Looking for more information? Peer recommended books and articles provide an in-depth look at some of the competencies in partnership and community collaboration.





Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Ronald A. Heifetz and Martin Linsky. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

21 Partnership Success Factors by Brian O'Neill, NPS

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges. Philadelphia PA: Da Capo Press, 2009.

Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector by Stephen Goldsmith and William D. Eggers. Washington, D.C. Brookings Institution Press, 2004.

The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors by Russ Alan Prince and Karen Maru File, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc. Publishers 1994.

The Trusted Advisor, by Charles Green and Robert Galford, Simon and Schuster, 2001.

The Speed of Trust, by Franklin Covey. New York, Simon and Schuster, 2006.

Understanding Adultism: A Major Obstacle to Developing Positive Youth-Adult Relationships, by John Bell, 1995.


Team Building

Team Building: Issues and Alternatives by William G Dyer. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1977.

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-performance Organization by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith. New York: Collins Business, 2006.

Improving Work Groups: A Practical Manual for Team Building by Dave Francis and Don Young. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 1992. 

The Four Tendencies, by Gretchen Rubin. New York: Harmony Books, 2017.

The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc. 2017.

Community Collaboration


Community Collaboration


How to make Collaboration Work by David Straus. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2002.

Collaborative Resilience: Moving Through Crisis to Opportunity, edited by Bruce Evan Goldstein. MIT Press, 2012

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge. Doubleday, 1990.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. Penguin Group, 2006.

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985. Print.

Collaboration: Using Networks and Partnerships, edited by John M. Kamensky and Thomas J. Burlin. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004.

Heads Above Water: The Inside Story of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program by Robert L. Gulley. Texas A&M University, 2015.

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda. Random House, 2017 

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative Case Studies, Leigh Goldberg.


Conflict Management

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving in by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton.  New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1983.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. 

Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts by R.J. Lewicki, B. Gray and M. Elliott (eds.). Washington: Island Press, 2013.


Collaborative Leadership

Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-power World by Barbara C. Crosby and John M. Bryson. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Collaborative Leadership: How Citizens and Civic Leaders Can Make a Difference by David D. Chrislip and Carl E. Larson. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994.

Governing by Network the New Shape of the Public Sector by Stephen Goldsmith and William D. Eggers. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2004.

Strategic Thinking


Strategic Thinking


The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell: Little, Brown and Company, 2002.

Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, by Joseph Jaworski. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2011.

The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action, by Don Schon, New York: Basic Books, 1983.

Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents, by Monica Sharma. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2017.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. New York: Random House, 2008.



Building a Learning Organization by David A Garvin. Harvard Business Review, July-August 1993.

Built to Last, Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras. William Collins, 1994.



Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins. William Collins, 2001.

Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen. Harper Collins, 2011.

Partnership Management


Partnership Management



Smart Thinking for Crazy Times, by Ian Mitroff. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler,1998. 



"The Dynamic Nature Of Conflict: A Longitudinal Study Of Intragroup Conflict And Group Performance." By K.A. Jehn and E. A. Mannix.  Academy of Management Journal 44, no. 2 (2001): 238-51. 

Managing Intergroup Conflict in Industry by Robert R. Blake, Herbert A. Shepard, and Jane Srygley Mouton.  Houston, TX: Gulf Pub., 1964.

Influence without Authority by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. 

Don't be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style by Randy Olson. Washington: Island Press, 2009.

Instant Rapport, by Michael Brooks. New York: Warner Books, 1989.

How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations, by William Ury. New York: Bantam Books, 1993.

Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals, by Susan K. Jacobson. Island Press, 2009


Political Savvy

The Courageous Follower: Standing up to & for Our Leaders by Ira Chaleff.  San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2003.

Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations by Jeffrey Pfeffer.  Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1992.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey. Provo, UT: Franklin Covey, 1998.

Developing Strategic Alliances by Edwin Richard Rigsbee. Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications, 2000. 

Political Skill at Work: Impact on Work Effectiveness by Gerald R. Ferris, Sherry L.Davidson and Pamela L.Perrewe. Davies-Black, 2005.

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ronald A.Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, Martin Linsky. Harvard Business Press, 2009.

Get Them On Your Side by Samuel B. Bacharach, Platinum Press, 2005






Leadership and Decision-making by Victor Harold Vroom and Philip W. Yetton. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1973.

The New Leadership: Managing Participation in Organizations by Victor Harold Vroom and Arthur G. Jago.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988. 

Planning and Evaluation

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M Senge. New York: Doubleday/Currency, 1990. 

Structured Decision Making: A Practical Guide to Environmental Management Choices, by R. Gregory, L. Failing, M. Harstone, G. Long, T. McDaniels, and D. Ohlson. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

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