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Call for Submissions: A Conversation on Failure

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We are undertaking an exploration of a topic that tends to get glossed over in our field… failure. We’re gathering a range of opinions and experiences from inside and outside the field on failure to share widely this March on Field Notes  in order to create an archive of experiences and a dialogue on the many forms of failure.

We’re accepting submissions from anyone interested in participating in this conversation. We simply ask that you give some thought to the questions below, chose one and write a 300- to 500-word response:

  • How do you define failure?
  • What role do expectations play in having failed?
  • Do you feel supported to fail in your job? Why or why not?
  • Tell us about the ways you motivate yourself after you’ve failed. What gets you centered and back up again?
  • How have your thoughts about failure changed throughout your career?

 
Submissions will be accepted through February 24, 2015 and finalists will be featured on our ArtsJournal blog, Field Notes throughout March.

Please send submissions to Taylor Craig, tcraig@artstrategies.org. Selected submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Feel free to contact Taylor with any questions you have regarding this call.

 

Call for Submissions: A Conversation on Career Plans

SLIDE_Call_SubmissionsHow do you craft a career plan? Why is it important to have a career plan? How do you identify your gaps in learning? How do you begin to fill those gaps?

We’re exploring all these questions and more in a conversation on Field Notes this October and we want to hear from you! We aim to host a field-wide conversation on how to craft a career plan in order to highlight the range of experiences and bring to light the array of tools that can be helpful to staff, colleagues and ourselves.

We’ve all been or are currently in some part of the career plan journey. Either you are a long-time CEO of an established organization with a unique story of how you got there or you’re a new graduate with a few years of experience trying to figure out what’s the next step. We want to hear from you – all of you.

We’re accepting submissions from anyone interested in writing a 200-300 word piece about this topic in our field. Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2015 COB and featured on our Arts Journal blog, Field Notes throughout October 2015.

Please share this call with those in your network and encourage your colleagues to get involved in this conversation.

Please send submissions to Taylor Craig, tcraig@artstrategies.org. Selected submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Feel free to contact Taylor with any questions you have regarding this call.

 

 

 

Welcome to the Creative Community Fellows!

We are excited to announce the 50 Creative Community Fellows! This incredible community of cultural entrepreneurs will work with NAS and each other over the next nine months to build projects that will lead to stronger, healthier communities. We received over 200 applications from 38 states and 14 different countries. We were overwhelmed by the vision and passion of the applicants. We found them all to be curious, open and hungry for a community of collaborators.

Each Fellow is coming to the program with an idea for responding to a problem in their community – from a mobile museum of American artifacts that will collect, record and preserve stories to creative writing as a means of igniting neighborhood change and empowering residents. We will provide Fellows with tools, training and mentors to help them push their projects forward. The Fellows will work together to refine their projects and perfect their pitches. They will also have the rare opportunity to receive feedback from leading funders.

We often hear leaders talk about the challenge of making the case for arts and culture. We feel that if we connect with our communities in the ways that these Fellows are, then few people would question our value. We’ve seen that the leaders who thrive are the ones who understand and connect with their communities. By giving these leaders training, support and a voice, we hope to create ripples that will spur connection throughout the field and help ensure sustainability.

This is not solely a program for the 50 Fellows. We want to build and support a community of cultural entrepreneurs. We encourage you to visit the Creative Community Fellows site and share it with your colleagues. In addition to project updates from the Fellows, we will post all of the content and tools from the program. We hope you will join this incredible group of Fellows.

 

Kate Balug Nicolle Bennett Corina Bucea Scott Burkholder
Casey Caldwell Justina Crawford-Williams Sadiqua Iman Crutcher Thupten Dakpa
Tanya Daud Dawn DiPrince Ali Fadlallah Hannah Fox
Mina Girgis Angela Goerner Philip Graulty Sara Greer
Alma Guzman Abdul Karim Hakib Rachel Hamilton Lisa Harper Chang
Danny Harris Kate Jopson Laurelin Kruse Al Letson
Valerie Liais Alex Macharia Hayk Makhmuryan Sifiso Maposa
Erik Moe Monica Montgomery Katy Moonan Jessica Moore
Kristina Newman-Scott Christina Oi Ying Nip Elise Pepple Damaris Pereda
Steve Prince Julie Rada Rachel Reynolds Luster Josh Rice
Madeline Sayet Andrew Shea Scott Shigeoka Amanda Thompson
Chris Webb Emilia White Tamara Williams Heidi Wright
Hunter Wright Heather Zinger

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This program is the result of the incredible collaboration and support of The Kresge Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, ArtPlace America and RocketHub.

 

Tackling the Tough Issues

The NAS team heads Sundance, Utah next week for our final convening of The Chief Executive Program, The Summit at Sundance. This event was created to allow program participants time to look for solutions to the issues most challenging to them as they strive to strengthen the cultural sector. Over the course of the convening, we will investigate problems around governance, organizational structure and culture, engagement and communicating value.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be hosting an event at Field Notes to extend the discussion of these issues, and we want to include your voice. Learn more about The Summit at Sundance and how we arrived at the problems to be addressed (hint: it involves a mind map!). Keep watching Field Notes for more posts around this event and please add your ideas to the conversation!

 

How can you increase your influence? Online Q&A April 28

Have you ever wondered what determines who is influential? The truth is influence has more to do with communication and behavioral tactics than it does with any innate characteristics. People have developed “hard-wiring” that make it more likely for us to respond positively to some requests than others – not based on the request itself, but on how we are asked. The key to influence is understanding what people are likely to respond to and acting in ways that are most likely to elicit the response you want.

Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is a two-part event that will help you understand the underpinnings of how to build influence and will give you the opportunity to explore your questions about using proven influence strategies in a live videoconference. Both parts of this event feature Professor Paula Caproni from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, an expert on leadership and interpersonal skills. The first part of this event is a 20-minute video of Professor Caproni explaining influence strategies, why influence strategies work and how to use the strategies ethically. The second part is a Q&A session April 28, 1-2 PM EDT in which you and a small group of colleagues will explore your questions about how to use the strategies from the video in your work and life.

The nature of this content and the anticipated questions are not ideal for team participation. We are limiting participation to 25 individuals to ensure the highest level of engagement. The tuition to take part in this event is $45 per person.

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Early Registration for Q&A on Influence ends Friday

Register now to join Professor Paula Caproni, an expert on power, influence, leadership and interpersonal skills, for a live Q&A session April 28, 1-2 PM EDT to discuss your questions about how to ethically build and use your influence for the discounted tuition of $35.

While good ideas and programs may be hard to sell even in the best of conditions, there are simple things that you can do to increase the likelihood that people would respond positively to your ideas and requests. Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is your opportunity to learn about these strategies and explore your questions about how you can use them with Paula Caproni, Ph.D.  To frame the live conversation, you’ll be provided with a video of Professor Caproni explaining how people make decisions and how you can leverage that knowledge to increase the likelihood that people respond favorably to your requests and suggestions the week before the event.

Because of the nature of this content, and the questions we anticipate, you should plan to participate individually. We are limiting participation to 25 individuals to ensure the highest level of engagement and have adjusted the tuition for this event. Registrations through April 8 will receive discounted tuition of $35. If there are still spaces remaining after that date, the tuition will return to the standard rate of $45.

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Q&A on influence strategies; discounted tuition through April 8

Join us April 28, 1-2 PM EDT for Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence to explore your questions about strategies for getting people to tell you “yes.” This small group discussion is your opportunity to learn more about what makes people influential and strategies you can use to increase your influence. Register by April 8 and receive a discounted tuition of $35.

Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence features Professor Paula Caproni of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, an expert in leadership, interpersonal skills and team development. Before the live discussion, you’ll receive a recording of Professor Caproni discussing how influence works and strategies to develop it. The live event will be entirely devoted to exploring questions about the content from the video. (more…)

 

How can you build your influence?

Join us April 28, 1-2 PM EDT for an online Q&A event to explore your questions about building your influence so you can work more effectively. Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is your opportunity to learn more about what makes people influential and get answers to your pressing questions about how you can use influence strategies effectively with Dr. Paula Caproni, an expert in leadership, interpersonal skills and team development.

Prior to the live event, you’ll be provided with a short recording of Professor Caproni sharing insights into the psychology of how people make decisions and proven strategies for appealing to people’s natural inclinations to evoke positive responses. Then, on April 28, you’ll explore your questions about how you can use your new understanding of how people make decisions and influence strategies to work more effectively.

About the event

Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is a two-part event that gives you the opportunity to explore new ideas and your questions directly with a leading expert. The first part of the event is a 20-minute video featuring Professor Caproni which you will be able to watch at your convenience in the weeks prior to the live event. The second part is a videoconference Q&A session April 28, 1-2 PM EDT in which you Professor Caproni will answer your critical questions based on the video.

Given the types of questions that may arise in a conversation about influence and interacting with your colleagues, we encourage you to participate individually so you can freely explore your questions. Participation is strictly limited to 25 individuals to enable you to fully engage in the Q&A session. The tuition is $45 per person, however registrations received by April 8 will be discounted to $35.

About Dr. Paula Caproni

Professor Caproni serves on the faculty of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is an award-winning teacher, with extensive experience in MBA and executive education programs both in Michigan and abroad, and is the author of “Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach” which is now in its second edition.

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Online Q&A about the facts and fictions of organizational growth February 10


Update: This event is now sold out. Learn about our next Talk with an Expert event »

There are numerous mantras and “best practices” about organizations floating around out there – but how many of them are true? This two-part event is your opportunity to separate the fact from the fiction and explore your questions about organizational growth with our featured expert, Edward Hess, an executive-turned-academic who researches the challenges of growth and building enduring organizations.

When you register for Talk with an Expert: Smart Growth you’ll receive an online video of Professor Hess discussing common misconceptions about growth, different types of growth organizations can choose to pursue and the components that enable continual improvement or “smart” growth within an organization. You’ll then get to spend an entire hour exploring your questions about what “smart” growth means for your organization during a live video-conference with Professor Hess February 10, 1-2 PM EST. (more…)

 

Q&A with expert on building sustainable organizations

Edward HessEdward Hess is an executive-turned-academic who researches the challenges of growth and building enduring organizations. He serves on the faculty of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he teaches MBA and Executive Education courses on the management of smaller enterprises, growth, innovation and strategy. He has authored eight books, over 40 articles and over 40 cases dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. Talk with an Expert: Smart Growth is your opportunity to explore your questions about the types of growth that make sense for your organization directly with Professor Hess.

Join Professor Edward Hess February 10, 1-2 PM EST to explore your questions about “smart” growth – the types of continual improvements that enable organizations to change and grow in the long-term. In advance of the live discussion, we’ll provide you with a video of Professor Hess which will help frame the conversation. In the video, Professor Hess will discuss the risks of organization growth, the different types of “smart” growth and incorporating organizational learning and “smart” growth into your organizational processes. We encourage you to gather a few of your colleagues to join you and share in the discussion about how to apply these concepts to your organization.

Participation in this event is strictly limited to 12 logins to ensure the highest levels of engagement with Professor Hess. Tuition for registrations received by January 21 will be discounted to $75. If there are still spaces remaining, registrations received beginning January 22 will return to the standard $95 tuition.

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