May Reading

May 2001
The Big Red Fez: How to Make Any Web Site Better by Seth Godin
I paid for this book even though I read Godin’s Ideavirus for free and it’s in a format I’ve never used before. It’s definitely worth the nominal charge. The ebook format allows Godin to offer his web design advice with hot links augmenting his ideas. I think every school should have to read this book!

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
Picked this up at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in mid-May. I love reading primary source material. This is supposed to be relatively understandable!

Leading Change by John P. Kotter
Another text for my summer MA course. Read it twice this month. Kotter’s a prof at the Harvard Business School. Similar to the Leading Change book below. I like that Kotter offers a linear pattern even though he knows change is non-linear.

Introduction to Rabbinic Literature by Jacob Neusner
For years I’ve said I wanted to study rabbinics. I finally decided to do something about it! This isn’t the easiest reading but it’s VERY thorough and informative. It’ll take me a while to work through this one!

Finding Faith by Brian McLaren
Todd Hunter recommended this book as one I’d be able to give a non-Christian without feeling like I had to apologize for part of it. McLaren’s tone is wonderfully conversational and non-confrontational. A great book for any seeker of truth–whether they believe in Jesus or not.

Leading Change: The Argument for Values-Based Leadership
by James O’Toole

This is required reading for my next MA course. O’Toole takes a lot of time to make his point. His basic thesis is that leaders need to frame change in the context of the organizations already agreed upon values. I find his critique on Jack Welch particularly interesting.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
This is one of the best books on parenting I’ve ever read. It goes beyond simply pop-pyschology and behavior modification to deal with character–both the child’s and the parents!

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Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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