Once upon a time, there were 3 Bears, all of whom were funders and all of whom were going through the process of making decisions where to give their money. [Since this is a 21st Century tale, propriety does not allow us to identify the age, gender, or marital status of any of the Bears in question.] … [Read more...] about Due Diligence and the Three Bears
Few TED talks have created as long a trail as Dan Pallotta’s recent one. But the issues he recently raised about the role of the NFP sector and funding overhead are not new at all. Those of us who teach and advise funders address this question all the time. And thankfully, despite the suggestion to the contrary, many funders are not blind to the need for investing in quality management of crucial institutions. Why, then, has his talk inspired … [Read more...] about Some Thoughts on the Discussions Surrounding Dan Pallotta’s TED talk
One never knows when a post will get reactions. A recent one on “Disruption” seemed to inspire quite a few. Most were laudatory - one quite critical. The essence of the criticism was that I demonstrated an arrogance in advocating that outside “consultant” experts sometimes know better than insiders what change is necessary and how to bring it about. Much of that reaction was his strong objection to a recent report from a consultant his … [Read more...] about Does Expertise Matter? Should It?
It is much more fun to be Mr. Nice Guy, to get all those ego strokes when, at the end of a speech, consultation, meeting [pick one or more], everyone tells you how great you were. Everyone goes away smiling and satisfied. - especially you. It is much more challenging when, to do your job well, you know that those strokes are not going to be easy to come by: - when the group, the foundation, the organization, the individuals needs to change…. … [Read more...] about Disruption … Can “Change” Happen Without It?
Any of us who help facilitate family retreats and board meetings know that sensitivity to what different members bring to the table is essential. Words, experiences, and expectations can mean such different things to those sitting around the table. And, let’s face it, in families, those differences can be quite personal. We often find ourselves in the role of “translator”, educator, and even peacemaker as well as facilitator in such settings. … [Read more...] about Has The Generation Gap in Family Philanthropy Closed?