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Let us administer and help you interpret results of the following self assessment instruments:

  • Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    • After fifty years of research and development, the current MBTI is the most widely used instrument for understanding normal personality differences. It identifies personality across four spectrums: Introverted-Extroverted, Intuitive-Sensing, Thinking-Feeling, and Judging-Perceiving.
  • Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360
    • Based on decades of research in emotional intelligence, ESCI model measures competency in four areas of ability: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management
  • Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)
    • 25 years of research and thousands of leaders later, the LPI looks at five dimensions of leadership: challenging the process, inspiring a shared vision, enabling others to act, modeling the way and encouraging the heart.
  • FIRO-B
    • Find out what you expressed and wanted needs are for inclusion, control and relatedness in groups.  A useful instrument for generating dialogue on team dynamics.  Connects to findings in brain science and can be supplemented with the SCARF self-assessment.

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Organization Development Masters programs: 

American University offers a masters of science in Organization Development and Change.  The Merrilee Milstein Scholarship is available for people who attend this program in order to work with unions.

Leadership Development opportunities:
The New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University ILR Union Leadership Institute offers an intensive one year executive development program for union leaders to better prepare themselves and their organizations for the challenges ahead.

Recommended Reading

Neuroleadership [Brain Science]:

Rock, David. articles  Managing with the Brain in Mind and Neuroscience of Leadership

Jacobs, Charles. Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest in Brain Science, 2009.

Pink, Daniel.  Selling is Human: the surprising truth about moving others. 2012.

Heath, Chip & Heath, Dan. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, 2010.

Goleman, Daniel, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insgihts  2011

Strategic Planning and Leading Change

Allison, Michael and Kaye, Jude.  Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: a practical guide. (2005) Wiley.

Anderson and Ackerman-Anderson, The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to navigate your organization’s transformation (2001) Jossey-Bass.

Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability

Bell, Jeanne et al. Non-profit Sustainability: making strategic decisions for financial viability (2010) Jossey Bass.

Anderson and Ackerman-Anderson, Beyond Change Management: Advanced strategies for today’s change leaders (2001) Jossey-Bass.

Galbraith, Jay R., Designing Organizations: An Executive briefing on strategy, structure and process. (1995) Jossey-Bass.

 Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice

social justice bookcoverAdams, M., Bell, L.A., & Griffin, P, Eds (2007).  Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2nd Edition).

Caver, K., Thomas, D.A., Ely, R.J., Hewlett, S.A., Buck Luce, C., West, C., Livers, A.B. (2009).  Required Reading for White Executives, 2nd Edition (Harvard Business Review Article Collection).  Harvard Business Review.

Cox, Jr., T., and R.L. Beale (1997).  Developing Competency to Manage Diversity: Readings, Cases, and Activities. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.: San Francisco.

DeRosa, Patti.  (2001).  “Social Change or Status Quo?  Approaches to Diversity Training.”   Dowloaded on August 7, 2011 from

Managing Conflict

Conflict 101: A Manager's Guide to Resolving Problems So Everyone Can Get Back to WorkShearouse, Susan. Conflict 101: A manager’s guide to resolving conflict so everyone can get back to work (2011).

Patterson, Kerry, Grenny, Joseph, et al. Crucial Confrontations: tools for resolving broken promises, violated expectations and bad behavior (2005) McGraw.

Cloke, Kenneth and Goldsmith, Joan. Resolving Conflicts at Work: Eight strategies for everyone on the job. (2005) Jossey Bass.


Justice, Tom and Jamieson, David, The Facilitator’s Fieldbook, 2nd Ed. (2006). HRD Press.

Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.  Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations (2007).

Schwarz, Roger, The Skilled Facilitator, New & Revised (2002), Jossey-Bass.

Burke, Bev, D’Arcy, Martin, et al, Educating for Changing Unions, (2002), BTL.

Leadership & Management

Watkins, Michael . The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders At All Levels (2003),  Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Bennis, Warren and Goldsmith, Joan. Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader, (2003) Basic Books.

Hauser, Jerry and Green, Alison. Managing to Change the World, (Revised Edition 2012) The Management Center.