Insights on the Art of Driving Performance and Innovation


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"How do you measure the impact of the performing arts on an individual, or a community?" Harvard Business School's Drive Nonprofit Performance and Innovation program wanted to know.

Annabelle Cloutier, head of strategy, communications, and corporate governance at Canada's National Arts Center, answered that question in a blog post about the program's six-day online course, which focused on measuring impact and innovation in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

"Through six days of focused collaboration and learning, I gained invaluable insights into personal leadership philosophies, encouraging a humble and open mindset, while striving to be innovative and entrepreneurial," she writes.

"We learned to emphasize the importance of our Question Zero (what are we all trying to accomplish here?) and to ask 'why' repeatedly, challenging assumptions, and reframing traditional approaches to problem-solving," she continues.

The program "provided a unique space for reflection and analysis, essential for redefining strategies and leadership roles in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector," she writes.

"I gained invaluable insights into personal leadership philosophies, encouraging a humble and open mindset, while striving to be innovative and entrepreneurial," she continues.

"We learned to emphasize the importance of our Question Zero (what are we all trying to accomplish here?) and to ask

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