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Contents

Successful Community Leadership and Organization

A Skills Guide for Volunteers and Professionals, 2nd Edition

Preface

Part One | Essential Elements of Community Organization

Chapter 1: Understanding Community Matrix and Community Stages

Community Pluralisms

Community Matrix

Community Conflict

Stages of Community Growth

Conclusion

Chapter 2: Community Problems, Organization, and Leadership

Archetypical Community Problems

Three Approaches to Organizing and Leading Community Change

Problems Exist Together and Overlap

Conclusion

Chapter 3: Phases, Competencies, and Goals in Community Organization and Leadership

Phases of Helping

Competencies in Community Change

Task and Process Goals

Conclusion

Part Two | Taking Leadership in Community Groups

Chapter 4: Obstacles to and Guidelines for Working Together in Community Development

Problems of Procedure

Problems of Process

Problems of People

Elements of Good Community Process

Ground Rules for Effective Decision Making

Conclusion

Chapter 5: Responsibilities of Community Committees

Member Selection

Diversity Benefits and Problems

Building Empathy and Trust

Conclusion

Chapter 6: The Group Chairperson

Executive Responsibilities

Leadership Responsibilities

Conclusion

Chapter 7: The Community Group Member

Member Responsibilities

Conclusion

Chapter 8: The Community Leader or Organizer

Coordinator-Manager

Aide to Chairperson

Researcher and Knowledge Synthesizer

Writer-Documenter

Aide to Consultants

Consultant and Professional Expert

Working the Meeting

Working behind the Scenes

Conclusion

Part Three | Conducting Effective Community Group Meetings

Chapter 9: The Effective Meeting: Managing Perspectives

Principles of Meeting Masters

Conclusion

Chapter 10: The Effective Meeting: Managing Process

Managing Planning

Managing Preparation

Managing Paper

Managing Integrity

Conclusion

Chapter 11: The Effective Meeting: Managing Discussion

Avoiding Communication Barriers

A Useful Template for Discussion

Techniques for Discussion

Techniques for Discussing the Report of a Subgroup

Conclusion

Chapter 12: The Effective Meeting: Managing Decisions

Closure

Decision Rules

Decision Crystallization

Decision Sculpting

Conclusion

Chapter 13: Managing Assessments

Assessment Rather Than Evaluation

Purposes of Assessment

Types of Assessment: Overview

Types of Assessment: Meetings, Decisions, and Implementation

Conclusion

Part Four | Rewards of Community Leadership

Chapter 14: Being a Successful Community Leader and Organizer

The 7C Taxonomy

The Longer View: Structures and Patterns

Conclusion

Chapter 15: Growing Your Leadership

Constant Learning

The Skill Staircase: From Novice to Maestro

Conclusion

Chapter 16: Developing Fresh Community Leadership

Servant Leadership

Training and Education

Leaders Are Everywhere

Legacy

Conclusion

Appendix A: Sample Agenda

Appendix B: Sample Options Memo

Appendix C: Sample Minutes

Appendix D: Resources for Research

Additional Resources

References

Index

About the Author

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