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Making critical decisions : a practical guide for nonprofit organizations

Author: Roberta Snow; Paul H Phillips
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book provides nonprofit leaders with methods for smart, accountable, ground-level decision-making in their organizations. The authors present a structured way to manage the challenges of limited resources, competing demands, and the need for accountability while remaining true to the organization's mission. The book provides both an overall model for making hard choices that minimizes risks while maintaining  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roberta Snow; Paul H Phillips
ISBN: 9780787976361 0787976369
OCLC Number: 156784979
Notes: "Features an easy-to-use matrix for effective decision making."
Description: xvi, 237 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The art and science of decision making: putting theory into practice --
What works --
What doesn't work --
Reacting versus responding --
Responding versus reacting --
Borrowing from business: due diligence in decision making --
What investors do --
Defining due diligence --
Staging implementation to reduce risk --
A consistent approach to critical decisions --
Managing critical decisions: the who, what, and how --
Who decides? --
What choices? --
How do you put it all together --
Enter the matrix: introducing an effective tool --
The matrix: framing the decision --
The rows: weighting the due diligence criteria --
The columns: scoring the due diligence criteria --
Using the matrix for binary decisions --
Using the matrix for choices among similar options --
Using the matrix for choices among dissimilar options --
Making critical decisions --
Stage one: feasibility --
The seductive nature of new ideas --
Common feasibility decisions --
The feasibility matrix --
Stage two: pilot --
Piloting the feasible decision --
Designing the pilot project --
The pilot matrix --
Stage three: implementation --
From pilot to implementation --
A good implementation plan --
The implementation matrix --
Stage four: cutback --
Dimensions of cutting back --
The cutback matrix --
Putting the matrix to work --
Boards of directors --
Executive directors --
Managers --
Funders --
Consultants --
The decision-making guide --
Assessing the decision --
Working through the matrix --
Appendix: staff renewal decisions --
Notes --
Further reading --
Index.
Responsibility: Roberta M. Snow and Paul H. Phillips.
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