Surry Scheerer, executive coach and lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, talks about the importance of listening.
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Sustaining top-level organizational performance requires ongoing questioning, learning, and improvement. Different challenges – and different types of people and organizations – require different tools to support this continuous improvement. NAS develops and shares stand-alone and add-on leadership tools as complements to our in-person and community programs. Through publications, teaching case studies, videos and other management tools, we look to fill in critical gaps in the support available for cultural institutions. Each of these tools and services create more ways for NAS to support and interact with arts and culture professionals across the country and around the world.
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Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, suggests that framing partnerships as opportunities can be a powerful force in an organization.
Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate ROOTS, talks about his approach to partnerships.
Last fall, we launched Field Notes as a medium to share ideas and lessons from our conversations with cultural leaders and innovative thinkers, and from our experience working in the sector. With the NAS Reading List, we also hope to share lessons from intriguing articles and publications we encounter. Seeing some alignment in these objectives and in the interest of making it easier for you to find ideas from the NAS Team, we’ve decided to put future Reading List posts over at Field Notes. You’ll find them under the topic “Reading List.” We’ll continue to feature Reading List items in our Monthly Digest emails.
Many wonderful teams will be joining us for upcoming presentations of Strategy and Managing People. Teams hail from all over the United States and represent a broad mix of disciplines and budget sizes. Congratulations to the accepted teams—we look forward to working with you!
From October 12-17, 2013 the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders will once again bring together fifty dynamic young cultural leaders from around the world in Salzburg, Austria for an intensive leadership development program. Following a successful first year, National Arts Strategies and Salzburg Global Seminar are pleased to invite young cultural leaders to apply for the second event of this multi-year series.
Held in Salzburg, Austria, the Forum will help young practitioners improve their leadership skills to enable them and their organizations to thrive in a field characterized by rapid change, uncertainty and limited resources. The program will encourage international understanding and cultural exchange and help strengthen the cultural sector worldwide through a vital global network of young cultural leaders. Through a series of panel discussions, group conversations, informal networking and skill-building sessions, fellows will expand their thinking on what it means to be a cultural leader and explore ideas for how they will serve the field.
Last October, National Arts Strategies, in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar, presented the first annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, co-chaired by NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor and National Arts Council of Zambia Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe. Over the course of this convening, fifty young cultural leaders from around the globe came together to address questions on the role of the arts and their place in communities, the tension between global and local in today’s world and the creation and communication of value. Through a series of panel discussions, group conversations, informal networking and skill-building sessions on team building and communication, change management and innovation, fellows expanded their thinking on what it means to be a cultural leader and worked together to explore ideas for how they will serve the field. NAS Program Manager Sunny Widmann authored the session report, which summarizes these discussions. The report also includes links to blog posts and video interviews with fellows (featured on Field Notes during the session) and a visual diary of the event by fellow and comics artist Paola Gaviria.
This sentiment is one commonly expressed at executive education programs and among business leaders to convey just how important culture can be to organizational success. Developing an organizational culture that supports your mission and drives your strategy is a task that goes beyond the human resources department. It is the responsibility of leaders across the organization to think about how to create a structure and environment that allows employees to thrive in their roles and ensure that you meet organizational goals.
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The International Society for the Performing Arts has honored National Arts Strategies President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor with their International Citation of Merit. The award was presented January 16 in New York in recognition of Mrs. Taylor’s work. Read more »
The International Citation of Merit is presented to leaders in the field for their “unique lifetime achievement which has enriched the international performing arts” and for “distinguished service working within the profession.” The entire NAS Team heartily congratulates Mrs. Taylor on this honor!
Happy New Year!
National Arts Strategies has lots in store for 2013, starting with our first Business of Arts and Culture seminar, Strategy. Strategy, presented March 7-9 in San Francisco, provides an opportunity for you to work with your leadership team under the guidance of leading management professors Violina Rindova and Rob Wiltbank.
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