Books and Book Reviews on Leadership and Organization


Book Review: Goal Analysis: How to Clarify Your Goals So You Can Actually Achieve Them by Robert F. Mager, 3 Stars

Goal Analysis is designed to take the “fuzzies” out of goal setting so that it is clear to everyone whether a goal is completed or not. Goal Analysis is a work book that provides step-by-step instruction to go from a vague idea of what needs to be done to defining the precise language of acceptable performance.

Book Review: A Failure of Nerve by Edwin H. Friedman, 5 Stars

Change your perception of what makes a good leader. Failure of Nerve is one of the best books that I’ve read on leadership in a long time. Friedman’s thesis is that many approaches to leadership end in failure because they fail to recognize that leadership is more about a leader’s own emotional processes than techniques to motivate others. In other words, effective leaders are people who are able to avoid being driven by the clamor that comes from the problems or people of the day and instead remain fixed on the management of carefully crafted principles and goals. This book is worth reading; you will be drawn to come back to it again and again.

 Book Review: Protégé: Developing Your Next Generation of Church Leaders by Steve Saccone, 5 stars

Steve Saccone’s Protegé explores a leader’s character, relationships, communication, mission and entrepreneurial leadership. In the book, each of these are defined, illustrated, and made practical through concrete action steps for mentors. Protegé is a book that goes beyond the basics in mentoring new leaders. The book breaks down the task into understandable components of leadership and gives practical objectives and suggestions to help mentors develop believers into effective leaders. I recommend this book.

Book Review: Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation Through Life-on-life Mentoring by Jeff Myers, 5 Stars

If you are looking for a book that gives practical advice on mentoring, you’ve found it with Cultivate.  Jeff Myers begins with the motivation, value, and lasting impact of mentoring and then gives chapters filled with practical advice benefiting both novice and experienced mentors.

Though the techniques of mentoring are timeless, Myers adapts his material and techniques to the distinctives of today’s young people. The audience for the book is educators and others who work with youth, but anyone who wants to have lasting impact through a mentoring relationship will benefit from the book.

Book Review: Race for Relevance by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, 5 Stars

For anyone who’s part of a governing board for an organization started a generation or more ago, this is the book for you. The authors give expression to the obvious: organizations which have huge representative boards to please a broad client base with an untenable menu of services, will be passed up by nimble, focused organizations giving high-quality services to a specific membership profile.