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Book Excerpts


Excerpts from books on social innovation


Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact

Through stories, tools, and exercises, Centered Leadership outlines an approach for becoming an effective leader, an approach developed and utilized at McKinsey.


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Rejecting the instinct to do everything, Essentialism investigates the idea of doing "less, but better."


The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

The Purpose Economy describes how a new type of economy is taking shape, one that will emphasize serving the people.


The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work

The Color Bind explores how color blindness and "color cognizance" can influence professional interactions.


The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator

The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator describes the journeys of ten innovators who discovered problems that they couldn't ignore.

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Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less

Scaling Up Excellence uses stories of struggle and success from various organizations to explore the idea of scaling.


Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change

Moments of Impact outlines a process for structuring strategic, collaborative conversations about approaching difficult issues.


The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise

The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook offers "tough-love" guidance for budding social entrepreneurs.


The Brand IDEA

The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity offers a framework for nonprofits looking to more effectively mange their brands to further their missions.


The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools

The Public School Advantage draws on empirical data to argue against the popular perception that public schools are inferior to private schools.