From Publishers Weekly
Lublin, CEO of the youth volunteering organization Do Something and founder of Dress for Success, shows organizations how to get more done with less of everything, especially money and personnel, while keeping innovation, passion, and creativity high. Sharing insightful stories and strategies from her own experiences and from stars in the not-for-profit world such as Billy Shore from Share Our Strength, Wendy Kopp from Teach for America, and John Lilly from Mozilla, she debunks the most prevalent myth in business today—that salary drives great performance and stellar productivity. She proposes that companies broaden their rewards and their understanding of compensation so that people become deeply motivated to excel and offers techniques for extracting the best from people including creating a stimulating workplace, offering skill development, and doling out titles liberally. She also shares advice on branding, doing more for customers, stretching finances, and more. Concluding each chapter with 11 questions to prompt creativity in specific areas, she propels readers on the road to positive change. Inspiring, wise, and eminently practical, this book distills the best practices that any company—private or public—can adopt, and that no leader should be without. (June)
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"Nancy Lublin has brought so much energy to the non-profit sector and the world is a much better place because of it. I'm so glad she wrote a book to give us all a window into how she thinks and makes things happen. Regardless of your professional sector, you'll find Zilch
full of inspiration and great ideas."
-Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder, Teach for America
"Nancy's great energy and experience come through in her book as she provides great lessons for business and life to be more effective. Nancy's 11 question approach is a great way to make you think about how her principles apply to what we do everyday in business. I enjoyed the book and am already thinking about how I can do more with less."
-Ken Hicks, president and CEO, Foot Locker, Inc.
"Anyone who can start an internationally respected not-for-profit with just $5,000 has a lot to teach today's business world. Inspiring and practical, this book is a must read for anyone running a business. Including me."
-Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post
"Nancy Lublin is a star! She knows how to really make a difference in a most efficient and pragmatic way...and now teaches us how to do it!"
-Diane von Furstenberg
"Nancy Lublin has done the uptight business world a big favor. Borrowing from her experience as found of Dress for Success and now CEO of Do Something, Nancy lays out a strategy for business success in the simplest terms. It's a smart, sassy, and plain spoken book full of great ideas on his to run a for-profit company. Using compelling anecdotes for her 'not-for-profit' world, Nancy's amazing energy and imagination comes through in every chapter. Zilch
is a no nonsense survival manual for fat cats."
-Jim Berrien, president and COO of Mother Nature Network, former president of Forbes Magazine Group
"In a reset world, Zilch
provides a timely approach for operating in the 'New Normal'. Nancy Lublin's expansive nonprofit experience provides rich organizational insights for businesses of all sizes."
-Carol L. Cone, chairman, Cone
"Nancy identifies some amazing non-profits, whose organizations and business models are inspirations for all organizations. Her book is important."
-Reid Hoffman, founder, LinkedIn
"Zilch is an important read for anyone in the business or non-profit worlds."
-Bill George, professor, Harvard Business School, and author of True North
"An amazing book! Whether you are working in a for-profit or non-profit, this book offers sage, practical advice to expand your mind and your organization's effectiveness. I read the whole book in one sitting, tagged numerous pages, and have revised my leadership practices in light of Nancy's ideas - all to good effect."
-Daniel L. Shapiro, director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, co- author, Beyond Reason
"This book is a must-read for any leader managing through difficult times and having to do more with less."
-L. Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Heidrick & Struggles