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The Seven Deadly Sayings of Nonprofit Leaders

The Seven Deadly Sayings of Nonprofit Leaders…And How to Avoid Them

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Reid Zimmerman shows how to address each of the errant leadership practices and management tactics revealed by the utterance of the seven deadly sayings. He expertly shows you how to prevent these oft-fatal mistakes and how to lessen the negative impact to your organization when they occur.

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A sneeze, cough, and red, puffy eyes can point to either a menacing allergy or a deadly influenza. In much the same way, the seven deadly sayings, whether spoken or implied, are symptoms that something is wrong; that something is potentially deadly for the organization, or, if not deadly, at least that there is a debilitating flaw in the organizational structure. Either way, the sayings indicate that something is not quite right and needs either self-treatment or a visit to the doctor.

Fortunately, the utterance of one, or even several, of the deadly seven may not indicate a devastating consequence. The situation may not yet have risen to the level requiring CPR or emergency surgery. It may simply be the persistent cough of a process that is not working and needs fixing. These issues do, however, speak to the old adage . . . for want of a nail, the shoe was lost . . . for want of the shoe, the horse was lost, and on through the rider, the battle, and the war.

In The Seven Deadly Sayings of Nonprofit Leaders…And How to Avoid Them, Reid Zimmerman shows how to address each of the errant leadership practices and management tactics revealed by the utterance of the deadly saying. He expertly shows you how to prevent these oft-fatal mistakes and how to lessen the negative impact to your organization when they occur.

As part of CharityChannel’s popular In the Trenches series, this guide is written in a down-to-earth, fun, upbeat style. Readers will enjoy Zimmerman’s use of “Blue Ribbon” and “Gold Cup” best practices, including checklists and red, yellow, and green stoplight indicators.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Seven Sayings: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Chapter Two: The Basics of Accomplishment and Assessment
Chapter Three: Mission, Vision, and Values—Without Which There Are No Questions
Chapter Four: Deadly Saying One: “Who’s In Charge around Here Anyway?”
Chapter Five: Deadly Saying Two: “Somehow We’ll Get By . . . We Usually Do!”
Chapter Six: Deadly Saying Three: “We Know What’s Best for Our Clients”
Chapter Seven: Deadly Saying Four, “My Intuition Is Usually Right”
Chapter Eight: Deadly Saying Five: “Our Staff and Volunteers Are Simply the Best!”
Chapter Nine: Deadly Saying Six: “We’ve Never Done It That Way Before”
Chapter Ten: Deadly Saying Seven: “We’re Doing Pretty Well This Year”
Chapter Eleven: In the Beginning, or Once Upon a Time . . .
Chapter Twelve: Leading a Healthy Organization
Appendix A: Principles and Practices of Nonprofit Excellence
Appendix B: Samples of National and State Standards of Excellence
Appendix C: Template for Strategic and Operational Planning

 

Reid ZimmermanDr. Reid A. Zimmerman is an organizational development, fundraising, evaluation, and strategic planning teacher and consultant with more than thirty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. He is adjunct faculty at Hamline University, teaching in the areas of nonprofit and public administration, leadership, and management and has served as faculty, subject matter expert, and course developer at the University of St. Thomas, University of Wisconsin, and Capella University. Zimmerman has been credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2001.

Formerly the Vice President of Development with the Hazelden Foundation of Center City, MN, Reid was responsible for raising several millions of dollars of annual donations as well as the effectiveness, strategic, budgetary, and personnel issues of the division. He has also served as an Executive Director and Director of Development for several other organizations in Minnesota and on numerous boards of directors including the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Family Pathways.

Reid is the author of The Seven Deadly Sayings of Nonprofit Leaders…And How to Avoid Them (CharityChannel Press, 2014), and is a contributing author to You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the Charitychannel Professional Community (CharityChannel Press, 2011). Dr. Zimmerman has also as written numerous articles on nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and evaluation and served as a member of the editorial committee for Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s Principles and Practices of Nonprofit Excellence in 1994, 2005, and again in 2013.

Reid works and volunteers as a respected trainer, seminar leader, speaker, and facilitator. He is a member of the Board of Evaluators for the Performance Excellence Network and an Organizational Self-Assessment Facilitator with the Drucker Foundation.

Reid holds a PhD in Organizational Development, with an emphasis on Nonprofit Change and Effectiveness through The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His prior education includes undergraduate degrees in Sociology/Psychology (BA) and Secondary Education (BS), a Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) and additional graduate coursework in nonprofit administration and quality process improvement. He has provided services to families and his community as a foster parent, family mediator, guardian ad litem, and emergency medical technician. Reid and his wife, Dr. Laura Zimmerman, live near Pine City, MN with their three daughters.

About the In the Trenches Series

You’ll know an In the Trenches™ book not just by its cover, but by the author’s fun, upbeat writing style. But don’t be fooled by its down-to-earth approach and ample use of sidebars. In the Trenches books are authoritative and cover what a beginner should know to get started and progress rapidly, and what a more experienced nonprofit-sector practitioner needs to move forward in the subject.