Tag Archives: Year in review

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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7. Society short changes itself when it values only the product of an artist’s labour.

Credit Robin Uchida with this Yoda-like utterance of something so obvious that it’s almost invisible.  In a nutshell, he pointed out the 21st century challenge of understanding the value of artists to society in terms of everything they contribute other than the objects they produce. Why? Because the reality is that the vast majority of artists, for…
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6. Sooner or later, a brilliant idea will stall if the boring fundamentals of structures and systems are wrong.

We’ve got a client, whose name I won’t mention (other than to say that it’s the acronym for Artists Know It’s Necessary), that acquires, outfits, manages, services, and programs space for artists.  They create studios in places and prices that would otherwise be inaccessible, and they do it in a manner that makes artists feel…
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