals and hold people accountable to them; delegate specific responsibilities and ensure they’re executed well; create a results-oriented culture; hire, develop, and retain a staff of superstars; address performance problems forthrightly and replace staffers who fall short; and much more. We also included a bunch of tools, like sample scripts for talking about performance problems, worksheets for delegating well, and oh so much more.
You can buy Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results here. Tell your nonprofit-y friends! Buy it anonymously for your incompetent manager!
What people are saying:
“This book captures the nuts-and-bolts of management in a comprehensive, insightful, and practical manner. What a great resource for both nonprofit and for-profit managers.” – Les Silverman, director emeritus, McKinsey & Company
“Your management bible still sits on my desk and I’ve gifted it to more than a few other social entrepreneurs along the way… an invaluable resource!” – Abby Falik, Founder and CEO, Global Citizen Year
“I’ve bought it for all my managers. We walk around quoting it left and right. It’s a great piece of work.” – Nitzan Pelman, Executive Director, Citizen Schools New York
“I have found it to be incredibly useful. It is truly a remarkable achievement.” – Richard Buery, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children’s Aid Society
“What a great book! I bought it for my entire management team because I wanted them to benefit from its wisdom too.” – Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters
“I hand this book to every executive director I meet with because I have found it so valuable for myself and for my team.” – Judith Freeman, Executive Director, New Organizing Institute
“As one of my colleagues put it, ‘Managing to Change the World changed my life!’ It was hands-down the most helpful management book that I’ve read.” – Serena Unrein, Executive Director, Arizona Students’ Association