Susan Detwiler

137 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                         

As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

CINCINNATI — A concert hall that was simply too cavernous: hard to sell out and leaving audiences feeling distant from the music. Lobbies that have grown shabby over time. A fortresslike presence, somewhat isolated from the city just outside its doors.<p>These are all problems that Lincoln Center and …

Orchestras

The Key to Campbell Soup’s Turnaround? Civility.

Based on our combined experience and research – Doug as the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Christine as professor who has researched leadership for 20 years – we’ve observed that the best way to truly win the hearts and minds of people, and generate huge returns for your organization and …

Leadership

Capital for Creativity

By Laura CallananImpact investors have ignored the arts and culture sector, at the expense of the communities they seek to help.

Philanthropy

How Successful Solopreneurs Make Money

<b>Dorie Clark,</b> a marketing strategy consultant, answers a burning question: how do people make money off of what they know? She outlines the options for experts who want to monetize their knowledge. Clark explains, using herself and other successful solopreneurs as examples, how to earn revenue from …

Harvard Business Review

Does Being Nonprofit Impact Perceptions of Cultural Organizations? (DATA)

It doesn’t much. In fact, there’s something that matters much more.“But we’re a nonprofit!” seems to be a common defense against lack of industry …

Philanthropy

A Roadmap to Better Boards (Blog)

By Kate HayesIt’s time for nonprofits to recognize that diverse groups are more innovative and better performing, and to apply that insight to their …

Governance

Putting lifelong learning on the CEO agenda

In an open letter to business leaders, a Harvard Business School professor and a learning engineer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative present an …

Learning

A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead

Share2K<p>Share1K<p>Tweet43<p>Email<p>Shares 3K<p>“We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness …

Why Corporations Wish They Were Us: The Purpose-driven Workforce as a Nonprofit Advantage

Share50<p>Share135<p>Tweet60<p>Email<p>Shares 245<p>“Corporate Social Responsibility” by Tom Raftery<p>August 13, 2017; Forbes<p>Nonprofits that have bought into the …

The Power of Positive Planning

If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?<p>That query invites us to consider what really matters to us, …

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 …

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 …

Leadership

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 …

Museums

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 …

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.That’s the topic of this week’s Know Your …

Management

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 (Blog)

By Hildy GottliebIf we want Americans to be healthy, we must change the conversation.

Health Care

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> …

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

Share224<p>Share270<p>Tweet15<p>Email<p>Shares 509<p><i>Editors’ Note: More than a decade ago, we attended a presentation given by Clara Miller to a group of</i> …

Philanthropy

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 (Blog)

By Anne WallestadCollaborative organizations require collaborative leadership, but are boards getting in their own way?

Leadership

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> …

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>The idea that those who visit cultural organizations as children are more …

Parenting

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 it.</b> …

Management

Prioritizing Time for Building Trust

<i>What does it make possible when people who work together know each other as whole people?</i> That question led off this post about creating supportive, …

Problem Boards or Board Problem?

Share134<p>Share161<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Shares 295<p>PHOTOGRAPH: “FIRE PAILS” BY SKIP HUNT<p><i>Editors’ note: This article was first published in</i> <i>summer 2003 and is</i> …

Museums So White: Survey Reveals Deep Lack of Diversity

Share464<p>Share49<p>Tweet3<p>Email<p>Shares 516<p>May 6, 2017; St. Louis Public Radio<p>A new report issued by the American Alliance of Museums at its annual meeting …

From Enterprise Risk Management to Shared Leadership: A Different Look at Succession Planning

Share49<p>Share69<p>Tweet3<p>Email<p>Shares 121<p><i>On June 6th, 2015,</i> <i>we asked readers to write their own observations drawn from a recent study on nonprofit</i> …