The Foot-Long Bookshelf

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Brown's design template of DESIRABILITY/VIABILITY/FEASIBILITY is so helpful, I can't imagine doing strategic planning without it.
The Human Side of School Change: Reform, Resistance, and the Real-Life Problems of Innovation
So helpful in understanding that people don't resist change because they are stubborn or contrary or stupid. They resist change because they are human.
The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive
Fullan is the master on systems change. His prescription of "purposeful peer interaction and learning in relation to results" goes hand in glove with formative assessment.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
When I led a seminar of social profit leaders through a dozen readings, this was their favorite. Its three-part strategy -- direct the rider, motivate the elephant, and shape the path -- is applicable in some way to every organizational...
Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making
I've never seen a more thorough approach to group functioning. The concept of "The Groan Zone" alone is worth the price of admission.
Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity
This was the "Bible" for our grantees at the Dodge foundation. Once you understand life cycles, you stop worrying about the inevitable problems and challenges social profit organizations face and become a diagnostician and problem solver.
Leadership and the New Science
You will never again think you can control outcomes after you read this book. You will think, "how do I get good information and have good relationships?" And the system will find an order.