Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Heart, Hustle and Humor

If you have ever wondered about creativity and entrepreneurship, I invite you to listen to Dr. Theresa Ashby interviewing me on her podcast, Heart, Hustle and Humor. Theresa is an entrepreneur whose company, Kaleidoscope Media Services is out to help 100,000 entrepreneurs grow their businesses through e-learning and on-line communities. Her podcast probes what entrepreneurs love doing, how they grow …

Building an Online Classroom Community: Top Strategies for Engaging Students on Zoom

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Last week, I was honored to lead a discussion with Yale University faculty on how to build an online classroom community.  The discussion was sponsored by Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. The Center provides a host of resources to students and faculty.  When Yale had to convert its classes to online learning last spring, the Center was instrumental …

Entrepreneurial Projects in the Time of COVID: Innovation at the Yale School of Music

The COVID pandemic has taken its toll on higher education, with many universities pivoting to the virtual realm.  Notwithstanding the challenges of on-line education, the students in my graduate seminar at the Yale School of Music successfully designed and executed four innovative entrepreneurial projects.  These projects addressed the problem of how to ensure the place of classical music in the …

Energy Management During COVID: 3 Steps to Manage Your Stress

Stress and energy management during the COVID Pandemic are a challenge! We experience stress in many different ways.  It can arise from major life stressors like the COVID pandemic, the passing of a loved one or the loss of a job. Our daily encounters can also give rise to stress. These include feeling overwhelmed with too much to do, facing …

The Coronavirus Pandemic: 5 Questions to Stay Positive Through Challenging Times

The Coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed to our lives.  Social distancing has become the new normal and much of our life is now spent on-line.  Those of us in the education sector are now teaching through Zoom. When Yale School of Music students returned to school last week, they found a very different world. Online teaching for performing artists is …

Authentic Personal Leadership for Arts Leaders: Goal-setting for Leadership Development

Once again, I had the privilege and pleasure to train the mid-career leaders selected for Opera America’s Leadership Intensive 2020. Our work together centers on authentic personal leadership to prepare the participants to step into larger leadership roles. Authentic Personal Leadership Development Curriculum My curriculum focused on how to develop the necessary qualities and skills for taking on larger leadership roles …

Innovative Entrepreneurial Projects: Engaging Today’s Audience Through Classical Music

The focus of this year’s Collaboration and Innovation class at the Yale School of Music was engaging audiences through classical music. We had three project groups exploring different ways to expand the classical music audience using different interactive strategies.  The culmination of these projects was our final class where each group presents its project.  Let’s see how each group tackled the …

Innovation and Feedback: An Essential Step for Entrepreneurial Projects

Why is feedback essential to innovation? Let’s examine how students in my Innovation and Collaboration class at the Yale School of Music are learning this lesson through their semester projects. When we last left the music entrepreneurs , the class had explored the needs of today’s audiences and zeroed in on the problem of how to make classical music more relevant …