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Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity Paperback – 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Venture Philanthropy Partners (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098349200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983492009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I volunteer for a major U.S. symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and also serve on the board of the Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers (AMSOV). The chapter on culture makes Leap of Reason worth reading by all volunteers. The book is easy to download to a kindle. The chapter addresses the importance of an organization's culture and how to change it, if necessary. During this time of scarce monies for our fundraising efforts, many volunteer organizations need to return to a performance culture to ensure survival of their organization. Mario Marino gives explicit help on how to nurture a performance culture, which I found most useful and practical.
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For nearly 15 years I've worked with and for organizations in the nonprofit and government sectors, and one of the most common and debilitating problems I've run into is a lack of outcomes orientation. This book, written in an approachable style by Mario Morino and additional case study authors, provides a clarion call to action for the nonprofit field and its individual leaders. The first half of the book revolves around Mario making a heartfelt case for outcomes-based management. This alone makes the book worth a read, but when coupled with the case studies and individual essays the message takes on an even greater urgency. There will be winners and losers in the competition for nonprofit and public sector funding, especially in the current era of economic softness and budget cuts. Those who don't focus on outcomes management will definitely be among the losers.

If you are looking for a guidebook on how to implement outcomes-based management: sorry, you won't find it here. But that's not the purpose of this book. Instead, view this book as the practical inspiration for justifying an initiative or as confirmation for your current outcomes management effort.
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Mario Marino makes a strong case for why nonprofit need to be clearer about their goals and more rigorous in gauging their progress. The main message of his book centers on the importance of nonprofits having a clarity of mission, driven by a performance culture, in order to maximize the benefit to those they seek to serve. The book, a quick and compelling read, is extremely relevant for anyone involved in engaged philanthropy, especially foundation leaders and nonprofit consultants seeking to help nonprofits become more effective and efficient. Our foundation is incorporating the key tenants of this book to guide the development of a disciplined approach to managing our own progress to achieve intended outcomes, and we encourage other funders with an interest in strategic philanthropy to do the same. Mario and his team of practitioners provide a real world guide for nonprofit leaders seeking to sustain and grow their mission impact.
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This is one of those transformative books that can change the entire way you do business. For our non-profit, it was the catalyst we needed to convince the board that we were about more than just monthly financial statements. If you are wondering how to show the world you are accomplishing what you say you are doing, this is the book for you.
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This short monograph by Morino is a great way to get familiar with outcome-based thinking and how that relates to nonprofit management. Even if you are already well-versed in this subject matter, it serves as a energizing reminder to why this approach is so important to the future of the sector. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, I worked for a large corporation that placed a premium on the ability to identify and measure progress towards outcomes (as opposed to just outputs), so reading this book has been a breath of fresh air compared to my current experience in the sector.

Morino's monograph is supplemented by several essays by individuals from organizations that he mentions in the main piece.

This book is inexepnsive and I have both the Kindle and paper versions (which are both great). Buy several to hand out to your colleagues and board members!
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Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino (Venture Philanthropy Partners, 2011--reviewed by Steve Gladis, Ph.D. June 2011)
As a business owner who sits on nonprofit boards, I want to say "thank you" to Mario Morino. In his new book, Leap of Reason, he presents, on page 1, the bottom-line premise of the book: "We don't manage to outcomes, thus greatly diminishing our collective impact." Indeed, nonprofits are often so guided by their hearts that they often forget their heads. They are ultimately business-like entities--no money, no mission (as Stephen Covey would say). As such, nonprofits can't act on gut feeling, emotion, or intuition solely--especially in an era of budget trimming (more like severe budget pruning) and austerity. The country simply can't afford to keep investing in social-sector activities that can't sustain themselves. I really think this book could have been called "Good to Great for Doing Good." Jim Collins, vaunted author of Good to Great, has already written a neat monograph (Good to Great in the Social Sectors) in anticipation of social-sector research he's doing for a future book. And, with this book, Mario Morino has substantially added to social-sector literature and progress of this movement. A gifted businessman with an extraordinary and disciplined commitment to philanthropy, Morino has given all of us a new set of glasses to look at the social organizations we all love and care about deeply with a sharper eye that will ultimately help them do more good, for more people, for a longer time! Thanks again, Mario.

I will be reviewing this book in greater depth in July on my blog, Survival Leadership: [...]
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