Category Archives: Organizational Development

People first

by Jini Stolk Those of us in the arts don’t need to be reminded that our most important resources are people: those who create the art, support the art, and engage in the art. But our work can be so intense that I think we sometimes forget to care for ourselves and each other. That’s […]

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Exploring the Feasibility: 10 Feasible Tips

by Jini Stolk You have a great idea. It’s been percolating for a good while now and you’re ready to take action. Does this idea have legs? Can you accomplish it? How do you move forward? It’s time for Exploring the Feasibility. At Creative Trust we were very careful to figure out whether our ambitious […]

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Hiring well

by Jini Stolk Hiring can involve both anticipation and anxiety. If you do it right, you can look forward to sunny days, basking in achievements and successes. If you don’t…it’s yours to fix. Here are a few pieces of advice for managers and for board members undertaking what might be their most important job – […]

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Not simply to survive

by Jini Stolk “Our mandate as an arts organization is not simply to survive, but to create. Its function in society is to create. The only thing that justifies the money that we get is putting out work that counts.” With this profound statement, and a public letter filled with gratitude to the artists, staff and […]

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Top Tips for Creating a New Program

by Jini Stolk Arts organizations tend to be skilled and inventive creators of programming, requiring the careful weaving of many strands – artistic, financial, contracting, marketing and much more. These 8 Top Tips for Creating a New Program are designed for those moments in an arts or other nonprofit organization when an entirely new initiative […]

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Building trust

by Jini Stolk I’ve had many fascinating conversations since my recent post on self-interest as a largely unacknowledged factor in successful collaborative initiatives. This led me to think about another essential component of collaborations that work: trust. Because it was part of our name, identity, values and process at Creative Trust, trust was much discussed […]

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On diversity

by Jini Stolk We all read Joseph Recinos’ Where are the Minority Voices in Theatre. I know we did. Here are some thoughts I think are relevant: Vu Le finds recent stats on diversity in nonprofit leadership in the States (only 8% of board members are people of color; nearly a third of nonprofit boards don’t […]

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The future of shared platforms

by Jini Stolk I thought about calling this post “Shared platforms: the future”, but I’m not yet sure that’s the way it will go. At this point, there’s a lot of discussion, an insightful research paper by Jane Marsland and funder support for new “platforms” that take on major components of the administration of small arts […]

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Predicting the “future”

by Jini Stolk I’ll go out on a limb here. My prediction for 2015 is that arts organizations will adapt to new funding, producing and audience realities by moving away from expecting/assuming that healthy organizations are characterized by growing seasons, expanding budgets, and ever more senior corporate board members. Instead they’ll move towards accepting/embracing the […]

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Network (and other) leadership for change

by Jini Stolk I was delighted to be asked to do a 5×5 presentation for the recent Ontario Nonprofit Network conference , although summing up the qualities of successful Network Leadership in five minutes and five slides was a bit daunting. Basically, I said (with many thanks to June Holley’s superb Network Weaver and Liz […]

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