|I’ve really enjoyed being part of Management Café. I love that someone else filters the best books for me so I’m reading what’s essential in the nonprofit sector.
– Gretchen Minekime
The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
The Management Café is an innovative and unique professional development opportunity that pairs CausePlanet’s Page to Practice™ book summaries with a circle of nonprofit managers in a virtual, monthly book club to engage in facilitated discussions about nonprofit management.
Be a better leader by summer.
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Date: 2nd Wednesday of the Month from January – June 2013
Starting Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The first meeting is an in person meeting and all the other meetings are in a webinar format you can log-in from your desk
Cost: $75 for 6-month series
Details about the 2013 Management Café series is on our Training Calendar. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store…
Repeatability: Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change by Chris Zook and James Allen
- Find out why winning companies outperform competitors by repeating what works based on three key principles.
- Eliminate layers of complexity in your organization that stymie growth and weaken your core programs.
- Learn how enduring success in an increasingly complex world comes from steadfastly maintaining a form of simplicity in your core business.
- Build a stable nonprofit for a world of constant change.
The Nonprofit Business Plan: The Leader’s Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model by David La Piana, Heather Gowdy, Lester Olmstead-Rose, Brent Copen
- Find out what six questions every planning team should answer at the beginning of the business planning process.
- Understand the method for assessing the health of an organization’s current business model.
- Determine what the basic framework is for creating your plan and discover the specific financial tools nonprofit leaders can use.
- Learn about the important differences between strategic planning and business planning and how the two efforts should interact with one another.
Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine
- Learn how to use social media metrics and data intelligence to improve your decision making and quantify success.
- Find out why networked nonprofits measure failure first and understand the causes of social media success.
- Avoid bogus metrics and meaningless data so you can efficiently manage your social media activity.
- Discover how you can measure your social media impact on your mission and organizational goals rather than simply adding up numbers.
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims
- Learn from wildly successful individuals and companies about how to achieve remarkable results by using a surprisingly simple approach.
- Discover why methodically taking small, experimental steps outperforms starting with a big idea or planning an entire project in advance.
- Reveal extraordinary outcomes by making a series of little bets about what might be a good direction to take and learning critical information from lots of little failures.
- Apply the author’s deep and extensive research that proves why productive, creative thinkers and doers practice a simple set of often counterintuitive methods.
Match: A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time by Dan Erling
- Use powerful strategies to craft job descriptions that precisely fit your organization’s needs.
- Build teams and departments that align with your mission.
- Retain top talent for long-term hiring ROI.
- Integrate new hires and ensure they are maximizing their performance.
Buy-In: Saving Your Good Ideas From Getting Shot Down by John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead
- Learn how to protect your good ideas and win the support necessary to deliver valuable results.
- Understand and overcome unfair attack strategies that naysayers, nitpickers and handwringers deploy with great success.
- Engage the minds and hearts of your adversaries and anticipate challenges in order to use them to your advantage.
- “Invite the lions” to critique your idea–you’ll capture busy people’s attention and help them grasp your proposal’s value.
What makes our book club virtual?
Virtual meetings: The Nonprofit Cultivation Center hosts each book club via webcast after the first meeting so you can stay ahead of the curve without having to leave your desk while engaging in dynamic dialogue about substantive topics.
Virtual reading: No door stops or lengthy tomes. CausePlanet hand picks business book summaries from their Page to Practice™ summary library so you’re reading best practices synthesized for quick reading and application each month.
What is Page to Practice™? It’s a one-of-a-kind professional development tool keeps you informed about great books and best practices. Each Page to Practice™ summary includes an executive snapshot, nonprofit interpretations, highlighted passages, an author interview and more. Informed Page to Practice™ subscribers make better book choices and, ultimately, save time and money.
Virtual book club. Real outcomes. Learn about new business concepts with your peers by discussing the latest books relevant to nonprofit managers. Add to your network of management colleagues from whom you can draw upon for advice and information sharing during and after the book club series. With Page to Practice™ as part of your reading regime, you can improve your personal performance, compare the views of leading nonprofit thinkers and respond to emerging trends.