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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance; Pap/Cdr edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940069652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940069657
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David La Piana, the founder of La Piana Consulting, is recognized as one of the social sector's leading thinkers and consultants. He is known for an ability to quickly get to the core of complex strategic questions and for working collaboratively with clients to devise innovative solutions that meet their needs and accelerate their growth.

David coined the term "strategic restructuring" to refer to the continuum of mergers, joint ventures, consolidations, and joint programming through which nonprofits attempt to anticipate or respond to environmental threats and opportunities. He works closely with major foundations and national nonprofits to promote new ideas and tools that can enhance nonprofits' effectiveness. His work is driven by a commitment to building a more just and equitable world.

David has taught graduate level courses at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of San Francisco's Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management. A popular speaker, he is a regular contributor to the national dialogue on nonprofit and foundation effectiveness and the future of the social sector. He is widely published and frequently interviewed by the media for his opinions on trends in the sector. He also recently published his first novel: First Generation.

David's latest nonprofit book is The Nonprofit Business Plan: A Leader's Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model. Among his many previously-published books and monographs are: The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World (2008);Play to Win: The Nonprofit Guide to Competitive Strategy (2005), voted in the top three Nonprofit Book of the Year Awards from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management;The Nonprofit Mergers Workbook, Part I: Considering, Negotiating, and Executing a Merger (2000, 2nd edition 2008); and Part II: Unifying the Organization After A Merger (2004);Strategic Restructuring: Mergers, Integrations, and Alliances (2003);Tool for Assessing Startup Nonprofits: Due Diligence Guide for Grantmakers (2003);Real Collaboration: A Guide for Grantmakers (2001);Beyond Collaboration: Strategic Restructuring for Nonprofit Organizations (1997)

David received his Master of Public Administration degree in nonprofit management from the University of San Francisco, and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. A former VISTA volunteer, David has held senior management positions with the YMCA, The International Institute, and East Bay Agency for Children, a multifaceted human services agency which grew ten-fold under his leadership.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pfaff on June 7, 2013
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This approach to strategic planning seems more additive than revolutionary.

It was published in 2008, however, so perhaps its groundbreaking claims are plausible.

The idea of "real-time" strategic planning does reiterate and complement principles that stand in stark contrast to traditional strategic-planning models (e.g. SWOT analysis and episodic three-year planning efforts). Unfortunately, these plans are largely abandoned by nonprofit managers, because of shifting circumstances, such as staff turnover; and because they are not benchmarked and integrated into the management process.

I have never appreciated the traditional model, but I understand its origins. I know how it became the standard. I have written before that these models - borrowed from business schools - are based on the premise that its outcomes - such as the company's products and services - generate much of the company's revenue. For most nonprofits, the outcome of the strategic-planning process - the organization's programs and services - is a cost. It is a highly valuable, but inherently unprofitable outcome. Oops! This misalignment renders traditional business planning and strategic planning models inappropriate and sometimes harmful to nonprofit planning efforts.

As a result, organizations often adopt separate "development" plans, unaligned with their strategic planning objectives. Its a common organizational weakness: those who raise money, those who manage money, and those who conduct programs...are rarely on the same page - literally.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Curious on December 18, 2012
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Down to earth, hands on approach to strategic planning processes (in contrast to the traditional emphasis on producing a detailed written strategic plan). The book is readable, well-organized, and thoughtful. Unfortunately it comes without the CD - they refer you to a website and give you a passcode instead, but the downloadable files were gobbledy-gook, and the phone number and email address listed on the web page no longer worked. I suspect this is because the original publisher has been bought twice since the book first came out.
Some, but not all, of the resources listed as being on the CD are included in the book. I am on the board of a local community non-profit, and am intrigued by this approach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SC Lady on January 22, 2011
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This book is very hands-on practical for those who want to think and plan in the real world. He provides the reasoning needed and the framework for making strategizing a practical process. All of the forms needed are provided, as well as the format for a full day planning session with your team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PSS on February 10, 2014
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As a consultant, I have shelves of books on nonprofit management. This is the book which I use and refer the most to others. It is thought provoking while being practical. What makes this book worth every penny, besides the content is that it comes with all the tools you will need to go through the process with your organization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Holland on August 14, 2013
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Strategic plans are ubiquitous, but making a good and relevant one is more difficult. La Piana's book gives good advice and points you in the right direction, even if it falls short of being revolutionary in my opinion. If you need a strategic plan (or just strategy), this is a good place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo on May 22, 2013
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I've used this book to facilitate several strategic planning sessions with great results. Online tools are also great. I highly recommend for any nonprofit professional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lefty on February 22, 2013
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Great book to add to my tool box. As a business consultant to nonprofits, this book is essential to incorporate in your tool box of top reads.
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