This book describes an approach to participatory management and leadership that has proven effective for organizations in U.S. and other western countries where people won’t permit teambuilding to develop to the exclusion of individuality. The groundbreaking core of the book shows how this participatory management strategy, Person-Centered Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, can be incorporated with great success into high stress nonprofit organizations. The book describes the leadership philosophy and day-to-day operations of an award-winning social service organization that targets youth and their families while successfully using person-centered strategies as the management model.

A Vital and Vibrant Infrastructure: Teamwork That Works

A vital and vibrant infrastructure: Teamwork that works

Historically, the Oasis Center has used a traditional management flowchart—that tree of boxes cascading down the page from the board of directors that reflects the chain of command, supervisory responsibilities, and proper pecking order. At Oasis, this flowchart did not reflect reality. Once again, the culture tells the real story. The heart and soul of Oasis management lies within its program teams. While team is the contemporary buzz word as well as a successful management tool, particularly in corporate America, the Oasis teams could almost be considered organizational families—although we will continue to refer to them as teams in this chapter.

Figure 9.1 depicts our interpretation of the Oasis management flowchart. ...

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