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“Unlocking and encouraging excellence in others has been the most satisfying aspect of my career.”  Jim Morgan
Eight Practical Insights for Leaders

DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF TALENTED LEADERS AND MANAGERS

Talent matters. For any nonprofit to successfully deliver transformational results during this unprecedented time of change, its entire diverse workforce – paid and volunteer – must elevate their performance. Investing in an inclusive talent development program to optimize the full potential of all personnel and grow organizational capacity must be a strategic priority for nonprofits and donors alike.

In Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector (Second Edition) Jim Morgan, a revered Silicon Valley high-tech executive, philanthropic leader and co-founder of a nonprofit collaborative, shares his profound leadership insights and management principles proven to be effective in business, nonprofit and philanthropic contexts. Anyone can learn and practice them to be a better leader and manager regardless of their title, position, training or tenure.

The Applied Wisdom content on this website (also available in a concise booklet) offers you:

A visual framework focused around the three pillars of a successful organization:

  • Culture – how do your people act and interact
  • Planning – what strategy and resources will support your mission?
  • Implementation – what actions will ensure desired results?

Eight practical management insights and reflective conversation starters applicable to real-world situations for:

  • Nonprofit Chief Executives
  • Staff Team Members
  • Board Members
  • Individual Donors
  • Institutional Philanthropies

A collection of practical tools to help implement an Applied Wisdom learning program, empowering all levels of your diverse staff and board and instilling new behaviors and practices.

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Who will gain value from Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector?
DIRECT SERVICE NONPROFITS
  • Chief Executive
  • Staff Team Members
  • Board Members
  • Volunteers
SECTOR CAPACITY BUILDERS
  • Leadership Development programs (including service organizations)
  • Nonprofit Intermediaries (consultants, training firms, coaches, nonprofit membership associations, fiscal sponsors)
  • Philanthropy-Serving Organizations
    (regional grantmaking association, affinity group, etc.)
  • Academic institutions operating a nonprofit, philanthropy and/or social enterprise program
  • Executive Search firms
DONOR & ADVISORS
  • Individual Donors/Giving Circle Members
  • Institutional Philanthropies
    (any type of grantmaking entity)
  • Donor Advised Fund Sponsor Organizations (Community Foundation, Nonprofit or Commercial firm)
    Government Contractors/Funders
  • Wealth Advisors, Financial and Estate Planners

Testimonials

“This little booklet is EXCELLENT for the whole nonprofit sector. Well done... and it’s fun to read! Jim Morgan’s insights offer wisdom and ready-made learning to spur action and promote behavior change within ourselves and our organizations.”​
Tom Tierney​
Chairman and Co-Founder
Bridgespan
“Simple and effective advice for chief executives to use with their staff and board. It’s shaped the culture of our organization, catalyzed our strategic thinking and assisted us in implementing our strategic plan.”​
Lisa Andrew, Ed.D.
CEO
Silicon Valley Education Foundation
“A great resource for leaders of community foundations, private foundations, and nonprofit organizations alike. It’s succinct, practical and inspiring all at once. Among many valuable insights, I love Jim’s reminder to consistently ‘look up, look forward, and look around’.”​
Nicole Taylor
President and CEO
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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