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The Planks for Leading Change

Inspired by the HBR article, “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” Nancy Koehn offers these nine planks (and their sequence) necessary for leading a successful change effort. 

Project Implicit

Project Implicit is a collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.

Online Seminar: Meaningful Communication

This seminar will help you understand the integral aspects of communication and how communication evolves during a conversation.

Online Seminar: Dominant Logic

Learn how leadership can impact the culture, operations, values and people of an organization.

Why we do it

And why you should too. When you’ve been around for as long as we have,…

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Continuing Education Program

Should I go to graduate school? Is there an online program I can do while…

Winter is Coming: What the Culture Sector Needs to Worry About Now

I. Predicting the Unpredictable The former NEA Chair Rocco Landesman says he doesn’t see anything…

The Career Path of a Nonprofit Generalist

Our sector needs those that are passionate about making a difference, no matter what it is. These are the generalists.

Sit Back & Enjoy the Ride: The Roller Coaster Career Plan

When I was younger, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: Theatre Director. But after a few years in that world, I didn’t feel like it was a good fit anymore.

Picture this:

You’re interviewing for your dream job. You are ready to showcase the 5 things any employer must know about you. But the interviewer never asks the questions you prepped for.  What do you do?

Why is it important to have a career plan?

Our paradigms dramatically affect our judgment and our decision making by influencing our perceptions. Paradigms…

Clarity & Observation

CC ilike via Flickr Developing a career plan was natural for me, as I was…

Kill Your Darlings!

Working in the arts for over a decade has been a continual exercise in projects…

It’s About Defining Your Values

I think that defining your values is far more important than defining your career path.…

Get A Mentor

Find a mentor. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, join a formalized program or research how others find mentors. Get a small group of dedicated mentors. You will quickly realize the results of your (and their) efforts.

It’s Not A Career. It’s A Lifestyle.

I am a classically trained violinist who started my studies at the age 4 and…

Your Career Plan: It’s not always a straight line!

Even though I am not an arts administrator, I have had to wear small versions…

Feeling Alive

My time, a huge portion of which I spend working, is limited. Seth’s death and…

The Career Knapsack

By focusing on values of all sorts in each of the places I’d been, I began to see the big picture for what it is — a matching game.

Training Today

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

How to Get Lucky (It’s Not What You Think)

We’ve talked about lots of different elements that factor into a career path. We’ve shared words of wisdom, scholarly articles, tools and frameworks. But I think we’ve yet to talk about what is arguably the biggest factor in one’s career… luck

Is it all about grit?

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

Fastest Route from Point A to Point B, Not Always a Straight Line

Ok. Let’s say you’ve done some soul searching, consulted your family and your most trusted advisors. You can now safely say that you know: 1) where you are and 2) where you want to be. Now what?

Moon Shot: Charting Your Path

Charting your path simply comes down to four questions: Where am I now? Where do I want to go? What are the obstacles in between? How do I overcome those obstacles?

The Earthquake is Coming. How Do We Withstand it?

A soldier watches as a fiddler plays a tune in the ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon.…

The Courage to Fail

It’s not easy for most of us to fail. We grow up in a world of consequences and standardized tests and we frequently only have one good shot to get something right.

The Young and the Restless: Taking the Right Career Path

As an emerging leader, the road to professional success seems long and confusing. We experience the daily tension of being where we are with where we want to be. Particularly in a recovering economy, more young leaders are in jobs where they feel over-qualified and underpaid. It can be frustrating, but are we really as far off as we feel?

Resolve to Take Back Your Time

My life changed when I decided to stop thinking about my schedule as filled with commitments the universe has shackled me to, but rather as choices I’ve consciously made about how I spend my time.

Making the Argument for Leadership Development

Linda Wood, Senior Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative at the Evelyn and Walter Haas,…

Getting Unstuck: Developing Skills to Climb the Leadership Ladder

My advice to early-career arts managers is not to get stuck waiting around for someone to pass you an opportunity, but to go right out and ask for it

Cleaning Out Our Closets

Recently I was cleaning my closet and came across several  items that no longer fit…

A Framework for Meaningful Engagement

Editor’s note: As part of our blog event for The Summit at Sundance, we have…

Avoiding Brain Freeze: Wellness in the Workplace

CC image by kroszk@ Working in the arts can be extremely stressful. Coordinating exhibits, performances…

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

This report of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders summarizes the discussion and includes links to video interviews with fellows and a visual diary of the event by fellow and comics artist Paola Gaviria.

Handmaking America

National Arts Strategies is an apolitical organization, so this review about an unashamedly liberal and…

Change at Work: The NAS Wellness Challenge

No alcohol for 30 days! Daily workouts! Low carb from now on! It’s a new…

Salzburg Global Forum: Some Final Thoughts

We introduced Field Notes as a means of amplifying meaningful conversation. Over the last couple…

Arts Organizations and Their Community

The changing nature of communication in the world has impacted the way people speak to each other and search for information.  New technologies have made interacting easier and more immediate than ever before.

What role should the arts play in civil society?

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blog posts from Fellows and panelists…

On remaking the world

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics…

Just be valuable.

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics…

On leadership: “What to Ask the Person in the Mirror,” Robert Kaplan

Professor Robert S. Kaplan (Harvard Business School) has written a book on leadership, management and…

About the collection

Twenty-one articles on leadership that the Getty Leadership Institute and NAS have identified specifically for busy arts and cultural professionals.

Why the Arts Matter Now

NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor recently delivered the keynote address to attendees of…

Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest

This is a report from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation about arts nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest that are thriving during these difficult economic times.

Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe

Making change in communities requires civic capacity. Power is wielded not only by elected politicians,…

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Sustainable performing arts organizations understand their audiences.  Sustainable museums understand their visitors. Audiences and visitors…

Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits

In order to discuss strategy intelligently in the nonprofit sector, we must first understand what…

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

A short read—an essay really—this piece adapts the principles of Good to Great to the nonprofit sector.

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