Dear CultureSource Members,

In the March-April 2019 edition of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), the feature “Educating the Next Generation of Leaders” opens:

"The need for leadership development has never been more urgent. Companies of all sorts realize that to survive in today's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment, they need leadership skills and organizational capabilities different from those that helped them succeed in the past."

That statement is identical—in sentiment—to one we wrote a year ago in our approved request to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for funding in support of cultural sector adaptive leadership programs. 

We felt then—and now—that as reliable channels to success are being continually disrupted, CultureSource needs to increase support of our sector's talent, which includes me encouraging you to regularly design and invest in your own development.

I make this appeal, in part, because CultureSource’s process of recruiting fellows for our 12-month adaptive leadership program (led by EmcArts consultants) revealed that many of our members are neglecting professional and organizational development, citing limited time, cash, or support. Leadership development is a complicated investment: returns for the organization are gradual and fuzzy given that useful management skill development, these days, is not transactional or discipline-focused. As you hustle to find opportunities to grow, I share the suggestions below: 

Find a Cohort
Join or create a small learning community in which you are asked questions that challenge your assumptions, are held accountable for experimentation, and learn through collaboration. 

Invest in Transferring Knowledge
Consider a systematic approach to making your learning sticky: for instance, 24 hours after you encounter a new idea, ask yourself how the new information relates to a life experience within that time period.

Explore Learning Offerings
While not all of the programs below currently have an open application, review their approach and curriculum to guide the design of your own personalized development plan:

As context, the aforementioned HBR article says organizations outside of the cultural sector typically spend $1,500 to $5,000 per person per day on leadership development. Investing in people, in leadership, is one of the most proven indicators for success. 

Oh, and don't forget to register for CultureSource programs too.