Author Archives: Joe Kluger

If you’ve often wondered why Moses and the Israelites spent 40 years in the desert, it’s probably because Moses presented the “Ten Commandments” without first reading Buy-In, a new book by John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead that deconstructs … Continue reading

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The recent economic challenges have heightened awareness of and concern for the proliferation of visual and performing arts facilities built in the last 20 years with unsupportable debt and/or insufficient working capital.  Given the challenges that arts groups face raising … Continue reading

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For those who have finished all three Stieg Larsson novels, I have three suggestions for your summer reading list: 1.  The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, by David La Piana, explains why traditional strategic planning, which generates agreement on lists of long-term … Continue reading

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The Opera Company of Philadelphia recently created an innovative marketing project, in which members of the cast of La Traviata performed the famed “Brindisi” in the aisles of Reading Terminal Market on a busy Saturday morning.  In addition to the … Continue reading

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There were two recent announcements of unusual organizational collaborations that caught my attention. First, an article in Crains New York reported that the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is in final negotiations to merge with Dance Theater Workshop. If … Continue reading

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Personally, I prefer Diet Coke to Diet Pepsi.  But, an exciting new grant program from Pepsi is causing me to reconsider.  The Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away $1.3 million every month through January 2011 to individuals and organizations that develop … Continue reading

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It wasn’t as much of an escape as some of the legal thrillers I read on the beach this summer, but Competing for the Future, by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, is a post-Labor Day “must-read” for anyone on the … Continue reading

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In his book The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, Matt Miller challenges many long-held assumptions about societal norms. He posits that some core beliefs, which are “dubious at best and often dead wrong, are on a collision course with economic developments … Continue reading

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A recent issue of our newsletter, Sounding Board, focused on the topic of mergers and strategic alliances in the cultural nonprofit sector, and generated more than the usual amount of feedback from clients and industry leaders. While some readers thanked … Continue reading

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Some nonprofit executives, though concerned about the overall state of the economy, seem relatively unfazed by the impact of the stock market collapse on their endowment funds, perhaps assuming that eventually “whatever goes down must come up.” Their relative complacency … Continue reading

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