Zilch by Nancy Lublin


Book by Lublin, Nancy

Details Zilch

Release DateJun 24th, 2010
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction

Reviews Zilch

  • Ken
    NOTE: This review/interview originally appeared as a posting on my professional blog, "The Nonprofit Consultant Blog." The audience on that blog is others working in the nonprofit sector.One of my pet peeves has always been when well-meaning, but somewhat clueless outsiders tell us in the nonprofit sector that we need to be "more businesslike." Yes, there's much that each sector can learn from the best examples in other sectors of the economy, bu...
  • Amy Christine Lesher
    For the last few years I've read a few books about business, both nonprofit and for profit and while there were some good points in this book I found myself disagreeing with a lot of her thoughts.First: there was the passion aspect for nonprofit employees: because we work so hard we are at risk of burn - out. I have worked in an office where three people were given RXs for Valium. To suggest that if an employee doesn't show up for a meeting about...
  • Paul LaFontaine
    Non-profits have a "zero amount" baseline for their approach to problem-solving that is inherent in how they are structured. This leads to a leadership approach that for-profit businesses could use in their own well-funded world. I hated, and loved this book in parts. The writing was quite difficult for me. The Silicon Valley fangirl references detracted from the message. And many of the points were oversimplified. The almost taunting way the aut...
  • Jeana
    Nancy Lublin came to speak at our org almost a year ago, and I found her inspiring, personable, funny, gutsy and incredibly smart. Her personality leaps off the page, which made this book a really fun read. The only thing is, she looks at a few really awesome not-for-profits (including the one i work for!) and makes quite sweeping generalizations about how it is in the not-for-profit world. There are a lot of innovative and awesome nonprofits out...
  • Karina
    Nancy Lublin's book is one of the best business books I've read in a while. Not only was it very readable (and even funny at moments), but you learn so much: it's practically a mini-MBA in itself!The premise of the book is that Nancy realized that for-profit companies could learn a thing or two from not-for-profits who have figured out a way to make do with "zilch" budget, resources, etc, yet able to motivate staff, innovate, achieve goals, and r...
  • Tie Kim
    Fascinating short read on lessons any organization from any industry can learn from the practices of a not-for-profit. I first heard about it as it was referenced in an July 2010 article in The Economist (http://www.economist.com/node/16588412).I particularly enjoyed reading, Chapter 10: "Do More By Bartering With Zero". The author concludes the chapter by stating that you should get creative and use all of your resources available, including kno...
  • Nikita T. Mitchell
    This was a good read for me as it provided insight into the thoughts and actions of a leader of a nonprofit organization. However I struggled while reading it because her audience is the "unnamed ginormous company" yet she offers advice that isn't so much from the nonprofit sector but from well-run organizations in general. She made sweeping generalizations about the operations of nonprofits and corporations just to make her points. It's a reflec...
  • Elizabeth
    My boss wrote this, I have to say nice things about it. Which, luckily, isn't hard. It's breezily-written, funny, and smart. I don't know that I agree with every word in it, I'm not even sure I agree with her fundamental *premise* -- I'd like to see her definitions laid out more clearly, because it feels as though she elides "not-for-profit" with "startup" and equates size and office/corporate culture more than I think is warranted -- but I defin...
  • Lauren
    Of similar books I've recently read, I enjoyed Zilch by Nancy Lublin. As I'm not in the business sector, I didn't find many ideas applicable to my life, but thought her overall premise of considering how the corporate world might learn from non-profit was an interesting concept, as it seems most think the opposite is true (i.e. that non-profit should model after corporate). Seems a good read for any entrepreneur.
  • Kim
    CEO and "Chief Old Person" at DoSomething.org Nancy Lublin offers 11 major themes for success in business, for profit or not. Zilch is "not a spiritual tome about finding yourself or generating good karma -- I want you to read with a highlighter in hand, not a candle." Lublin is clear, concise, smart, direct, insightful, and funny. Really. This is one book I'll be referencing again and again.
  • Will DeKrey
    Smart, poignant overview of practices of strong nonprofits. I felt Lublin over exaggerated the good practices of nonprofits -- i.e., when she says "businesses could learn x from nonprofits" she really means "businesses could learn x from the top 0.001% of nonprofits." At the end of the day, though, Lublin offers great takeaways for organizations of all shapes, sizes and sectors.
  • Dan Smith
    This book was excellent! Chalked full of incredible contrarian ideas on how all businesses can be leaner and more profitable by thinking like a non-profit. Great read for all business leader!Great review by Inc. about this book which I fully agree:http://www.inc.com/articles/2010/07/b...
  • Terri
    Definitely one of the more interesting business books I've read. I've never worked at a non-profit, so it was eye opening -- and inspiring -- to read Lublin's insights and suggestions. Lots to take away from this one.
  • Joel Nathanael
    Too often businesses are trapped believing that money is always required to solve their problems. This book is a reminder of all the low-money solutions that scrappy non-profits have learned by necessity.
  • Charles Cohen
    An easy, pithy read. I appreciate Lublin's informality, and the way she chose to use questions instead of directives as a way to get readers thinking. While there wasn't any one part that really jumped out as particularly useful, the book will be one I will reach for again and again.
  • Lana
    I am always interested in finding ways to help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions more effectively. The new catch phrase in all organizations is "do more with less"...nonprofits have always had to do this and this book is filled with some great ideas from the frontlines!
  • Yasheve
    Good read. It felt a little strained as if the author was offered a book deal to write about non-profits. Afterwards, the publishers thought that the audience might be too small, so they told her to come up with a way to reach a larger audience.
  • Sarah
    A lot of good, common sense information.
  • Nicole Colter
    Business owners can learn a lot from the BEST of the non-profit world
  • Kurt
    Surprisingly well-written book on growing a non-profit without bags of money. Most chapters can also be useful to for-profit business, but a little reading between the lines is sometimes required.
  • Eliot Burdett
    Great read for boot strappers and those who lead not for profits. Insight on management, marketing, delivering exceptional service, hiring and getting things done.
  • Kevin Geary
    I stopped reading about halfway through after I got the point. The information is good but I think it could have been conveyed in a little bit more interesting way and in fewer pages.
  • Rick
    "If I walked around your offices, probably 50% would have Good to Great on their shelves. It's not working...I humbly offer my book to help you think in new ways."
  • Wendy Hollister
    recommended by Seth Godin. A must read for those who work with children, non profits, for profit, business who have boards, people who market products, all graduates from college.
  • Keri
    I liked this book. Nancy Lublin has a great sense of humor and is very innovative, which made this book more pleasure than work. I recommend this book to entrepreneurs.
  • Jessica
    Really enjoyed this book and the ideas listed are great reminders for non-profits and also really creative ideas for "corporate america". Would also classify as an "easy read".
  • Alissa
    Quick read, good insights and some thought provoking ideas I'd like to try.
  • Obiora Okwudili
    More a tale of own business experiences...rather than a concise plan of action for others