Tag Archives: strategy

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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1. NetGain has been in the real estate business for years and didn’t know it.

A continuation of End of the beginning, 2018. Cycling around the city, I’m often passing old, forgotten capital projects in which NetGain played a significant role.  The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto Centre for the Arts, and the National Ballet School of Canada are all…
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