SJG’s Summer 2011 Reading List

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Wild, unpredictable weather seems to be a theme for the summer so our book choices this year reflect a theme of leadership in a time of change across a wide range of topics!

The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Authors: John Zenger, Joseph Folkman, and Scott Edinger
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2009

Performance thought leaders John Zenger and Joseph Folkman reveal the 16 key competencies that separate the top ten percent of leaders from the rest.

Positioning Student Affairs for Sustainable Change: Achieving Organization Effectiveness Through Multiple Perspectives
Authors: Linda Kuk, James H. Banning, and Marilyn J. Amey
Publisher: Stylus Publishing (Virginia), 2010

This book presents ideas and concepts from organizational behavior and change theories, and demonstrates how they can be useful in, and applied to, student affairs practice.

Contemporary Issues in Institutional Ethics: New Directions for Community Colleges
Editors: Clifford P. Harbour, Patricia L. Farrell
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2010

Examining the ethical dimensions of various institutional issues, policies, and practices at the community college, this is an essential guide for presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today’s open-door institutions, providing expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.

KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play
Author: Darell Hammond, foreword by Stuart L. Brown, MD
Publisher: Rodale, 2011

KaBOOM! is the powerfully uplifting journey of a man who grew up in a group home with his seven brothers and sisters and went on to build a world-class non-profit that harnesses the power of community to improve the lives of children.

We hope you enjoy these selections – they are available online and through your local independent bookseller or public library.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.