Kelly Ruggirello, President of the Pacific Chorale in Orange County, California, discusses how to approach organizational change as an opportunity for relationship building with constituents.
Another brief read (I wouldn’t ask you to concentrate at length) on the false economy of multitasking – including the price paid even when offline…and interpersonally.
In this article Clara Miller, President and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, identifies nonprofit best practices and assumptions which have amplified the impact of the economic downturn on many organizatio
Tom Scharf, Executive Director of the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, shares his three critical steps to leading change in an organization.
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.
An interesting look at how a few smart organizations have integrated social media into their work.
A recent study from Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies on constraints on innovation in the NP sector (incl. arts specifically).
This brief highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities, as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering, two vital resources to the nonprofit sector.
A friend in the banking world recently gave me this book, and as we consider why the arts are so essential to healthy societies it makes for interesting reading.
This report, written by the co-chairs of the event, NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor and Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, summarizes the discussions that took place at the Salzburg Global Seminar session.
Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, talks about the effects of increased localism on Australian arts organizations.
Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, discusses the need for vision, patience, and staff alignment and engagement to successfully lead change in an organization.
Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, discusses her views on how Australian arts organizations deal with globalization.
A great resource for board members and staff members to test knowledge and learn more about operating (sometimes called cash) reserves.
Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, talks about what boards should be thinking about when planning for succession.
Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, shares her experience in finding the right person for the job.
Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant, discusses what makes a successful arts executive.
Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, discusses trends in arts organizations.
Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, discusses the importance of organization-wide involvement and buy-in when creating change.
A thought provoking article on business structure.
Assessing its impact as well as its volume will help organizations take better advantage of ‘buzz.’
For those convinced they are adept multi-taskers, a slim line of defense against the prevailing wisdom that it can’t be done.
This podcast features Nina K. Simon, author of The Participatory Museum, and Rob Stein, Chief Information Officer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art discussing how cultural organizations can use social media and social-media-type interactions (such as building a community of interest) to build more robust experiences and relationships.
Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and psychologist Gary Klein debate the power and perils of intuition. An interesting analysis of the role of intuition in decision-making.
Many discussions about the field’s leadership gap focus on two general impressions: there are not enough prospective leaders or there aren’t enough professional development opportunities – but is it that simple?
An interesting article challenging the oft-received wisdom that millenials/gen y need to learn in a fundamentally different manner than their predecessors: “…there may be ‘as much variation within the digital native generation as between the generations.’ ”
Dr. Gary Vikan, Director of The Walters Art Museum, discusses how the creation of a culture of shared responsibility and education enables and reinforces change in an organization.
Peter Jablow, President and CEO of the Levine School of Music, discusses three types of people you may encounter within your organization when leading change and the need for sensitivity and patience to implement change successfully.
Kate Lorenz, Executive Director of Hyde Park Art Center, discusses some of the challenges of leading change in an organization, from negotiating the diverse interests of stakeholders to being deliberate about prioritizing which changes to pursue.
Peter Poulos, Senior Director of Communications and Sales at the Detroit Historical Society, discusses the need for leaders to articulate a clear vision and create an inclusive process to successfully implement change in an organization.
This is a quick video outlining the relationship between customer satisfaction and product design.
A great column that talks about the common organizational bias toward answers rather than questions… even though asking the right questions will ultimately lead to the best answers.
A really interesting interactive feature from McKinsey Quarterly on the cognitive biases that most impact decision-making in organizations
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.
A paper on the role of education in defining the purpose of the arts in society.
An article on the use of design thinking for tackling systemic social problems.
What is the “right” way for not-for-profit professionals to balance their commitment to achieving a vision and their need to care for themselves, their employees, and their families?
This position paper sketches out a system to support career development in our contemporary economy, where careers no longer consist of “climbing the corporate ladder” in a company.
An interesting Q&A in which Harvard Business School Professor Ranjay Gulati describes how companies can evolve through four levels to become more customer-centric.
An interview with Chip Heath on bringing about change in your organization by appealing to more than just logic.
Cheryl Sobas, Head of Exhibitions at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, discusses how education helps staff have a more strategic approach to their work, including increased decision-making, collaboration, and awareness of impact.
Howard Spector, Executive Director of P.S. ARTS, discusses the importance of having the right people, providing learning opportunities, and maintaining mission focus to successfully lead an organization through change.
Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director of the California African American Museum, discusses leading organizations through two types of change – problem-solving in times of crisis and continual assessment and evolution.
Jon Moscone, Artistic Director of the California Shakespeare Theater, shares how his approach to leading change has become increasingly collaborative over the course of his career.
Jocelyn Hale, Executive Director of The Loft Literary Center, discusses the needs for a clear vision and stakeholder engagement when leading change in an organization, especially as a new leader.
Ben Donenberg, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Shakespeare Festival/LA, shares how his approach to leading change has shifted from being unilateral to collaborative over the course of his career.
Terence McFarland, Executive Director of the LA Stage Alliance, discusses how critical listening is to creating a compelling vision and leading an organization successfully through change.
Dr. Michael Hager, President and CEO of the San Diego Natural History Museum, shares his experience leading his organization through a major shift in mission and culture.
Rachel Fine, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, shares her experience leading her board of directors through the development and adoption of explicit board expectations.
Join with us to change the status quo in your community.
Help us build and support a diverse community of cultural leaders who drive inspiring change for the future.