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The Art of Attachment

ArtPlace America also defines ‘community’ as inherently place-based in their 4 principles of successful creative…

You’re Among the Greats

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

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.

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

Failure or Success: What are we more afraid of? A Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Conversation

Photo by Martin Fisch via Flickr This week, we are sharing some of the inspiring…

Reading List: Hacks

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

Comments We Can’t Ignore

This week, a guest column by Robert Reich entitled “What ‘charity’ should really mean” appeared on the Christian…

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

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

Goldilocks and the Three Bowls of Data

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

Training ourselves to see the invisible gorilla

A recent study found that we only find what we are trained to look for. What does this mean for arts and culture leaders?

Handmaking America

National Arts Strategies is an apolitical organization, so this review about an unashamedly liberal and…

Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations

“Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations” David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius…

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…

About the collection

Twenty-one articles on leadership that the Getty Leadership Institute and NAS have identified specifically for busy arts and cultural professionals.

Can brainstorming be an effective tool in building a culture of collaboration and innovation?

Sutton and Hargadon examine how and why an organization, in this case, IDEO, uses brainstorming sessions. They’ve modified the criteria in Hackman’s effectiveness model to include three factors to consider when using brainstorming as a significant process in your organization.

In Defense of Logic Models

There has been a great deal of conversation, debate (and informational video) around logic models…

Collective Impact

As in other nonprofit sectors, most energy and resource in our sector is focused on…

Shut Up and Take My Money: Fans Should Hire Artists

We’ve been having some interesting discussions with cultural leaders about the relevance of cultural organizations…

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…

Charities’ Zero-Sum Filing Game

The minimalist ratings of nonprofit organizations, using overhead and fundraising ratios, are deeply flawed. Are…

Putting the community in control of programming

A startup company, Tugg, has an interesting take on allowing the community to “pull-through” programming…

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

How would the world be different if we could get all of our donors to…

Guthrie Theater’s debt to women and diversity

Do nonprofit cultural organizations have a particular responsibility to reach into and represent all parts of the community?  Does the benefit of nonprofit status require us to take more risks than commercial theatre?

Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?

Diane Ragsdale shares an excerpt from her keynote address on the topic, “Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?” from the Opera Europa conference in February.

3 Ways To Predict What Consumers Want Before They Know It

This brief article from Scott Anthony, of Innosight and the author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It, looks at consumer needs and innovation opportunities.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Everyone is looking for ways to be more creative and make organizations more innovative. In…

The human factor in service design

“The human factor in service design” discusses the importance of understanding what truly motivates your…

Why are we still so compelled to experience live performance?

We’ve all heard about the TED videos, but there’s also a section of the TED…

Building a New American Theater of the Commons

In “Building a New American Theater of the Commons,” Polly Carl and Vijay Matthew of…

Innovation strategy: The Innovator’s Manifesto

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

Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

The book is intended to be a guidebook for leading nonprofit organizations rather than a handbook of nonprofit leadership or management.

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…

Avoiding Messy Breakups: Merger Lessons for Charities

In tough economic times, more and more nonprofits consider mergers. This can be a good move for organizations sliding into the red, such as Virginia Ballet Theatre mentioned in the article.

Don’t throw that home run ball back!

Baseball fans have taken to throwing back home runs hit by the opposing team, a practice this author decries as “the worst tradition in baseball.” This article on the trend made me think about one of the challenges we face every day in arts and culture.

Managing the Arts: Leadership and Decision Making under Dual Rationalities

The dual functions of guiding artistic or educational activities and an organization’s administration fosters structural complexity, competing sets of goals, multiple stakeholder claims and values in some tension with one another.

Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe

Making change in communities requires civic capacity. Power is wielded not only by elected politicians,…

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Sustainable performing arts organizations understand their audiences.  Sustainable museums understand their visitors. Audiences and visitors…

The Marketization of the Nonprofit Sector: Civil Society at Risk?

In this journal article, authors Elkenberry and Drapal Kluver examine the threat that “marketization” poses to democracy and citizenship.

Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits

In order to discuss strategy intelligently in the nonprofit sector, we must first understand what…

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

A short read—an essay really—this piece adapts the principles of Good to Great to the nonprofit sector.

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization

Airport bookstores are filled with the latest answers from management gurus. None have enjoyed anything…

Designing for Growth

Jeanne Liedtka has been a hugely successful faculty member of the Getty Leadership Institute’s flagship…

Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World

The environment shared by for-profits and nonprofits has remarkable similarities: a global economy afflicted with…

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

Dean Williams is a writer and scholar with significant international experience (he served for five…

The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation

The chapter “Pain” from Robert Grudin’s book approaches leadership and innovation from a rarely-discussed perspective.…