Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
While this blog is not necessarily a qualitative evaluation of any article, I happened to love this one. It highlights a perspective on innovation that can sometimes be overlooked. A perspective, that, as future managers, we need to keep in mind. The idea that geniuses aren’t necessarily the people you hire, but that smart people can be trained to think more inventively, is brilliant. And it seems to be something we are doing ourselves at this very time. We’re examining the arts industry as it stands, assessing the problems, strengths, weaknesses, what works and what doesn’t work. And we’re starting to think about it innovatively; we’re preparing ourselves in every class to think outside the box for how to engage constituencies to the next level. The level that sells tickets, the level that builds audiences and the level that retains them.
Additionally, the idea that diversity can build stronger, more innovative teams is key. Working continuously in organizations that employ all types of people from artists to accountants, teams at arts organizations are perfectly primed to be thinking outside the box. If we follow the lead here and create an internal (and external!) culture for innovation within our own organizations, we may find that it breeds naturally this type of thinking. And it’s this type of thinking that can bring our industry to the next generation.