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"Connecting..." is actually fun to read, and chock full of practical stories, insights, processes and guiding principles for servant leaders and members to build member-driven, continuously improving networks. It addresses why there are inherent difficulties in networks made of organizations. It provides a high-power lens with which to examine and precisely improve network functions (and reduce dysfunction).
" Connecting..." raised and largely answered provocative questions:
1. Are we collecting the right kind of information often enough?
2. How might our value proposition need adjustment (again)?
3. Key network nodes can come to feel like they are "faced with insurmountable opportunities," to quote Walt Kelly's Pogo. How can networks manage this overload so as to avoid its many, serious negative consequences? What about when its difficult to simply engage less, the interactions keep escalating, and additional resources are not available?
4. Most people, organizations and funders want to support doers, not servant leaders whose work is indirect. How can networks find sustained resources to support their "unsexy" intermediary role?
Networks commonly experience failures of leadership, are over-whelmed by factors outside participants' influence, and are even intentionally destroyed by those who find them a threat to their interests and/or personality. The authors have such rich depth of experience and research, can a subsequent edition or an article offer case study analyses, and lessons learned from such challenges?
This book can even help the millions of interconnected individuals and organizations working for social change which aren't part of formal networks. May they find and use it!
Senior Advisor, Energy & Buildings, Health Care Without Harm
It is here where this comprehensive book comes in. Whether you are a small company, non-profit, a megacorp or even a government body, there is greater than ever acceptance that it is better to build a network or alliance. There can be strength and diversity in numbers. The authors contend that despite it being fairly obvious “why” such things are a benefit, there is a shortage of the “how” and here they offer field-tested information on how to form and manage social-impact networks.
A combined mix of background information, operational frameworks, practical advice and evidence-based case studies are offered up. It is unfortunate that this book felt a bit too U.S.-centric: it is hard to say exactly why this seemed to be a small problem but it just was a nagging feeling throughout. Nonetheless the central messages being provided were not diluted. The “company man” might not be the same as before, instead there could be the equivalent of “spiders” who sit in the centre of their webs – interconnected webs – and helping achieve much more as part of a team than what might be possibly available in isolation.
Certainly the book gave a lot of thoughts to the reader and it is backed up by a lot of additional reading sources. If you approach the subject with an open mind you potentially have a lot to gain. The change has happened already so it might be a question of “when” rather than “if” you jump on-board, should you still be riding in the slipstream of others. It is more than possible, of course, that you are already there but just haven’t realized it yet…. It won’t be a book for everybody but if you invest the time and trouble to read it, you invariably will get much back in return.
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