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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060851149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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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Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) was considered the top management thinker of his time. He authored over 25 books, with his first, The End of Economic Man published in 1939. His ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. One of his most famous disciples alive today is Jack Welch. He was a teacher, philosopher, reporter and consultant.

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His conversational style, as well as conversations are very engaging and easy to read.
Mark A. Savage
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: Managers/leaders in the non-profit sector should consider this a must read.
Bradley A. Swope
Good intentions are not enough; one needs a plan, marketing, people and money to get good results.
Robert Wynkoop

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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Bradley A. Swope on January 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
REVIEW: It has been said that the non-profit sector has been slow to accept the value of management education and practices basically because of the assumption that "management" means "business management". This book clearly bridges that gap and explains lucidly what makes for achieving non-profit leaders and effective non-profit institutions. The book is not a theoretical work or an academic one. It is rather an extremely practical show-and-tell about being a great manager in a non-profit organization. It is almost a "how-to" but doesn't stoop to the level of the ubiquitus but never effective "10 step program". You will be more effective by absorbing this material.
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.
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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Webb on May 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
Mr. Drucker details the unique motivations of the non-profit organization and explains the management methods necessary to navigate this organization type.
Another great work by Drucker. Even if you are not in the non-profit world I recommend that you read this.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
PART ONE: THE MISSION COMES FIRST: AND YOUR ROLE AS A LEADER. 1. The Commitment. 2. Leadership Is a Foul-Weather Job. 3. Setting New Goals-Interview with Frances Hesselbein. 4. What the Leader Owes-Inteview with Max De Pree. 5. Summary: The Action Implications.
PART TWO: FROM MISSION TO PERFORMANCE: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MARKETING, INNOVATION, AND FUND DEVELOPMENT. 1. Converting Good Intentions into Results. 2. Winning Strategies. 3. Defining the Market-Interview with Philip Kolter. 4. Building the Donor Constituency-Interview with Dudley Hafner. 5. Summary: The Action Implications.
PART THREE: MANAGING FOR PERFORMANCE: HOW TO DEFINE IT; HOW TO MEASURE IT. 1. What is the Bottom Line When There is No "Bottom Line"? 2. Don't's and Do's-The Basic Rules. 3. The Effective Decision. 4. How to Make the Schools Accountable-Interview with Albert Shanker. 5. Summary: The Action Implications.
PART FOUR: PEOPLE AND RELATIONSHIPS: YOUR STAFF, YOUR BOARD, YOUR VOLUNTEERS, YOUR COMMUNITY. 1. People Decisions. 2. The Key Relationships. 3. From Volunteers to Unpaid Staff-Interview with Father Leo Bartel. 4. The Effective Board-Interview with Dr. David Hubbard. 5. Summary: The Action Implications.
PART FIVE: DEVELOPING YOURSELF: AS A PERSON, AS AN EXECUTIVE, AS A LEADER. 1. You Are Responsible. 2.
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on October 17, 2003
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Non-profit institutions, the agents of human change, have moved from the margins to the center of American society because government has limited ability to perform social tasks. As non-profits are the nation's biggest "employer" when considering the numbers of hours contributed by volunteers they need good management. There is not much material available to help non-profit leaders and management with such areas as mission, strategy, organization, marketing, raising money, innovation, use of volunteers and human resources, the role of the board, and relationships with a diversity of constituencies. This lack of material combined with high levels of commitment may contribute to the high rate of burnout. Although non-profit institutions have been America's resounding success and growth industry over the last fifty years they still receive only 2-3% of GNP while the share for medicine and education has increased several times. Drucker considers the first task ahead for non-profits to be the conversion of "donors" into "contributors." Contributing time to a non-profit gives people a sense of community, purpose, direction and the ability to perform and achieve. But most non-profits still have to learn this. This book therefore sets out to do two things: provide advice from the business world appropriate to the non-profit and, through interviews with distinguished non-profit performers, show what can and should be done.
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.
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