One of the toughest challenges, in any type of organization,
is getting traction for a new idea. It can be a struggle to win over staff,
peers, managers and board members, and powerful new ideas often get stuck in
place. This is especially true in the cultural sector, where there is little
time and even less money for experimentation and risks. To keep realizing their
goals, arts and cultural leaders need to create an environment where new management
and program ideas can effectively be created, shared, evaluated and the best
ones successfully put to work.
Leading Innovation will teach your team how to make an "innovation strategy" a fundamental component of your
organization's overall strategy. In this seminar you will learn to:
Analyze constraints on innovation in your organization, foresee obstacles and opportunities,
and develop a shared vision
Develop a process to manage the demands of multiple stakeholders, shifting
priorities and the uncertainty inherent in new initiatives
Create a culture for innovation and risk-taking that generates new perspectives and challenges
Create a strong customer focus within your organization that anticipates customer needs
What to expect
This highly interactive two-day working session will engage your team through
a series of class discussion and team exercises. The faculty will guide you through
the innovation process, helping your team use the frameworks explored in the class to generate, select and plan the implementation of an innovative solution to a challenge your organization faces.
See a detailed description of the seminar sessions »
Who should attend
Leading Innovation is designed for top program, management and
board leadership. We strongly recommend a team of three or more people; large organizations should
consider sending larger teams. In selecting your team, it will be helpful to include:
Key board, administrative and program staff you see as either potential change agents or
possible barriers to change
Influential representatives of key stakeholder groups (for example, orchestras have
What past participants have to say
“Dave Owens is brilliant, really remarkable... It was renewing and inspiring for my staff and board to go through the experience for themselves... The case studies included corporate environments, and the way the discussion was structured made these cases relevant and incredibly applicable. The curriculum respected our industry.Ē Read the full participant story »
Former Managing Director, INTIMAN
Executive Director, The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Maria Hannon, Director of Human Resources at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, discusses how attending Leading Innovation gave her staff a shared language and framework that has helped the organization move forward.
This seminar is not currently scheduled for open enrollment.
The complex issues involved in leading a cultural nonprofit today can challenge even the most skilled management team. Using our first-hand experience in the arts and working with faculty from leading business and graduate schools, we deliver executive-level programs that help you find new opportunities, manage your resources and lead your organization toward its mission.