Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership

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The authors provide a range of ideas on how to approach generational shifts in leadership so that the contributions of long-time leaders are valued, new and younger leaders' talent is recognized, and groups are better prepared to work across generational divides. Giving context to these differences, they explore the current assumptions about the upcoming transition between generations in the social sector; introduce new ideas or frames for thinking about generational leadership change; and examine ...

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Overview

The authors provide a range of ideas on how to approach generational shifts in leadership so that the contributions of long-time leaders are valued, new and younger leaders' talent is recognized, and groups are better prepared to work across generational divides. Giving context to these differences, they explore the current assumptions about the upcoming transition between generations in the social sector; introduce new ideas or frames for thinking about generational leadership change; and examine how this change poses individual, organizational, and systemic challenges for those in the social sector. In addition, they provide numerous examples and practical exercises to show how to address these issues. The book concludes with critical advice on how to communicate across generations and key recommendations for future 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: 1,409,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Helen Kim is a consultant with experience in community organizing, fundraising, and organizational development and specializes in strategic planning, board development, executive coaching, and leadership transition.

Robby Rodriguez is the executive director of SouthWest Organizing 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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