team seminars

LEading innovation


Business of Arts & Culture

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.

How you will benefit

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 existing practice
  • 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.

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 brought musicians)