Blog Posts for Leadership

Emerging Leaders Salon on ARTSblog!

Posted by Stephanie Hanson, Oct 16, 2009 0 comments

Are the voices of emerging leaders in the arts too loud or not loud enough? The grumblings of both young arts practitioners and discerning seasoned veterans raise a number of important questions: Are we squelching the voices of emerging professionals in the arts field? And are we causing an exodus of committed young talent to leave the field for work in other domains?

For the first time in history there are four generational cohorts in the workplace.  The residual clash of generational perspectives has surfaced a number of undeniable challenges—and opportunities—for arts professionals and organizations. Unlike other industries, the arts sector seems to be struggling particularly hard with the inevitable generational shift in leadership.

Join the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts and the 20UNDER40 anthology for the Emerging Leaders Salon on ARTSblog the week of October 19-23. Nearly 20 diverse arts professionals from across the country will discuss the impending generational shift in arts leadership, the value of emerging leaders to the field, and the necessity of a platform for young arts professionals. We invite you to follow these posts and continue the conversation through your ideas, comments, and personal stories.

  • Are you a young arts leader? Does the field value your creativity, innovation, and professional experience?
  • Are you a veteran arts practitioner? Does this view of the field as an entity unable to let loose the reigns of leadership resonate with you?
  • Is the arts field successful in its attempt to foster young leaders? Is something out of synch with our planning for succession—or is it an unwarranted overdose of arrogance being exercised by those new to the field?
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Why Start a Matching Fund? (from Effective Leadership of a Cause on Facebook blog series)

Posted by MacEwen Patterson, Oct 12, 2009 0 comments

This is an advanced way of attracting people into the vision. When people know they could lose something big they take action.

More people are motivated by what they stand to lose than by what they stand to gain. And your members take the results of their membership in your cause personally. They co-own the accomplishments you create.

That's why sharing the stories with them is sooooo powerful. I'll write more about how often I communicate with my Cause, Keep the Arts In Public Schools, in a future post. For now, let's stay focused on giving.

When I first set a Donor Match, I put $250 of my own money into my "Give" account. I wanted to be sure that I could live up to my end of the bargain. The second time I set a Donor Match, I had no money in there.

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Saving Souls

Posted by Adam Thurman, Oct 10, 2009 2 comments

There's been a bit of talk in the blogosphere lately about how sports have been able to make themselves part of the fabric of mainstream American culture in a way that the arts have not.

In many ways I love the sports comparison, but there is a vital difference between the two that we should discuss. So let's do that and then I'll offer a different industry that I think the arts could learn from.

Part of what sports offer to us is a clear outcome. I know, for a fact that the Chicago Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks a few weeks ago Sunday 25-19. This is our starting point. If I'm talking about the game with anyone in the world, we all can agree on who won the game and who lost.

Now what we can debate in the sports world, and debate endlessly, is why certain things happened during the game and how those things could impact the next game. We can talk about whether the Bears need to run the ball more effectively, or whether the Seahawks have a viable backup quarterback in Seneca Wallace.

But when I call my friend to discuss those things, we both know the context of the discussion. The Bears won. The Seahawks lost. Both teams are trying to do the same thing, win the Super Bowl. Now imagine if I called my friend and we first had to discuss whether the Bears won or lost, or the standards for winning or losing, or whether winning or losing was important in the first place.

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