Leadership Development for Arts Leaders

I present workshops at leading arts training programs including The Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education) and Opera America, as well as at  AmLaw 100 lawfirms.  All workshops are customized to meet the needs of your particular organization and its leaders. The following are examples of recent workshops for arts leaders:

Take Charge of Your Time:  A Professional Guide to Maximum Productivity and Time Management

This workshop teaches the principles of time management and productivity.  First we examine values and strengths. Then we learn to set values-based goals and priorities. Finally, we learn productivity skills and time management strategies that enable leaders to focus on what is most important and minimize and delegate activities that are not essential to a leader’s own agenda. We end the workshop by learning how to overcome subtle, internal blocks to effective time management.  During the workshop, participants work on their professional and personal goals and priorities and learn how to use their new productivity and time management skills in order to feel more in charge of their time.

The Power of Dynamic Communication

In this workshop, we examine the 4 different communication styles and learn how to use the styles both as a tool to develop one’s personal communication strengths and as a way to communicate more effectively with others.  In the second part, we learn the key skills in being an effective dynamic communicator.  Participants then break into small groups to practice their new skills and use their understanding of communication styles through scenarios and role-playing. In preparation for the workshop, participants complete an assessment of the communication styles so that they know their style and they gain an understanding of how to work with the other 3 styles.

Public Speaking for Arts Leaders

This workshop teaches arts leaders how to engage their constituents and audiences through dynamic public speaking. First, participants tap into their passion for the arts to discover what they most want to share with their audiences. Next, we learn how to craft a great speech. Finally, participants learn how to deliver a compelling speech with opportunities to practice their new skills.

The Leadership Guide to Successful Conflict Management

This is a workshop focusing on the 5 different conflict management styles and the key skills to managing conflict.  In Part I, participants learn about their default conflict management style and how to use the other styles where appropriate.  In Part II, we learn the key skills to being an effective conflict manager.  We then break into small groups to practice these skills and use the best strategy through scenarios and role-playing. In preparation for the workshop, participants complete an assessment of the conflict management styles so that they know their style and they gain an understanding of how to use and work with the other 4 styles.

The Power of Personal Branding

This workshop teaches the power of knowing and using your personal brand in your professional career. We first learn what a brand is and then create a personal brand statement. Participants then formulate their “elevator speeches” and learn how to use their personal brands in their careers.  The workshop concludes with role-playing where participants practice using their brand statements and elevator speeches.

Networking Intensive

In this workshop, we learn the principles of networking and how to go about networking so that it feels safe and authentic.  We also practice our new networking skills through various role-plays.  This workshop works very well with The Power of Personal Branding workshop.

The Empowered Leader

This workshop teaches leaders how to lead authentically and powerfully. We first focus on personal empowerment by creating leadership principles and learning how to leverage strengths for success, as well as use strengths to create successful teams. Next, we focus on the 4 aspects of emotional intelligence along with strategies to develop emotional intelligence. We conclude with how to manage challenges under stress for optimum decision-making and personal empowerment. In preparation for this workshop, participants take a leadership strengths assessment.

Career Planning for Professional Success

In this workshop, we first define the elements of professional success based on each individual’s values, strengths and favorite areas of interest.  We then learn the powerful goal-setting and achievement process whereby participants create their career vision and set their career goals.  Finally, we learn to identify and conquer the principle challenges to career success. Participants come away with a career action plan that we complete together during the workshop.