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The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising
by Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker (MBA 1981) with Karl Weber
(Deepak Chopra Books)

The authors show how traditional, prescripted, money-centered, goal-oriented fundraising techniques lead to anxiety and failure, while open-spirited, curiosity-driven, person-to-person connections lead to discovery, growth, and often amazing results. Through personal stories, innovative suggestions, and inspiring examples, they show nonprofit leaders how to build a community of partners who share a common passion and are eager to provide the resources needed to change the world.

Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way
by Ram Charan (MBA 1965, DBA 1967), Dennis Carey, and Michael Useem
(Harvard Business Review Press)

The authors see an emerging trend toward increased board control and involvement and argue that its impact on business performance will be positive. They offer a road map to help CEOs and directors better balance board oversight with the firm's daily operations and to give directors a better understanding of when to lead, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way.

What It Takes: Seven Secrets of Success from the World's Greatest Professional Firms
by Charles D. Ellis (MBA 1963)
(Wiley)

Having devoted a 50-year career to consulting with and studying professional firms around the globe, Ellis learned firsthand how difficult it is for an organization to go beyond "very good" and attain and sustain excellence. In his latest book, he shares his hard-won insights and reveals what it takes to be best in class in any industry.

Tech and the City: The Making of New York's Startup Community
by Maria Teresa Cometto and Alessandro Piol (MBA 1985)
(Mirandola Press)

This book offers a historical and geographical tour of New York's start-up tech community while addressing the hot themes for entrepreneurs and investors. It is also a guide to help navigate the NYC community: how to network and become part of the community; what to read to understand and keep informed; where to raise capital; and what help is available for any professional, entrepreneur, student, or researcher seeking to settle in the city.

The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think
by Michael E. Raynor (DBA 2000) and Mumtaz Ahmed
(Portfolio)

The authors looked at more than 25,000 companies over a period of 40-plus years to identify the core rules for sustained superior performance. They found three: better before cheaper (companies sustaining their performance do so by non-price benefits such as a great brand, style, functionality, or experience); revenue before cost (sustaining performance involves capturing value in the form of profits); and finally, there are no other rules.

Ride the Wave: How 12 Technologies Will Change the World and Make You Rich
by Fred Rogers (MBA 1983) and Richard Lalich
(Crucial Trends Press)

Drawing on over three decades of research and consulting for thousands of the world's top executives, investors, and venture capitalists, the authors explain the next phase of the Digital Revolution to a wider audience: how to position firms to profit in this new era of prosperity, what types of businesses to start, and where to invest for tomorrow's big profits.

Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge
by Becky Blalock (PMD 68, 1994)
(Jossey-Bass)

Although women hold most of the managerial and professional jobs in the workforce, they occupy only 14 percent of C-suite positions at Fortune 500 firms. To break through this glass ceiling, women must learn to take bold steps when opportunities arise. Blalock, who rose to become CIO in the traditionally male utility industry, offers her advice and that of 28 top female executives to show aspiring women how to reach the highest tiers of leadership.

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