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The Art of Attachment

ArtPlace America also defines ‘community’ as inherently place-based in their…

You’re Among the Greats

The next time you fail, you will know that you…

Training Today

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Is it all about grit?

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Finding Your Career Strategy

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Identifying Skills

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A Map of Your Mind

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A Career Path Matrix

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

We’ve just wrapped our first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC)…

Julie Rada & Chris Webb: A Conversation

This week we will be featuring conversations with leaders working in communities. Julie…

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’…

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

  Steve Blank wrote an interesting article in the May…

Goldilocks and the Three Bowls of Data

Barring residence under a rock or an other-worldly state of…

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…

Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations

“Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations” David A.…

On leadership: “What to Ask the Person in the Mirror,” Robert Kaplan

Professor Robert S. Kaplan (Harvard Business School) has written a…

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?

My teenage son recently asked me during a conversation about…

In Defense of Logic Models

There has been a great deal of conversation, debate (and…

Collective Impact

As in other nonprofit sectors, most energy and resource in…

Shut Up and Take My Money: Fans Should Hire Artists

We’ve been having some interesting discussions with cultural leaders about…

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

With that helpful and perhaps needed disclaimer out of the…

Charities’ Zero-Sum Filing Game

The minimalist ratings of nonprofit organizations, using overhead and fundraising…

Putting the community in control of programming

A startup company, Tugg, has an interesting take on allowing…

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

How would the world be different if we could get…

Guthrie Theater’s debt to women and diversity

Do nonprofit cultural organizations have a particular responsibility to reach…

Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?

In a recent post on her blog, Jumper, Diane Ragsdale…

3 Ways To Predict What Consumers Want Before They Know It

This brief article from Scott Anthony, of Innosight and the…

Where Good Ideas Come From

Everyone is looking for ways to be more creative and…

The human factor in service design

“The human factor in service design” discusses the importance of…

Why are we still so compelled to experience live performance?

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

Building a New American Theater of the Commons

In “Building a New American Theater of the Commons,” Polly…

Innovation strategy: The Innovator’s Manifesto

Innovation is the hot topic in many arenas: politics, economics,…

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 -…

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

At the risk of piling on the beatification bandwagon, an…

Avoiding Messy Breakups: Merger Lessons for Charities

Avoiding Messy Breakups: Merger Lessons for Charities – Ideas &…

Don’t throw that home run ball back!

A bit of a longer leap than usual, but stick…

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…

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Sustainable performing arts organizations understand their audiences.  Sustainable museums understand…

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,…

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…

Designing for Growth

Jeanne Liedtka has been a hugely successful faculty member of…

Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World

The environment shared by for-profits and nonprofits has remarkable similarities:…

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

Dean Williams is a writer and scholar with significant international…