What People are Saying About The Charismatic Organization:
"Finally, a book that avoids the usual clichés about creating social change and instead breaks new ground by defining the powerful role of social capital in achieving organizational growth. If there is value in original thinking, Sagawa and Jospin have offered up a gold mine of ideas that can be put to practical application by the most traditional leaders and the newest social entrepreneurs alike. Drawing on a diverse set of current examples in education, youth service and innovate philanthropy among other fields, The Charismatic Organization does not feel like a “how-to” book but a “how come no one has told us this before” book. If you are trying to keep up with the breakneck pace of relentless change in the nonprofit sector, and the lessons to be learned, there is no book more instructive, clear or compelling than The Charismatic Organization."
– Bill Shore, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Share Our Strength
"The Charismatic Organization is an essential guide for people who are trying to create change in the world. Sagawa and Jospin give us a compelling framework, illustrated with wonderful stories, for how leaders and change agents can build powerful and magnetic organizations and communities."
– Michelle Nunn, CEO, Points of Light Institute
"Sagawa and Jospin do not suggest that nonprofits operate more like businesses; nor do they create false trade-offs--like the need to be mission-driven or data-driven. Instead, they chart a new path, by identifying the ideas and practices that high-impact organizations are using to change the world. Leaders will find much of value in this book."
– Jeffrey L. Bradach, Managing Partner and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group
"This book has zing. In The Charismatic Organization, Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin bring to life the technical terms of nonprofit management: mission, organizational culture, human resources, communications, outreach, evaluation, and others. This new volume will be an engaging and useful read for nonprofit managers and board members as well as students in nonprofit management programs."
– Alan Abramson, George Mason University and the Aspen Institute
"Between them, Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin have had an indelible impact on the nonprofit sector; what a pleasure to find their best strategies and stories neatly packaged in The Charismatic Organization for business leaders in all walks of life to learn from and enjoy."
– Jeff Swartz, President and CEO, The Timberland Company
"For every organization aspiring to greatness, here is the very best “how-to” book from the most effective “can-do” consulting team I know."
– Marguerite W. Kondracke, President and CEO, America's Promise Alliance
"Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin bring the building of a successful nonprofit into modern times. Today's nonprofits face unprecedented challenges and require new concepts, such as utilizing 'social capital,' to replace old paradigms in order to survive and thrive. Shedding light on how organizations can merge the latest communications tools with time-proven techniques, The Charismatic Organization is a thought-provoking, informative read for anyone in the nonprofit sector."
– Roxanne Spillett, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
"Clear, informative, and richly imbued with inspiring examples, this is the essential textbook for anyone starting or running an organization with a cause."
– Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
"The Charismatic Organization channels that rare combination of knowledge, judgment and common sense that is the hallmark of its authors--Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin. This is an important and insightful book that is a must-read for those of us committed to a robust social sector."
– Ralph Smith, Executive Vice President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
"The beauty of this book lies in a simple, yet counterintuitive, idea: Nonprofit groups can – and must! – be charismatic if they are to achieve greater social change in the world. The co-authors pick up where Bowling Alone author Robert Putnam leaves off, showing us that successful groups win big by investing heavily in engaging supporters and building vast social networks. They find ways to turn “outsiders” into “insiders,” inspiring them to become evangelists for their cause. This may sound easy but it’s not. It requires systematic attention and a relentless, outward-looking focus– traits that, fortunately, are learnable. Sagawa and Jospin show us the way in this fascinating and extremely pragmatic guide."
– Leslie R. Crutchfield, co-author, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
"In today’s interdependent world, nonprofit organizations have more opportunity than ever before to make a difference in people’s lives. Drawing upon their extensive experience in public service, Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin identify the traits that give successful nonprofits the competitive edge they need to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability. The Charismatic Organization draws an authoritative blueprint for using social capital to transform good intentions into concrete results."
– President Bill Clinton