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Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofitby J. Gregory Dees
Synopses & Reviews
The idea of social entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly popular as nonprofit leaders search for new ways to serve their missions and generate funds for their organizations. In their book Enterprising Nonprofits, the authors offered new ways to apply the lessons of business entrepreneurship to social enterprises. This book enriches the toolkit offered in the first book by providing additional tools for thinking strategically about value creation, income generation, and growth.
Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs focuses on improving your entrepreneurial effectiveness. It integrates the latest thinking on business entrepreneurship with the very best ideas about nonprofit management in a practical and accessible package that requires no prior business training. It includes interviews with many of todays most successful social entrepreneurs and profiles of highly effective enterprising nonprofits. It also presents real-world models for applying the books concepts to your nonprofits day-to-day management and strategic positioning.
The goal of the social entrepreneur is to make the world a better place, and you can do that more effectively with Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs. Using these tools, forward-thinking nonprofit leaders can be more enterprising and have greater positive, long-term impact in their chosen fields. All the fundamental issues of social entrepreneurship are discussed, including ways to create value strategically, grow in new directions, and manage your changing organization.
In addition to contributions from the three lead authors, youll benefit from the advice of thinkers at the forefront of this emerging and dynamic field, including:
Exercises, checklists, and action steps allow you to tailor these concepts to your specific needs while remaining true to your founding vision. Whether youre a nonprofit CEO, board member, staffer, or volunteer, the world-class guidance presented in this volume will help you recognize and pursue new opportunities to serve your mission bestthrough innovation, adaptation, and learning.
Book News Annotation:
Offering advice on how to apply lessons from business enterprises to the operation of non-profit organizations, this work suggests social enterprises can thrive when they incorporate concepts of strategic service, competitive and cooperative strategy, human resource management, board management, donor-investors, performance information and evaluation, earned income strategies, and organizational change.
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A complete set of tools for applying entrepreneurial strategies and techniques to your nonprofit
As a follow-up to their book Enterprising Nonprofits, the authors of Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs provide a full set of practical tools for putting the lessons of business entrepreneurship to work in your nonprofit. The book offers hands-on guidance that helps social sector leaders hone their entrepreneurial skills and carry out their social missions more effectively than ever before. This practical and easy-to-use book is filled with examples, exercises, checklists, and action steps that bring the concepts, frameworks, and tools to life. Detailed explanations of all the tools and techniques will help you personalize and apply them to your nonprofit organizationmaking it stronger, healthier, and better able to serve the needs of our communities.
Praise for Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs
"I search constantly for resources that can help provide insight and guidance to take Teach For America to a higher level; Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs does this and more. The book takes the best practices of for-profits and social enterprises and adapts them to the needs of entrepreneurial, mission-driven nonprofits. Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs is a tremendous contribution to social entrepreneurs and to the nonprofit sectormany thanks to the authors for identifying this need and filling it!"
Founder and President, Teach For America
All of the royalties from this book will be used by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support continuing work on social entrepreneurship.
About the Author
J. GREGORY DEES is Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Prior to coming to Duke, he served as the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business where he was the founding codirector of the new Center for Social Innovation.
JED EMERSON is Senior Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and lecturer at the Center for Social Innovation, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
PETER ECONOMY is Associate Editor of Leader to Leader magazine and bestselling author of Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra.
Mr. Dees, Mr. Emerson, and Mr. Economy also previously collaborated on Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs (Wiley).
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
PART I: CREATING A STRATEGIC SERVICE VISION.
Chapter 1: Developing a Strategic Service Vision (James L. Heskett).
Chapter 2: Developing an Entrepreneurial Competitive Strategy (Jerry Kitzi).
Chapter 3: Cooperative Strategy: Building Networks, Partnerships, and Alliances (Jerry Kitzi).
Chapter 4: Leading, Retailing, and Rewarding People Entrepreneurially (Peter Economy).
Chapter 5: Managing Your Board Entrepreneurially (Jerry Kitzi).
Chapter 6: Treating Your Donors as Investors (Kay Sprinkel Grace).
Chapter 7: Working with Community.
Chapter 8: Performance Information that Really Performs (Fay Twersky and Jill Blair).
PART II: GROWING AND EXPLORING NEW DIRECTIONS.
Chapter 9: Developing Viable Earned Income Strategies (Beth Battle Anderson, J. Gregory Dees, and Jed Emerson).
Chapter 10: The Question of Scale: Finding an Appropriate Strategy for Building on Your Success (Melissa A. Taylor, J. Gregory Dees, and Jed Emerson).
Chapter 11: Managing Organizational Change (Betty Henderson Wingfield).
Chapter 12: Growing with an Entrepreneurial Mind-Set (Steve Roling).
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