Lead your organisation more effectively, govern it with greater energy and manage it with enhanced efficiency with this fully revised guide for civil society organisations by your side.
The quintessential and trusted compendium with wise counsel on every page, it covers issues you’re likely to face as you drive your organisation forward.
Who should buy this book?
With over 23,000 other civil society leaders across the world owning a copy, can you afford not to have one?
This book has been described by sector leaders as ‘First port of call for help with governance and management issues if we are stuck stuck or need more information.’ It was voted Number 2 on the Guardian list of ‘Five must-reads for charity workers’.
All chief executives, chairs, trustees and senior managers will benefit from this book. Middle and junior managers with aspirations to develop and widen their roles will also want to read it too.
What does it cover?
This guide offers a practical overview of how to lead, govern and manage a civil society organisation, with comprehensive information and easy-to-apply case studies to back up what you learn.
- How chairs and chief executives should work together to provide strong leadership
- How to focus the organisation on delivering impact
- How leadership teams work most effectively
- How to ensure boards and committees deliver maximum value
- How to create high performing teams
- How to get the greatest benefits from strategic partnerships
What’s new in this edition?
The new edition has been completely updated, with new chapters on leadership and governance. It puts leadership at the heart of good governance and effective management and focusses on the key roles of the chair and chief executive in delivering strong leadership.
There are also new sections on:
- Managing risk
- Developing leadership teams
- Choosing board members and selecting chairs and other officers
- The book includes 17 new case studies.
What people said about the book
‘Whether you’re new to the not-for-profit world or an old hand, if you care about the effectiveness of charities and want to build trust in the sector, read this. Then follow its practical and insightful lessons.’ Lynne Berry, OBE, Chair, Breast Cancer Now
‘Thorough, pragmatic and approachable – this authoritative how-to guide is ideal for civil society organisations of all stripes and at every stage of their development, whether newly incorporated organisations laying down their foundations or long-established charities striving for modern best practice.’ Saleh Saeed, OBE, Chief Executive, Disasters Emergency Committee
‘This book is so useful that it should be compulsory reading for every trustee, chief executive and senior manager. If everyone involved in management and governance read this book we’d have a more effective charity sector with far fewer problems.’ Amanda Witherall, Chief Executive, Association of NHS Charities
‘Mike Hudson has the insight required to transform charities from well-meaning groups to high-impact organisations better able to achieve their mission. As CEO of an international charity I know that whether it’s structuring staff teams, strengthening boards or working in strategic alliances, this book is an invaluable volume that I keep coming back to.’ Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming
‘This book has always been required reading for those involved in management in the voluntary sector and this new and updated version with its focus on leadership and governance will be even more valuable. I warmly recommend it.’ Baroness Pitkeathley, House of Lords
‘If you want clear, practical advice on how to lead or manage a non-profit organisation, this is the book. It’s been completely updated for these challenging and turbulent times. Mike Hudson knows more than is decent about good governance. But there’s nothing preachy or ideological here: instead you get helpful nuggets of wisdom and spot-on case studies, all in a highly readable style.’ Martin Dinham, CBE, Chair of Sightsavers and Chair of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance
‘Managing Without Profit contains much wise counsel, born of extensive experience with civil society organisations and acute insight into how managers manage and leaders lead.’ Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund
‘Mike Hudson stands out from the crowd: he understands not only the frameworks of governance and management in the not-for-profit sector but also the nuances and implications of behaviours within those frameworks. His book is a masterly combination of both elements. I refer to his work regularly and will continue to do so with this latest book.’ David Gregson, Chair, Lawn Tennis Association
‘As the CEO of a major charity, this is one of my bibles! It is really clear, I can dip in and out to refresh or renew my thinking, and see what others are doing. It’s a great balance of the practical and the theoretical.’ Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive, Royal Mencap Society
Have a look inside ‘Managing Without Profit’.
About the author
Mike Hudson is Director of Compass Partnership and has been working with Chairs, Chief Executives and leadership teams of civil society organisations and their funders for over 30 years. He has also worked for many government departments, helping to shape policy and funding programmes for the voluntary sector.
Mike has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Cass Business School at City University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Governance magazine.
His book Managing Without Profit (Third Edition) has sold well over 23,000 copies, been translated into three languages and published in an Australian edition. His other titles include: Managing at the Leading Edge, Delivering Effective Governance, Building Outstanding Leadership Teams and One Minute Governance Tips from his Checklist column of Third Sector Magazine.
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