Call for Posts – What Book Changed Your (Professional) Life?

I’m hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival this month, and would like to invite all bloggers to share your “one book” recommendation.

Please blog on:
What single book (not blog, not conversation, not Facebook page) has changed your life as a nonprofit staffer, consultant or vendor? Plus the why and how. Write and submit your “one book” post today, while it’s on your mind. Deadline is May 27.

On May 31, my blog post will feature summaries and links to posts on these “one books,” and a few of the dozens of responses from other nonprofit professionals.

Your “one book” can be focused on a topic far outside nonprofit topics, if it’s moved you forward in your nonprofit work. For an example of a fantastic post on this theme, take a look at this post by Pamela Grow.

A few weeks ago, long-time colleague Steve Damiano, Director of Professional Development at New York City’s Support Center for Nonprofit Management, asked me to recommend a few marketing books for his nephew, soon to graduate with a marketing degree. Four titles quickly came to mind, a flow that made me realize that this is an ideal topic for the Nonprofit Blog Carnival.

And I’ll publish the compilation as a reading list for our community, based on your posts.

The deadline is May 27.

You can enter your submission in one of two ways:

1. You can fill out the carnival form here
2. You can email a link to the post to nonprofitcarnival (at)

P.S. Here’s my “one book” — looks dry as dust but…

Nancy Schwartz on May 17, 2011 in Professional Development | 4 comments
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  • The book that greatly influenced my life professionally is The Customer Comes Second by Hal Rosenbluth and Diane McFerrin Peters. I modeled my agency after its practices and have continued to follow the advice from this book over the years. The concept is simple, but how Rosenbluth Travel delivered on this notion of employees first is true genius!

  • Nancy Schwartz

    Thanks for the recommendation, Leo. As a Philadelphian, I remember my parents using Rosenbluth way back when!

  • Flawless Consulting, by Peter Block.
    In the Absence of the Sacred, by Jerry Mander

  • Nancy Schwartz

    John, what about your two books has made such a difference for you?

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