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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 do organizations create partnerships between education and the arts?

Kenneth Fischer, President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, talks about his organization’s experience working with its academic neighbor to create more engaging and meaningful performances.

How do arts organizations engage diverse communities?

Kenneth Fischer, President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, discusses his experiences building understanding and partnerships with the local Arab American community.

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 do boards of directors add value to nonprofit organizations?

Dr. Rob Wiltbank of Willamette University talks about the importance of a board’s point of view for nonprofit organizations.

How do boards of directors add value to nonprofit organizations?

Dr. Warren Boeker of the University of Washington talks about the importance of clarity of the board’s role and useful performance metrics in nonprofit organizations.

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 his organization?

Michael Stotts, Managing Director of the Hartford Stage Company, discusses the importance of transparency and consensus-building when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Patricia Walker, Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, discusses the importance of getting the right people behind an idea and getting staff buy-in when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Susan Broad, Executive Director of DuPage Children’s Museum, discusses the importance of transparency, trust and working with staff when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Alison Segebarth, Director of Marketing for DuPage Children’s Museum, discusses the importance of communication, flexibility and momentum when leading an organization through change.

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?

What’s an organization for?

With many folks talking about the need for new business models to make arts organizations more sustainable, The Artful Manager’s Andrew Taylor takes the discussion a bit further.

How should arts organizations react to the decline in arts education?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, suggests that the current arts education debate is missing the opportunity to make real change.

What are the effects of professionalism in the arts?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, discusses how arts organizations have become trapped into focusing on the process of making art rather than the art itself.

How does the prevalence of social media effect arts organizations?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, talks about how arts organizations should be thinking of social media.

How do arts organizations build a meaningful community?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, talks about arts organizations’ need to support the vital role the audience plays in “completing the act of art.”

What is the most important trend in the arts and culture field?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, talks about how the relationship people want to have with art is changing.

Has the existing nonprofit model outlived its usefulness?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, discusses the changing landscape for commercial and nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

Advocating for Arts in the Classroom

Mark Bauerlein has made a truly splendid argument for the real and important intrinsic value of the arts in our education system.

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

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

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Steven Johnson is an amazing thinker and this book raises intriguing questions for how cultural programming might be designed in the future.

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.

Mapping Business Models

This post introduces an interesting, knowledge-game approach to understanding and developing an organization’s strategic direction. It includes a mapping tool and suggestions for how to create a team session which can be focused in any number of ways.

If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more

A post on the choice facing so many arts and cultural organizations today- whether to change to continue to be relevant.

What’s a Children’s Chorus Leader to Do?

A case study on board leadership and organizational growth, featuring a response by NAS CEO Gail Crider.

How does the Pro-Am Revolution affect arts organizations?

Ian David Moss, Research Director for Fractured Atlas, discusses the effects of the rise of professional amateurs on arts organizations.

What is the Pro-Am Revolution?

Ian David Moss, Research Director for Fractured Atlas, talks about the rise in people pursuing amateur activities to professional standards.

How does mapping a community’s cultural assets benefit the arts and culture field?

Ian David Moss, Research Director for Fractured Atlas, talks about the benefits of a macro view of an arts community.

What is a cultural asset map?

Ian David Moss, Research Director for Fractured Atlas, discusses his work on the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

A fascinating animated talk by Daniel Pink about the surprising things that do (and don’t) motivate people.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Rebecca Hunter, Executive Producer of the Redmoon Theater in Chicago, discusses her experience leading drastic change in the face of a cash-flow crisis.

Will the recession mean theatre takes fewer risks?

As an arts leader, how do you balance financial and creative risks?

Diane Ragsdale on Surviving the Cultural Change (Version 4.0)

This transcript is of Diane Ragsdale’s keynote “Surviving the Cultural Change (Version 4.0)” at the Arts Alliance Illinois Members’ Meeting on June 21, 2010. In this speech she challenges arts organizations to adapt to the cultural changes that have been taking place.

How Can You Attract New Audiences Without Alienating Your Base?

Nina Simon discusses difficult decision making with visitor experiences on her blog Museum 2.0.

A Social Competitiveness Index

A global discussion to define and track the things that make a society capable of social innovation.

Unlocking the elusive potential of social networks

We often hear arts leaders asking about how to use social media. This McKinsey Quarterly article offers a good frame for looking at social media.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Mike Yankovich, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver, shares his insights about how a leader can motivate and build consensus when leading change.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Edward Nichols, President and CEO of History Colorado, discusses the need for a clear vision and staff involvement to create change in his organization.

The Limits of Nonprofit Impact – HBS Working Paper

This working paper argues that while performance measurement is a helpful management tool, it is not always appropriate to focus on impacts depending on the scale and scope of an organization’s activities and theory of change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Erin Elman, Dean of Continuing Studies at The University of the Arts, discusses the need to build consensus, use data to inform decisions and accept mistakes when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Barbara Ceiga, Vice President of Public Operations at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, discusses the need to get the staff aligned with directional change to successfully effect 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.

There Are No Crises, Only Tough Decisions

In this keynote address delivered at the joint annual conferences of Chorus America and The League of American Orchestras, Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies, explores the extraordinary opportunities that arts organizations have today.

How to Translate Training into Results

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

Agnes Gund: Taking the Arts Seriously

The piece reminds one that the construct of “the arts” marginalizes artistic and creative activity. It makes the end product the focus of attention, rather than the role artistic activity is playing in society, the process of creating and participating in art, and the affect on people engaged through the work.

How to Save the News

An article on the future of journalism.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Jessica Deutsch, Marketing and Publicity Manager for Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis, discusses the importance of engaging the collective wisdom of an organization’s staff when leading an organization through change.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Greg Carpenter, General Director of Opera Colorado, discusses the value of anchoring change to a strong, articulated vision.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Linda Hafer, Executive Director of The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, shares her insights about building consensus when implementing change in an organization.