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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs in health care settings.

~October 2010~

Read Any Good Books Lately?


In our quest to be current thinkers and proactive leaders, life-long learning is the key.  Whether that is through attendance at workshops and seminars, online webinars or just plain reading, anyone in a position of leadership needs to be informed and up-to-date on business and management issues. 

Now before you say you do not have time for reading, consider that all these books listed are generally very quick reads.  As the seasons change and cold weather approaches, consider reading just one a month as you curl up on the couch to keep warm this winter.

These are some of my favorites, touching on some of the most important aspects of management.  I often re-read them to time to solidify the wealth of knowledge they present.  Enjoy your reading!

QBQ by John G. Miller -- True leadership is about not falling prey to the blame game.  This quick read provides the reader with an alternate way to approach problems/issues.

Monday Morning Leadership, by David Cottrell -- A sensible approach to basic tenets of quality leadership by a mentor and his student.

How Full Is Your Bucket, by Tom Rath & Donald Clifton -- While the simplest interactions affect relationships, productivity, health and longevity either positively or negatively, this guides the reader towards positive strategies for work and life.

Breakthrough, by Dr Paul Homoly -- Leading is all about getting people to follow whether through words or by actions and deeds.  This reference walks you through the process of being heard.

Our Iceberg Is Melting, by John Kotter -- A short fable about change and succeeding under any circumstance or condition.  Based on Kotter's work on the Eight Step Process for Leading Change.

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell -- Did you ever just know something for certain but didn't know how (or why) you knew it?  Gladwell explains this phenomenon with a child like appeal.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch -- How many of us know how long we have on this earth?  Randy Pausch reflects on life and shares his understanding of the truly important things:  simple things that apply to everyone.

Find these books online at Amazon

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The author of the Heath Care Volunteer Programs column is Mary Kay Hood MS, Hendricks Regional Health, Danville, IN (317) 745-3556. With a BS degree in biology from Marian College and a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Mary Kay has been involved in volunteer management over twenty years with a zoo and in the health care field. During that time, she completed the Management of Volunteer Programs course offered at University of Indianapolis, several supervisory training programs as well as the Indiana Hospital and Health Association’s Management Institute offered by the Executive Education Program, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Mary Kay served on the Nonprofit Training Center of United Way from 1993 to 2006. During that time, she taught many workshops also facilitating speaker arrangements for the Basic Volunteer Management series. Additionally, she has presented at various national and international conferences. Mary Kay served as president of the Central Indiana Association for Volunteer Administration (CIAVA) from 1993-1997 and the Indiana Society of Directors of Volunteer Services (ISDVS) from 2006-2008. She was also the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Director of Volunteer Services Award and the 2002 United Way of Central Indiana Volunteer of the Year Award. Most recently she served on the Steering Committee for COVAA resulting in the formation of a new national membership organization for those in volunteer management, the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). With several published articles, she is also author to two books: The One Minute Answer to Volunteer Management Questions and The Volunteer Leader as Change Agent.

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