Managing your team and your board – strategic human resources, teams, governance

Leftovers? Again?

Needless to say, when she walked in the door not a mere five minutes later,…

What are the qualities of a strong arts leader?

What makes a successful arts leader? This is perhaps the most important question as you…

Designing Your Life

This week on Field Notes, we’re talking about career paths. We’ve broken this conversation down…

How have you engaged your staff to cultivate new leaders?

NAS produces publications, videos and other management tools to inspire those working in the field…

Communicate the “Why?”

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the importance of communicating why you do what you do… not just the what and the how.

Reframing Negotiation

Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, suggests that negotiation shouldn’t be a “winner take all” experience.

Negotiating Better

Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, provides some simple techniques to help you improve your negotiation skills.

Leading Change Without Crisis

How to build organizational intuition through a process of discovery and debate around an organization’s purpose and by refocusing attention outside rather than inside the organization

Mission-Driven: Aligning an Organization to Create Social Impact

The mission of the Boston Children’s Chorus informs its programming, logistics and operations. Executive Director,David Howse, is very aware of the way race and culture not only affect Boston, but the greater community. His vision ensures that the Boston Children’s Chorus’ mission is reflected in every aspect of the organization.

Inciting a Free for All: Empowering staff, breaking down silos and changing a culture

Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances, arrived at a time when the organization faced substantial internal and external challenges. His response was to created the Fall Free for All – an open house of free music, dance and theater performances – that gave staff a chance to work together on a large-scale project and reconnect with the community in a meaningful way.

What are some lessons from your experiences leading change?

During his tenure as Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Charles Desmarais led the organization through the design, construction and relocation to a new facility designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Now the president of San Francisco Art Institute, Desmarais reflects on the lessons from that period of radical change.

How should cultural institutions approach change?

Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, discusses the importance of thinking about oneself as a social entrepreneur rather than an arts administrator.