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Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit [Hardcover]

By John Pearson (Author)
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Pearson pens a practical, humorous how-to overview of 20 critical competencies for leading and managing a business or nonprofit. He also discusses the factors that can make or break an organization.

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In the most practical, humorous and fast-moving chapters you've ever read on business and non-profit leadership and management, this in-the-trenches management expert presents his 20 Management Buckets System for understanding and organizing your important mission. "When you don't know what you don't know," says John Pearson (with 30 years of CEO experience), "the Law of Unintended Consequences will derail you every time." Based on Pearson's 48-hour Management Buckets Workshop Experience, Mastering the Management Buckets offers detailed implementation tools, including 99 practical takeaways that a leader could implement immediately, plus nine management breakthrough strategies. Learn how The People Bucket, The Donor Bucket, The Hoopla Bucket, The Customer Bucket and others can make or break your organization. For managers and leaders to use on their own, in weekly staff meetings, mentoring young leaders and managers and a host of other ways.

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Studio: Regal
Pages   284
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 6.52" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
ISBN  0830745947  
ISBN13  9780830745944  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOHN PEARSON is president of the management consulting company, John Pearson Associates, Inc. With 30 years of CEO experience, he served 25 years leading three associations, including the Christian Management Association, Willow Creek Association and Christian Camp and Conference Association. In addition to consulting with both nonprofit and for-profit clients, he conducts frequent training workshops on his Management Buckets program and on nonprofit board governance. He is the coauthor of Marketing Your Ministry: 10 Critical Principles and publishes a weekly eNewsletter, Your Weekly Staff Meeting.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit?

Disorganized, random happy ideas, not a serious management book  Jan 3, 2010
OK, I'm not Christian. But I bought this book as a leader of a religious non-profit, figuring that I could translate whatever Christian ideas expressed in it into my own faith's terms, and that the management ideas would shine through.

Regrettably, I found this to be an almost random collection of happy irrelevant ideas, full of references to go buy other people's books if you really want to learn anything. I should have known from the title and the structure of this book: a bucket is a catch-all for whatever falls into it. This book comes up with 20 of them, with a few random ideas in each.

I can't deny how ecstatic the other reviewers have been, and I'm glad the book worked for them. But there really isn't very much content in this book to guide either a new or experienced leader of a religious non-profit, and even less a business.

One example: "Every minute the meeting facilitator invests in preparation ... reduces, on average, the actual meeting time by 25 percent" (p. 266). Swell; invest 4 minutes in preparing, and you can cancel the meeting altogether. Somehow, that doesn't cut it as serious management advice.

I'll save your reading time: don't bother with this book.
Management Buckets  Sep 13, 2009
Excellent book! It opens the door to more research material and reading opportunities. Love it!
A crash course in leadership skills  Aug 11, 2008
Leaders have to be competent, or the whole thing won't work. "Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business Or Nonprofit" is a crash course in leadership skills for those who want to learn everything they need to know about company management. With nearly one hundred pieces of invaluable advice, as well as an index and bibliography, "Mastering the Management Buckets" is an excellent choice for prospective leaders and for community library business collections.
I didn't think you could cover it all in one book - until now!  Jul 8, 2008
I'm often daunted by how much there is to master in running a nonprofit organisation. What should I be an expert in? What niche publications should I be reading? What training do I need?

The thing I love about John's book is that if I didn't read anything else, but just mastered each of the 20 buckets he talks about, then I'd be in the top few percentile of my game. I can't think of anything of substance that is missing from the book, it covers such a wide range of practical topics. But it somehow covers them in enough depth to be really helpful.

I wish I had come across this earlier - but since I'm still relatively young, there's hope for me yet that I'll have time to integrate the good common sense that John outlines! The book is easy to read in its style, bite-sized and practical in its format, and one of the very best books I've come across for nonprofit leaders.
Comprehensive set of best ideas and practices  Jul 4, 2008
After starting to read this book my reaction was WOW! I've never seen so many practical ideas for leaders in one book. John Pearson draws on a vast array of sources that he came across over his long career including time he spent with Peter Drucker. The book describes 20 critical competencies are broad and include topics you don't usually find in books on leadership such as systems, board, budget, operations and crisis.

The competencies are what Pearson calls "management buckets." Some people will like this description, others may be tempted to dismiss the bucket metaphor as lite. That would be a mistake. The book is jam-packed with substantive ideas and insights. I was glad to see that Pearson covers the "hard" issues such as being results oriented to the "soft" issues such as caring for employees. I'm recommending this book to leaders as one to take their leadership team through. It will surely stimulate a list of actions that will benefit their team and organization.

The book does have a lot of references to Christianity because John is a Christian and he has primarily worked for and with Christian organizations. If you work for a Christian organization, this is a must read. If not, or if you are not a Christian, you will still benefit from the ideas and practices described in the book. Because social sector organizations rely so much on volunteers they have learned much about motivating them and for-profit organizations can learn a lot from effective social sector leaders such as Pearson.

I also want to point out that the book is well-organized into short sections so it's ideal for most leaders who prefer bite-sized readings. Too many books these days fail to include end notes and I was glad to see that Pearson provided extensive endnotes that will allow readers to dig even deeper into the many sources he drew upon to write the book.

Bottom line: I highly recommend this book!

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