Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership

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Working Across Generations

Leadership change is happening today in organizations all acrossthe United States. In both business and the nonprofit socialsector, as well as in government and foundations, long-time leadersare talking about what they will do next and wondering who willtake their place while new generations prepare for the future. Itis a time of great hope and possibility, and a time of challengeand loss. Working Across Generations offers those working in ...

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Overview

Working Across Generations

Leadership change is happening today in organizations all acrossthe United States. In both business and the nonprofit socialsector, as well as in government and foundations, long-time leadersare talking about what they will do next and wondering who willtake their place while new generations prepare for the future. Itis a time of great hope and possibility, and a time of challengeand loss. Working Across Generations offers those working in andaffiliated with nonprofit groups the opportunity to think ahead andto proceed thoughtfully during this turbulent period of change. Itpresents a comprehensive look at the leadership transition andgenerational shift that the nonprofit sector faces and givesreaders practical advice on how they can prepare for thisinevitable shift in healthy ways.

The authors provide a range of ideas on how to approachgenerational shifts in leadership so that the contributions oflong-time leaders are valued, new and younger leaders' talent isrecognized, and groups are better prepared to work acrossgenerational divides. Giving context to these differences, theyexplore the current assumptions about the upcoming transitionbetween generations in the social sector; introduce new ideas orframes for thinking about generational leadership change; andexamine how this change poses individual, organizational, andsystemic challenges for those in the social sector. In addition,they provide numerous examples and practical exercises to show howto address these issues. The book concludes with critical advice onhow to communicate across generations and key recommendations forfuture research and action.

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Recipient of the 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal in Philanthropy/Charity/Nonprofit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470195482
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/27/2008
  • Series: Kim Klein's Fundraising Series, #24
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 820,565
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Kunreuther is the director and founder of theBuilding Movement Project, which works to strengthen the role ofU.S. nonprofit organizations as sites for social change and focusesin part on generational change in leadership.

Helen Kim is a consultant with experience in communityorganizing, fundraising, and organizational development andspecializes in strategic planning, board development, executivecoaching, and leadership transition.

Robby Rodriguez is the executive director of SouthWestOrganizing Project (SWOP), a statewide multi-racial, multi-issue,community-based membership organization in New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part One: Generations of Leaders 1

1 Which Crisis? 3

2 Meet the Generations 21

3 Roles and Values: Laying the Groundwork 55

Part Two: Shifts Happen: Moving Forward 75

4 The Boomers Are Leaving? 77

5 Solving the Crisis: A New Generation of Leaders 107

6 Leading Across Generations 147

Selected Resources 177

About the Authors 183

Index 186

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  • Posted January 24, 2009

    Timely, relevant and thoughtful

    I have recommended this book highly to colleagues of both "Baby Boomer" and "Gen x" generations. It offers a thoughtful and more nuanced "read" of the current shifts in non-profit leadership (about which there has been a recent surge of literature.) The text presents some complex ideas in a very accessible voice. Anyone broadly interested in the non-profit sector would benefit from reading this book-- although the the findings will be particularly relevant for leaders, board members, managers, and front line staff of non profit and/or social justice organizations, foundation leaders/philanthropists, non profit consultants and academics.

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