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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

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What value does the arts create and how do we articulate it?

Deirdre Prins-Solani, an independent heritage and cultural expert in South Africa and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty member, talks about the interaction between the sacred and public spaces and how that tension creates value.

Just be valuable.

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What are some lessons from your experiences leading change?

During his tenure as Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Charles Desmarais led the organization through the design, construction and relocation to a new facility designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Desmarais reflects on the lessons from that period of radical change.

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…

How does a leader effect change?

Mary Lou Aleskie, Director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, talks about the importance of balancing data and passion.

What effect does an organization’s dominant logic have on programming?

Peggy Sloan, Director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, talks about the challenge and importance of questioning your assumptions.

What advice do you have for relatively young organizations?

Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director of Women Make Movies, talks about staying focused on the mission (even when if it means saying “no” to money), giving your constituents a voice, motivating staff and capitalization.

As a new museum director, what are your main goals and priorities?

Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, talks about the importance of a realistic, pragmatic approach to change.

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.

How do cultural institutions, particularly established ones, manage change?

Horst Abraham suggests that organizations must be able to reinvent themselves at the pace of the change around them.

Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

The book is intended to be a guidebook for leading nonprofit organizations rather than a handbook of nonprofit leadership or management.

How can cultural leaders find opportunities within the new competitive reality?

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, discusses the need for leaders to also be cultural consumers.

Managing the Arts: Leadership and Decision Making under Dual Rationalities

The dual functions of guiding artistic or educational activities and an organization’s administration fosters structural complexity, competing sets of goals, multiple stakeholder claims and values in some tension with one another.

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…

The Marketization of the Nonprofit Sector: Civil Society at Risk?

In this journal article, authors Elkenberry and Drapal Kluver examine the threat that “marketization” poses to democracy and citizenship.

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.

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization

Airport bookstores are filled with the latest answers from management gurus. None have enjoyed anything…

Designing for Growth

Jeanne Liedtka has been a hugely successful faculty member of the Getty Leadership Institute’s flagship…

Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World

The environment shared by for-profits and nonprofits has remarkable similarities: a global economy afflicted with…

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

Dean Williams is a writer and scholar with significant international experience (he served for five…

The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation

The chapter “Pain” from Robert Grudin’s book approaches leadership and innovation from a rarely-discussed perspective.…

Leadership Without Easy Answers

Some of the greatest achievements in history have been brought about by people who were…

The Transformational Model of Leadership

James MacGregor Burns revolutionized leadership studies in 1978 with the concept of transformational leadership. In…

4 Practices serve as Pillars for Adult Learning: Learning-oriented leadership offers a promising way to support growth

This journal article is a brief and accessible look at the author’s research in adult learning.

Creating High-Impact Nonprofits

This is a study of twelve high performing nonprofits, all in existence for more than ten years, organizations that faced similar social, political and economic circumstances.

Being the Boss: the 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

The book is a distillation of Linda Hill’s almost 30 years at Harvard Business School (HBS) where she has studied what effective managers do and how they do it.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

The book is based on the work of a core research team who asked, “What are the crucial differences between intelligence diminishers and intelligence multipliers and what impact does each have on organizations?”

Leading with Passion: Change Management in the 21st Century Museum

Based on her extensive interviews with 42 directors of international art museums, Dr. Suchy describes a four-part leadership model that could apply equally to all cultural organizations.

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

In the chapter, “The Transition Challenge: Moving from One System of Values to Another,” Dean Williams outlines the necessary steps in orchestrating a transition.

Leadership and the Psychology of Turnarounds

This short article provides managers with a quick look at methods that can be used both restoratively and preventatively to create an open, respectful and productive organizational culture.

Public Service, Advocacy and Institutional Transformation

A provocative post by Nina Simon on Musuem 2.0 discussing the role of museums (or…

Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

Eli Pariser, the former Executive Director of MoveOn.org and their current Board Chair, highlights the hidden and growing impact of online filters on Google, Facebook, and throughout the internet in this TED video.

How leadership matters: The effects of leaders’ alignment on strategy implementation

A short research publication about how leaders influence the implementation of strategic initiatives and the…

Faith, Hope and Charities

An interesting article on the relationship of trust between charities and the public.

What are the elements of a successful visitor experience?

Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford, discusses the key elements necessary to build a great visitor experience — from resources and research to curriculum and web presence.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford, discusses the importance of a passionate leader, a deep knowledge of the organization and a clearly communicated plan when leading an organization through change.

The Challenges of Cultural Leadership

In this keynote address delivered at the Bolz Center Collegium, NAS President and CEO, Russell Willis Taylor explores the unique leadership demands of cultural enterprise.

To Get Paid What You’re Worth, Know Your Disruptive Skills

An interesting thought on what you’re selling (and therefore emphasizing) to your organization. Are you trumpeting the right things?

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Kenneth Fischer, former President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, shares his experience leading change at UMS and stresses the importance of getting smart, experienced, passionate people involved and staying out of their way.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Julie Stapf, Director of Marketing for the Hartford Stage Company, discusses the importance of building an environment of trust and fostering a sense of ownership when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Joanna Naftali, Executive Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, discusses the challenges of leading change in a small arts organization as a new executive.

How to Translate Training into Results

A brief but interesting note regarding justifying the expense – and evaluating the effectiveness of – leadership development programs.