Creativity for Music Entrepreneurs Part III: Have Fun with Ideation

Now comes the fun part: ideation! This is the stage of the creativity problem solving process where you generate a lot of wild, crazy ideas in order to come up with an innovative solution to the problem you are solving. When we last left our music entrepreneurs in my Innovation and Collaboration Class at the Yale School of Music, the …

Creativity for Music Entrepreneurs Part II: 3 Steps to Clarify Your Problem

My class on Innovation and Collaboration at the Yale School of Music is designed to teach music entrepreneurs how to innovate by solving a problem near and dear to their hearts in the world of classical music. My students are creative individuals who are eager to do something meaningful with their music.   They also want to come up with solutions that have …

Director of Development

Astrid’s sessions [at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive] were, by far, my favorite. I have always considered myself a fairly self-aware person, but she helped me articulate those qualities and values that matter most to me; taught me how to identify my feelings and behaviors; and challenged my own pre-conceptions of myself. She made me think of myself as …

General Director’s Office, San Francisco Opera

[My favorite sessions at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive were] Astrid’s by far! I really enjoyed her energy and the pace of her sessions. I felt that she gave us tools (such as the to do lists) that will help us apply what we learned immediately. – Claire Padden-Havens, General Directors’ Office, San Francisco Opera

Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano

All of the sessions with Astrid [at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive] were incredibly useful to me because I learned an immense amount about Leadership skills but also about myself….I will certainly apply the lessons learned about myself and my strengths from the sessions with Astrid. – Jennifer Rivera, Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano, Opera America Leadership Intensive …

Operations Manager

I think that I will most often use the skills picked up in Astrid’s session[at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive], and particularly use her concept of letting my core values guide my priorities. I also think I will frequently use her communication style assessments to have a better understanding of the people I interact with at work. – Lydia …

Director of Administration

Astrid’s sessions were my favorite part of the [Opera America 2016 Leadership] intensive. Her sessions were impactful and produced immediate changes in my perceptions about myself as a cultural worker. Also, I was provided with tools through these sessions that I will be able to build on as my career progresses. – Michael Blais, Director of Administration, Manitoba Opera

Know Your Core Values: 4 Tips to Help You Do the Right Thing

I am a big believer in the importance of knowing your core values as a compass for making major decisions. The more that you align with your core values, the clearer you can be when it comes to making choices in one’s career, personal life, relationships and creative activities. This month, I am honored to be featured in an article …