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Beyond Financials

How might we, as leaders in the cultural sector, be critical, formative drivers of building the vision for a new economy?

What I Talk About When I Talk About Open (Education)

In late April, NAS attended the Open Education Global Conference 2015 in Banff, Canada. We…

Do you need the matrix?

A board matrix is a tool that methodically attempts to first inventory the needs of an organization at board level, then the alignment between these needs and both current and potential board members.

The Under-Resourced Nonprofit Sector – Crisis or Chimera?

What we do truly mean when we say that we are under-resourced?

Reading List: Hacks

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

Making the Argument for Leadership Development

Linda Wood, Senior Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative at the Evelyn and Walter Haas,…

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything (…or does it?)

  Steve Blank wrote an interesting article in the May Harvard Business Review on “Why…

Developing Transformative Employees and Systems

Editor’s note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature posts around the final convening of…

Goldilocks and the Three Bowls of Data

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

Emerging Leaders and Board Membership: Finding the Right Fit

Fielding Grasty, NAS Director of Programs, shares some tips and advice for emerging leaders interested in gaining governance experience.

Stories from the Field: The Loft Literary Center

The drivers for organizations extending their programming online vary: some pursue new audiences for whom…

Salzburg Global Forum: Some Final Thoughts

We introduced Field Notes as a means of amplifying meaningful conversation. Over the last couple…

Finance au naturel

A wise person* once observed that it isn’t until that the tide goes out that…

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…

Design Thinking Isn’t a Miracle Cure, but Here’s How It Helps

With that helpful and perhaps needed disclaimer out of the way, writer/designer/consultant Helen Waters pens…

Innovation strategy: The Innovator’s Manifesto

A review of Michael Raynor’s book The Innovator’s Manifesto

Creativity! Innovation! Right Brain! I’m sorry, am I making you uncomfortable? Or, why we desire but reject creative ideas.

The gents at Freakonomics point to a fascinating study – and paradox: The irony is…

St. Stevens Day, or, How Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s Dilemma

At the risk of piling on the beatification bandwagon, an interesting post from the good…

Finding Your Funding Model

Peter Kim, Gail Perreault and William Foster of the Bridgespan Group argue organizations often have a clearer vision of what their programs will be in five years than of the funding that will support them. They offer a road map for leaders seeking to develop appropriate funding models for their organizations.

The Innovator’s DNA, or More Disruption

What do you think? Can innovation be learned? Does it flow from the individual to the organization? Does it require staggering genius?

Who Is Governing Whom? Senior Managers, Governance and the Structure of Generosity in Large U.S. Firms

Interesting new research from Christopher Marquis and Matthew Lee at Harvard Business School on key structural drivers of corporate philanthropy, including gender, CEO tenure, and board structure.

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.

A New Type of Hybrid

A comparison of the nonprofit and commercial models, and the introduction of a hybrid that may be more appealing.

“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…

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.

The Lowdown on Arts Downloading

Is your organization making its performances available outside your ‘regular’ venues? Do you think this will bring new audiences into your venue…or just let them see your work from afar?

Faith, Hope and Charities

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

RSA Animate – Extraordinary ’21st Century Enlightenment’

From the RSA in London, a gaggle of animated videos from their public events series.

The biology of business: Homo administrans

An interesting article on the science of management

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 to Translate Training into Results

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

Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price

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.

Nonprofits, Innovation, and Performance Measurement: Separating Fact from Fiction

A recent study from Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies on constraints on innovation in the NP sector (incl. arts specifically).

A new way to measure word-of-mouth marketing

Assessing its impact as well as its volume will help organizations take better advantage of ‘buzz.’

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.

Strategic decisions: When can you trust your gut?

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.

Monitor: The net generation, unplugged

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.’ ”

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.