Tag Archives: leadership

10. A vaccine is needed to protect non-profits from the myth of charismatic leadership.

At the risk of repeating myself, the turnover of leadership among our clients and more generally across the sector, demonstrates the foolishness of hinging plans on charismatic leadership. Rainmakers are in short supply. They come and go with greater freedom than lesser talents.  Often their past success is not reproducible in a different setting. Even more often,…
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9. It’s hard for clients to declare a desire with the same certainty with which their commercial counterparts declare their corporate intentions.

For those who struggle in scarcity, a clear admission of ambition or desire feels like a failure.  The gap between the lofty future and the meagre present can seem soul-destroying.  Yet NetGain frequently presses and finds the lofty goal is actually not that precious or even necessary to the client’s real goal, nor that the…
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3. Leadership is not a commodity, and so is more reliably cultivated than acquired.

The habit of buying leadership persists in corporations of all kinds, but nowhere more than in the arts.  It’s amazing how old names pop up in new places. Elsewhere, familiarity breeds contempt, but in arts management, it engenders trust. Performance, ability, and achievement are relegated as factors by organizations seeking instead a steady hand, preferring like…
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End of the beginning, 2018

Past practice was to review a year of blogging and report on what had caught the attention of our readers.  It was occasionally surprising to learn how little my obsessions coincided with the casual interests of human and mechanical web browsers.  As everywhere, the analytics offered more support than illumination (like a lamp post to…
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