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In Called to Serve internationally respected CEO Max De Pree offers experienced advice on how to create a successful nonprofit board. Now retired as chairman of the board of Herman Miller Inc., Max De Pree has been lauded by Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal as one of the most sensitive and successful leaders in the business world. This experience comes through clearly as De Pree lays out the nuts and bolts of nonprofit organization and provides the direction necessary to establish and nurture a volunteer board. Based on De Pree's many years of service on nonprofit boards, his work as a consultant in the field, and his work as a teaher who has already used this material successfully in numerous seminar settings, Called to Serve will benefit readers involved with any of the wide range of volunteer-based organizations, from boards of churches, hospitals, and libraries to boards of public works, foundations, and schools.
Called to Serve is for people with questions about creating and maintaining a successful nonprofit board. How can the board of a nonprofit organization work best? Now that I'm on such a board, what should I do? How can we find the best trustees? How should I think about my work for nonprofits? What kind of relationship between a board and the staff will work best? How can we organize and develop the service of busy, committed people?
Internationally renowned CEO and best-selling author Max De Pree packs his many years of experience on nonprofit boards into these short letters directed to busy folks active in nonprofit life. Brief, clear, and -- above all -- useful, Called to Serve notes the marks of an effective board, lays out the proper work of boards, gives choices for structuring a nonprofit board, and covers the roles and relationships of board chairpersons, trustees, and presidents.
Today there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in America, with 109 million people working in this important sector of society. In spite of this surprising fact, very little training exists for this kind of service. Called to Serve is valuable not only because it fills this need but also because it comes from the pen of one of America's most experienced and respected business leaders.
Lauded by Forbes, Fortune, and The WallStreet Journal as one of the most sensitive andsuccessful leaders in the business world. Retired aschairman of Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 companybased in Zeeland, Michigan, De Pree now serves as aconsultant. He is the author of several best-selling books,including Leadership Is an Art, LeadershipJazz, and Leading without Power.
"Brief and to-the-point. . . Called to Serve is a book that will benefit readers involved with volunteer-based organizations, from boards of churches, hospitals and libraries to boards of public works, foundations and schools."