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Mapping the Issues

How do you incorporate feedback from audiences, donors and other stakeholders to design a season,…

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

Emerging Leaders and Board Membership: Finding the Right Fit

Fielding Grasty, NAS Director of Programs, shares some tips and advice for emerging leaders interested in gaining governance experience.

Board Membership: Finding the Right Fit

As an emerging leader, it can be difficult finding a nonprofit board to join. I…

How should organizations approach teamwork?

Surry Scheerer, executive coach and lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Ford School of Public Policy, suggests that leaders and their organizations take a more mindful approach to building and supporting teams.

What is the key element of relationship-building?

Surry Scheerer, executive coach and lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, talks about the importance of listening.

How does your approach to partnerships reflect your organization’s culture?

Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, suggests that framing partnerships as opportunities can be a powerful force in an 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.

Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations

“Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations” David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius…

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.

What advice do you have for relatively young organizations?

Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director of Women Make Movies, talks about staying focused on the mission (even when if it means saying “no” to money), giving your constituents a voice, motivating staff and capitalization.

Inspiring & Motivating Arts & Culture Teams