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"Keating's book is part handbook, part workbook, part case manual and part business diary stemming from the author's combined 50-year history of providing information technology, policy, and management consulting.  It is a highly business savvy narrative that takes you inside the boardrooms of so many nonprofit entities. You're bound to recognize a few versions of your own experience between the lines." - Seattle 24x7.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478171049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478171041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,260,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doña Keating is President and CEO of Professional Options, a prominent innovator in the policy and management consulting industry which provides solutions for businesses, organisations and governmental agencies. She is also a principal in K2 Strategic Solutions, a partnership between Professional Options and Keating Consulting Service which has a combined 50 year history of providing information technology, policy, and management consulting.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim McKoy on August 24, 2012
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Having been privileged to have had Dona Keating work with me and my executive board on strategic planning, I sincerely looked forward to her new book. I knew that her insights on what many of the pitfalls of nonprofit hell are would resonate with most readers, and that her well placed suggestions throughout would be "spot on". For me it was the sections about deciding "who you want to be", Founder's Syndrome (I never thought of the flip side) and meetings. With those parts I found myself shaking my head affirmatively in a fairly vigorous manner as I read along.

I found this book to be a quick and easy read. It can certainly bring the novice board member up to a new level of understanding. Yet its brilliance is that it also serves as a terrific reminder for the seasoned board professional to know that there really are ways to avoid pitfalls.

Wholeheartedly endorsed by this reader!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Calvez on August 1, 2012
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"In her book 'How To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Nonprofit Hell' Doña
Keating delivers a transparent view of the inner workings of the world
of nonprofits. Her wisdom and long experience, navigating the perils
of nonprofit politics, shine through in this candid discourse of how
to fail, but more importantly how to succeed as a not-for-profit
entity."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Keating on July 18, 2012
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This is not your dreary, long-winded how-to book but a quick read, with keen wit and observations on the inner workings of many non-profit boards. Given the important work done by so many non-profit organizations in less than ideal situations, this book should be required reading or at least the emergency escape hatch. It gets right to point -- so expect if not a tear to your eye then a wide smile if you have been there. Hope there are more books coming...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Huff on August 21, 2012
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The author provides a quick overview of the workings of nonprofit boards. Having lived through several of the Hell inducing scenarios I found the material to offer realistic accounting of problems and resolutions. Among the pearls within is the mantra wisdom, wealth and work concerning a board without any workers. I found myself smiling thinking about tough situations and realizing that even my own participation on boards has fallen into a problematic category when I was burned out.

While this book didn't quench my thirst it did wet my whistle. I ended up with two copies and have ensured my extra went to a friend on the local school board.
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