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Sovereignty or service
Posted on Thursday October 12, 2017

We often talk about an organization having a mission, as if the organization exists as some separate entity with its own individual will. But increasingly I’m wondering if that attribution hasn’t always been upside-down. Organizations don’t have missions. Missions have organizations. And when change is necessary, it’s important to know which changes which. Of course, […]

Concept Test Kitchen, Episode 1
Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

I’m launching a new experiment with this pilot episode of “Concept Test Kitchen” — a video series presenting interesting frameworks or approaches to arts management (‘recipes for thinking’), so you can share back whether or when they may be useful. Watch below, or on YouTube. And let me know in the comments whether the recipes […]

Defusing beauty
Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

My previous post suggested a multi-layered view of our work in arts organizations, including attention to the nouns of our ‘products’ or ‘outcomes,’ the verbs of our ‘processes’ or ‘practices,’ but also the core ‘source’ or ‘wellspring’ of the work that drives and inspires us. One obvious wellspring for many of us in the arts […]

The shallow breathing of rational management
Posted on Wednesday September 06, 2017

So much of our training, theory, practice, and focus in cultural management has to do with outcomes and processes. When we look to improve how our organizations ‘work’, we tend to chose between ‘making better things’ (the outcomes or products), or ‘making things better’ (the processes that lead to those outcomes). This is not a […]

Four functions/dysfunctions of managers
Posted on Wednesday June 28, 2017

A former professor of mine used to say that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into kinds of people, and those who don’t. Now as a professor myself, I would add a third kind: those who cautiously categorize, but feel bad about it. That would be me. […]

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