In today’s edition of #NPCOMMLIFE, we suggest a few books you should read to ensure you are setting boundaries, overcoming fear, and preventing burnout.

Transform Your Boundaries by Sarri Gilman

From the Amazon synopsis: Your boundaries are doing only one thing – trying to take care of you. This book provides easy to follow examples and a step by step process to let your boundaries do their job. It is based on tried and true methods developed to help people working on boundary issues. The book provides a way to apply the information to your own life to deal with the emotions, stress, extreme challenges to your boundaries, and how to really do self-care.

The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman

From the Amazon synopsis: Steer your organization away from burnout while boosting all-around performance. With a uniquely holistic approach to nonprofit leadership strategy, this book functions as a handbook to help leaders examine their existing organization, identify trouble spots, and resolve issues with attention to all aspects of operations and culture. 

The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt by Russ Harris

From the Amazon synopsis: Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to “get over” our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it’s only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it. 

CALM not BUSY: How to Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications for Great Results by Kivi Leroux Miller

From the Amazon synopsis: Are you searching for the secrets to being strategic, effective, and happy in your nonprofit communications work? Look no further. You’ll find the answers inside. Effective nonprofit communication is about much more than list targeting, relevant messaging, email open rates, and social media scheduling. The most successful communications directors and teams are those who are Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical. They are CALM.

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll (recommended by Beth Kanter)

From the Amazon synopsis: The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It’s about what Carroll calls “intentional living”: weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It’s about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (recommended by Classy)

From the Amazon synopsis: Throughout this fable, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams –  even the best ones – often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. 

Share your recommendations!

The #NPCOMMLIFE series is all about helping each other navigate this industry. Let us know what books you’ve read that have helped you stay focused or less stressed out.


Published On: January 14, 2019|Categories: Workflows, Processes, and Productivity|