Susan Detwiler

127 Added | 7 Magazines | 9 Likes | 2 Following | 2 Followers | @SusanDetwil2016 | Consultant, facilitator, and strategic planning guide for nonprofits; believer in the power of vision to create the future we want to live in.                         sdetwiler@detwiler.com                         

10 Pieces of Killer Advice From Famous Creative Geniuses

Einstein, Twain, Wilde and Picasso faced the same problems as today's entrepreneurs. Here's how they got unstuck.<p>There's something incredibly potent and calming about insightful quotes from geniuses. As any entrepreneur or creative will attest, funks, ruts and blocks happen. And knowing that …

Creativity

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things

The transition to management requires a transformation of thought.<p>The transition from individual contributor to manager is not an easy one. In many cases, the skills that got you the promotion will not be the same ones that make you effective as a manager. Luckily, we have organizations like …

Management

Museum's Plan To Sell 40 Works Has Art World Up In Arms

A museum in Western Massachusettts has found itself as the focus of a recurrent discussion in the art world: Is it ever okay for a museum to sell some of its works for financial reasons?<p>For Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, the answer is a firm yes.<p>In a press …

The Arts

Sorting Nonprofit Risk and Uncertainty

Share38<p>Share114<p>Tweet33<p>Email<p>Shares 185<p>“UNEXPECTED” BY CONCHA FLORES VAY/WWW.CUADROSVAY.COM<p><i>This article is reprinted from the Summer 2017 edition of …

Nonprofits

The Cost of Cutting Marketing Budgets Within Cultural Organizations (DATA)

Data suggest that marketing budget cuts may be the most costly of all – and among the hardest to overcome.<p>That’s the topic of this week’s Know Your …

Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity?

Setting aside social, political, and moral reasons for encouraging a more diverse workplace, there is arguably no better incentive for promoting diversity than the premise that diverse teams and organizations are more creative. But is there actually any evidence in support of this idea? And if …

Creativity

Stop Talking About Health Care, Start Talking About People

Movements for progressive change consistently succeed when they begin and end with people, not things.<p>The success of the American Civil Rights …

Here We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Board Behavior

Share57<p>Share85<p>Tweet9<p>Email<p>Shares 151<p><i>This article was first published in the Spring 2011 edition of the</i> Nonprofit Quarterly<i>, “Governing Amid the</i> …

Governance

The Looking-Glass World of Nonprofit Money: Managing in For-Profits’ Shadow Universe

<i>Editors’ Note: More than a decade ago, we attended a presentation given by Clara Miller to a group of foundation representatives. Her talk, presented</i> …

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

Harvard Business Review

5 Charts That Illustrate The Racial Bias In The Nonprofit World

White people hold more than 80% of the industry’s top positions.<p>Of all the things philanthropists are trying to fix, there’s one major issue the sector seems to continually ignore: itself. As a new report by the Building Movement Project, a nonprofit research group, points out, there’s an intense …

Diversity

Governing a Collaborative Organization

<b>Advancing the Art of Collaboration</b> This series, produced in partnership with BBB's Give.org, calls on the social sector to embody a new and …

A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead

<i>Calculating overhead rates and managing overhead expense are important staff roles. Board members are not required to know how do staff accounting</i> …

Philanthropy

Boards: What headwinds are your clients facing?

When you travel from New York to London, the shortest flight is about 6 hours and 45 minutes. When you return, the shortest flight is an hour longer.</i> …

Over 60% of Recent Visitors Attended Cultural Organizations As Children (DATA)

<b>You may have guessed it was true – but here’s why this statistic matters.</b><p>The idea that those who visit cultural organizations as children are more …

How Annual Timeframes Hurt Cultural Organizations

<b>Some cultural executives still aim for short-term attendance spikes at the expense of long-term financial solvency – and they may not even know …