- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (October 11, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787967556
- ISBN-13: 978-0787967550
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
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"In the revised edition of Strategic Planning for Public and Non-Profit organizations, John Bryson has taken a first-rate organizational resource to a higher level. The new material in change, implementation, and leadership complements his detailed and practical discussion of planning techniques and processes. This book is now the complete guide for strategic management in public and non-profit organizations." -James L. Perry, Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, and editor, Handbook of Public Administration
"When I'm asked for advice on strategic planning for government or nonprofits, the very first resource I recommend is John Bryson's book. It is a must-have tool for anyone working toward the common good." -Beverly Stein, chair, Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, Portland, Oregon
"Bryson's book is an extremely useful and lucid introduction to strategic planning. It will open the door for many people to a new and more productive way of preparing for the future than rlying on conventional planning and management techniques." -Judith Innes, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, and director, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley
"Strategic planning for Public and Non-Profit Organizations is already a classic, and the new revised edition reconfirms John Bryson's place as the international leader in the field." -Paul C. Light, Director, Public Policy Program, The Pew Charitable Trusts
"Bryson's book presents a ver thoughtful and thorough approach to strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations. It's an extremely useful reference and guide." -Bryan Barry, Director, Services to Organizations, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
"John Bryson's work illuminates the path to sound strategic planning for those of us in government who want to improve the quality and lower the cost of public services. Bryson's insights also serve as an excellent guide to transforming seemingly immutable constraints into opportunities. His emphasis on the link between strategic planning and leadership is right on the mark." -David R. Riemer, Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Milwukee, Wisconsin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“John Bryson provides the tools leaders need to guide organizations and collaborations through a strategic planning process. His third edition should be required reading for anyone leading a nonprofit or public organization.”
--Terri Barreiro, director, Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship, Saint John’s University, and former vice president for Community Impact of the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
“John Bryson’s book is an immensely valuable resource for leaders, professionals, researchers and other participants in public and nonprofit settings. Anyone professing competence in public and nonprofit management needs to know what Bryson says about strategic planning.”
--Hal G. Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia, and author, Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, Third Edition
“The arrival of a new edition of this authoritative and highly usable book is very good news. Bryson explains strategic planning systematically and clearly in this valuable work.”
--Judith E. Innes, Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
“John Bryson’s book has quickly become the classic guide for making better decisions – and getting better results. The third edition introduces new concepts, like managing for results and creating public value, while maintaining the powerful, disciplined thinking of previous editions. It is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking to cope with the growing challenges of managing the tough environment of the public and nonprofit world.”
--Donald F. Kettl, Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin – Madison; author, The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-First Century America and The Global Public Management Revolution
“If you are committed to the future effectiveness of your organization and the people it serves, this is the key resource book for you. John challenges our strategic thinking on the one hand, whilst providing us with practical tools to deliver meaningful strategies and plans on the other.”
--Irene Hewitt, chief executive, The Beeches Management Centre for Health and Personal Social Services, Belfast, Northern Ireland
"The new edition of Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations brings two needed gifts to this field: An excellent summary of the principles and theory behind leading and managing in a strategic way, and a solid process and great set of tools, which leaders and future leaders can use to make their institutions more responsive and effective."
--Bryan Barry, principal consultant, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Center for Communities, St. Paul, MN
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If you are considering this text for your use, I would strongly recommend one of the others; if your professor has assigned this, beg him or her to choose another. This is an overcomplicated repetitive mess of a manifesto on Bryson's self-important and overcomplicated view of what should be a straightforward topic. And it is sheer pain to read.
- Bryson is verbose and overcomplicates everything - He would cite five sources to tell you the sun has risen, just so you would know that he is well-read . . . he never uses 50 words when he can use 500 or better yet 1,000. That makes this a really tough read. Bryson never heard that brevity is the soul of wit.
- This book is incredibly repetitive - he seemingly does not have a lot of faith in his reader, so he says everything five times. His lack of respect for the reader goes so far as to tell you how to set up a room for a meeting, how to cover use a dry erase board and easel paper, and just to be helpful he even includes a template of an oval for you to use in making ovals to post during your meeting. A blank page in the book with a black outline of an oval. I wish I were kidding. Bryson doesn't have a lot of respect for the rest of us.
- He is a terrible writer. His paragraphs are lengthy and disjointed. His constant citing of sources is ludicrous. He is one of those people in the world who can't just say what he has to say, he has to make everyone think he's smarter than they are. But if he were somewhat smarter, he'd have had the insight to make this book actually readable.
- Bryson seems to be a classic example of a consultant with no real-world experience. He barely covers leadership, a pretty important topic, but in addition to his helpful advice on ovals and easel paper, he does discuss the uses of dishonesty and selective disclosure in the planning process, but in such a throw away manner that all you can get is how clever he wants you to think he is.
- He proselytizes incessantly. Bryson spends a lot of effort on his view of how one should achieve transcendence (really! - you can't make this up!) while making numerous and repetitive political statements against conservatives, corporate interests and a variety of others.
I realize that most of you will be buying this book because you have to, as it will have been selected for you by your professor. Beg your professor to choose another text. There are several much better ones out there. Plead. Do whatever it takes. This is the one of the worst books I have ever encountered. It is truly terrible and extremely frustrating.
There are about 58 pages (including acknowledgments, preface, and biographical info about the author) of uninteresting stuff that is of no interest to me at all to start the book out. He spends a good portion of the first 58 pages trying to convince me that strategic planning is important. I ALREADY OBTAINED THE BOOK, so I already know it is important! I don't need to be convinced. He also steps up on his soap box, like a typical college professor, and spouts off about every issue from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to global warming, universal healthcare, the UN, currency manipulation in China, etc, etc, etc. By the time he as done with all of that, he had me good and convinced that I had made the wrong decision in obtaining this book.
Listen, Professor Bryson, I am NOT one of your college students. I have a wife and 4 kids, and I'm the leader of a rather large non-profit organization. Get your head out of the clouds, come on down to earth, show some respect for my time, and cut this book IN HALF! I don't care about your opinion on ANYTHING other than what I am PAYING you to talk to me about: Strategic planning! I don't have the time or desire to sift through all of your personal political beliefs. I wanted a clear, concise, and helpful guide through the process of strategic planning, and this book does NOT deliver the goods.
Anyone who gets the book ought to SKIP through everything up to chapter two. There is some very helpful information in chapter two, if you can keep your eyes from glazing over long enough to pull it out. But even in that chapter, on pages 44 and 45, he offers a model of the strategic planning process that is so completely convoluted that he may has well have written it in Sanskrit. My gosh, anyone even considering taking on a strategic planning initiative can just take one look at that model and be completely convinced NOT to move forward with the planning at all.
As I said, there is some helpful information in this book, particularly in chapter two. But be prepared. This is a text book, college style. It made my eyes glaze over with its wordiness and blather, it made my eyes roll as I sifted through the political ravings of the author, and it ticked me off as I considered the amount of my time this guy was wasting with his over 500 page book, that would have been cut down to no more than 250 if his editor had had any guts, common sense, or appreciation of the value of the reader's time at all.
That's all I care to say.
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AND THAT WAS BEFORE I FINISHED CHAPTER ONE.