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





21 Partnership Success Factors by Brian O'Neill, NPS

Engaging with Communities in Public Land Stewardship: A Toolkit for Building and Sustaining Effective BLM Partnerships with Friends Groups, 2020.

Field Guide to Developing Partnerships, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee. Washington, DC, 2021.

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

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.

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

The Power of Environmental Partnerships by Frederick Long and Matthew Arnold. Harcourt Brace & Co., 1995.

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

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

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


Team Building

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

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

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

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.

Community Collaboration


Community Collaboration



The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier. Box of Crayons Press, 2016.

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

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

Colorado Plateau 3, Edited by Charles Van Riper and Mark K. Sogge. Chapter 1: Creating successful collaborations in the West: Lessons from the Field by Whitney Tilt, et al. University of Arizona Press, 2005.

Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence, North American Association for Environmental Education, 2007

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! by Marvin R. Weisbord and Sandra Janoff. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007.

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

Finding New Ground by Robert Chadwick. One Tree Publishing Company, 2012.

From Planning to Implementation: Top‐Down and Bottom‐Up Approaches for Collaborative Watershed Management by Thomas M. Koontz and Jens Newig. Policy Studies Journalism year.

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

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

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. 

Kūlana Noi‘i (Research Standards). This guide offers a structure for building and sustaining long-term relationships between communities and researchers. These kūlana (standards) may be applied to a range of communities. Support for the development of the Kūlana Noi‘i was provided by the University of Hawai‘i SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) Program, He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo, and Paepae o He‘eia.

Making Collaboration Work: Lessons from Innovation in Natural Resource Management by Julia Wondolleck and Steven Yaffee. Island Press, 2000.

The MSP Guide: How to Design and Facilitate Multie-Stakeholder Partnerships by Herman Brouwer and Jim Woodhill with Minu Hemmati, Karèn Verhoosel and Simone van Vugt, Center for Development Innovation, 2015

One Tam Case StudiesLeigh Goldberg

Perspectives on Collaborative Conservation: Lessons Learned from the Greater Sage Grouse Collaborative, Partners for Conservation. 

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

Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management by Paul Sabatier, et al. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2005. 

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


Collaborative Leadership

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.

Implicit Bias, video via NASA,

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.


Conflict Management

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker. New York, NY: Penguin Random House, 2018.

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

The Role of Trust in Restoration Success: Public engagement and temporal and spatial scale in a complex social-ecological system by Jakki Mohr, et al. Restoration Ecology, 2015.

Getting to the Core of Conflict and Communications (GTC3) Virtual Course Bibliography

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

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

NPS Conflict De-Escalation Toolkit for Interpreters

Overview of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and related Feelings and Needs list

Bureau of Land Management, Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution Resources



 Virtual Public Engagement Resources , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, September 2020.


Strategic Thinking


Strategic Thinking


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

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

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

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

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



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.

Generating, Scaling Up, and Sustaining Partnership Impact: One Tam's First Four Years, Leigh Goldberg and Amy Mickel, Ph.D.

Partnership Impact Evaluation Guide, Leigh Goldberg and Amy Mickel, Ph.D.

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