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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful with many examples (and Kindle Edition is good on Fire), December 17, 2011
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This review is from: Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices (Kindle Edition)
I've read the paperback copy of this book two times and skimmed the book a couple additional times to review my notes and highlights. I also purchased and transcribed my highlights to the Kindle Edition (which I purchased since I wanted to keep this book accessible to me). The key highlights of this nonprofit management book:

* It is broken into sections
* It is easy to read, and it is interesting since it has a very large number of examples and case studies
* There are a half dozen interview transcripts of Drucker and nonprofit leaders included in the book (most are useful, with only one that I thought was disappointing)
* Topics and action items are revisited several times in the book, solidifying key ideas
* I have no hesitation about recommending the Kindle Edition. The formatting is quite good on the Kindle Fire, and I assume also on other Kindles.

Generally with Drucker's books: There are many concrete examples and case studies that Drucker's ideas very clear. This is true in all of his books that I've read (4 now), though I think he has really perfected this structure over his decades of writing (I found his first book less effective, though still interesting). When reading Drucker's books, I always end up in the "hindsight is 20-20" perspective. Much of what he writes seems so obvious, but it is subtle enough that I don't recognize it without careful thought or his prompting. Even more importantly -- and is especially true in this nonprofit oriented book -- is that Drucker advises specific actions. These actions are not put in a list format, so I've found it helpful to highlight the book and take notes as I read.

My background is almost exclusively academic, though I'm also heavily involved in a group that creates free education products and will soon be applying for nonprofit status (OpenIntro). I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone who is starting an organization, nonprofit or for-profit, or anyone who has any oversight responsibilities. If you have any management responsibilities, you owe it to the people you work with to read this (or some similar) book.
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