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National Arts Strategies

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.

 

Extend Your Reach

Applications are now available for the July 24-25 presentation of Extending Your Reach in Chicago.

This two-day seminar offers a deep dive into partnerships and alliances, exploring the different types of relationships that can help you do more and achieve greater impact. After careful evaluation of your current relationships, your goals for the future and critical tactics for establishing alliances, you will leave this seminar prepared to lead a portfolio of strategic partners and engage in alliances that will help you achieve your vision.

Your team will come together in advance of the seminar to discuss your current partnership activities and lay the groundwork for your time at the seminar.  At Extending Your Reach, you’ll experience a mix of faculty presentations, class discussions and team activities – including analyzing your network map and evaluating in detail one of your organization’s critical alliances – to enhance your understanding of the vital role alliances can play in your organizational strategy and how fostering strong relationships can help you accomplish more.  Learn more and apply by June 6 »

Click to hear from past participants about the NAS seminar experience and pay-what-you-can pricing!

Making Innovation Happen

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines what it takes to make innovation happen.

Where Innovation Happens

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, suggests that innovation happens when risk and reward are inverted.

Finding Resources for Innovation

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, answers those who say they don’t have enough money to experiment.

Competing Values

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, introduces the concept of competing values.

Creating High-Performing Teams

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines the keys to creating high-performing teams.

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.

Using Design Thinking

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines some misconceptions about Design Thinking.

Design Thinking: Solving Right Problem

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the importance of challenging your question to ensure you are solving the right problem.

Design Thinking: Sampling Extreme Users

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, discusses the benefit you can gain from looking outside your everyday users and audiences.