Finding Your Career Strategy

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

Identifying Skills

Trying to determine what your strengths and weakness are as you assess the next step or new step in your career? When making a change to this degree, we can often take for granted our most powerful skills.

A Map of Your Mind

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

A Career Path Matrix

An easy to implement matrix that can help you determine where your personal objectives are best met when it comes to making career decisions

Failure or Success: What are we more afraid of? A Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Conversation

Photo by Martin Fisch via Flickr This week, we are sharing some of the inspiring…

Reading List: Hacks

The brains behind IDEO offer three quick creativity challenges to help you in getting unstuck.

Goldilocks and the Three Bowls of Data

Barring residence under a rock or an other-worldly state of bliss, it is unlikely that…

Training ourselves to see the invisible gorilla

A recent study found that we only find what we are trained to look for. What does this mean for arts and culture leaders?

Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations

“Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations” David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius…

Can brainstorming be an effective tool in building a culture of collaboration and innovation?

Sutton and Hargadon examine how and why an organization, in this case, IDEO, uses brainstorming sessions. They’ve modified the criteria in Hackman’s effectiveness model to include three factors to consider when using brainstorming as a significant process in your organization.

Orchestras at the Cross Roads

Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, provides a clear-eyed view…

A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Making Complex Decisions

Giving our minds time to process information when not consciously focused on the decision facing us can result in better outcomes, especially for more complex decisions.

Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide

Creativity is not a trait reserved for the lucky few. By immersing your people in unexpected environments, confronting ingrained orthodoxies, using analogies, and challenging your organization to overcome difficult constraints, you can dramatically boost their creative output—and your own.

“That’s the Way We (Used to) Do Things Around Here”

An article exploring the cognitive barriers at the individual level to change and suggest a more effective way to work with the brain’s wiring rather than against it.

Business has much to learn from the arts

A wry, brief paean to the arts and what the world of business has to…

Take Back Your Attention

In this post, Tony Schwartz gives some helpful hints for maintaining focus.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest “burning platform” memo

This post very clearly illustrates a wonderful formula for change taught at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan: Discomfort x Vision x First step = Change

Stop Blaming Your Culture

The authors argue one is most likely to succeed using an organization’s existing culture to help change behaviors in the shorter-term. These behaviors can in turn change the culture in the longer run.

Outcome vs Process Oriented Thinking

Research on decision making in consumer behavior, perhaps with broader implications for nonprofits.


The book is divided into short segments with titles such as “Workaholism” and “Reasons to quit” and one of my favorites, “Emulate chefs.” So, if you need a break from the holiday food frenzy or from your great stack of reading, try this book.

Ditch Performance Reviews? How About Learn to do Them Well?

This article highlights some of the challenges to productive performance reviews as well as suggestions for how to overcome them.

Managing Under Complexity: Where is Einstein When You Really Need Him?

An interesting article on how we think about complex situations.

The biology of business: Homo administrans

An interesting article on the science of management

The Zombie Workplace Survival Guide

Just in time for Halloween, the Harvard Business Review blog offers tips for combating the four contagions that create a zombie workplace — “where creative people and good ideas disturbingly molder.”

What Can Baseball Tell the Nonprofit World About Measures and Measurement?

A fresh look at empirically driven outcome measures; from the “moneyball” guys. What do you think of the lessons they take away from the example?

Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice

A workbook designed to help organizations assess and strengthen their governance practices.

Why Bosses Ought to Be More Interested in What is True Than What is New

With the ever-increasing temptation to focus on what’s new, it’s important to remember that most of our challenges (and their solutions) are not so new.

The New Work of the Nonprofit Board

This article describes how to leverage the collective knowledge and networks of your board of directors so they are able to provide your organization with the strategic direction and support it needs.

Motivated Multitasking: How the Brain Keeps Tabs on Two Tasks at Once

For those convinced they are adept multi-taskers, a slim line of defense against the prevailing wisdom that it can’t be done.

Start With Why, Simon Sinek

I recently heard Simon speak at a Dance NYC conference, and his book is as good a review of the importance of mission (although that’s not what it is about) as any I have ever read. You can watch him on TEDx and get a taste of his thinking.

Making Emotional Case for Change: Interview with Chip Heath

An interview with Chip Heath on bringing about change in your organization by appealing to more than just logic.

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