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Field Notes

These articles were originally featured on Field Notes, National Arts Strategies' ArtsJournal blog where we mine, distill and contextualize ideas; provide frameworks that anyone can use; and offer everyone in the field the opportunity to discuss the underlying issues.

You’re Among the Greats

The next time you fail, you will know that you are never alone. You’re among creative…

Being a Team Leader

It can be a difficult time of navigating emotions, goals, and setbacks. Now, picture how…

A Design Thinking Frame of Mind

Gain Empathy: Reflect Gain Empathy: Dig Deeper Reframe: Infer Insights Reframe: Set A Goal Creation:…

C’mon Celebrate!

Although not all failures are productive, in fact, we’d reason to say that none of…

On Failure and Fun

In this video, Beth Kanter, discusses the prominent resistance to using failure in the nonprofit sector…

When You Might Want to Worry

It’s day four of our journey in the land of failure. To date, the news has…

Complex Problem? Fail Your Way to a Solution.

1. “You have to cast a wide net” 2. “’Practice failing” in a safe space’”…

The Story Behind Toy Story

Why are Pixar’s movies such a huge success? Creative successes might be more related to…

10 Reasons We Fail

There are a myriad of reasons that we fail, from plain bad luck to miscommunication…

Fail Better

Whenever possible, take on specific projects. Make detailed promises about what success looks like and…

What is failure?

What is failure? How do you define it? Is it really the worst thing that…

Training Today

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

Is it all about grit?

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

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.

Business Model You

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

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

Designing Your Life

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

The Definition Game

As leaders of organizations, it is essential that we not only uphold the values of…

A peek into Zappos

Wait. There’s more on Zappos. We told you it was a favorite. In January, Tim Cynova,…

Zappos: Testing for Core Values

We can’t have a conversation about values without mentioning Zappos. They’re one of our favorite examples.…

Core Values & Cupcakes

An Ideation Summit is a process that transforms stakeholders with divergent interests into collaborators. It…

Marginal Thinking & Our Personal Boundaries

Clayton Christensen eloquently takes the conventional business idea of marginal thinking and applies it to personal…

Values: A Part of the Everyday

Our personal values relate to decisions we make every day. Even the most mundane according…

Do Your Values Actually Mean Something?

In this Harvard Business Review article, Patrick M. Lencioni discusses how constructing organizational core values…

Arguing for the Arts in Contemporary Society

Think about the folks in your community. Think about what they will do tonight. There…

Everyone’s a Potential Partner: Building Value Together

In this video Laura Zabel shares how she is energized by what’s possible and how looking at opportunities through this frame has opened up resources for Springboard.

Extreme Users: Look Outside the Everyday Audience Member

We’re talking about advocacy for the arts over the next few days. Specifically, what’s our…

If Our Value Were Self-Evident Would We Need Advocates?

You cannot talk about arts advocacy without bringing up the instrumental value of the arts.…

Laurelin Kruse & Rachel Reynolds Luster: A Conversation

This week we will be featuring conversations with leaders working in communities. Laurelin Kruse and Rachel Reynolds Luster…