Now that I am managing two significant leadership positions at CSN’s Performing Arts Center, I am so grateful for the training I received in the graduate program on organizational management to help with the development of strategies and systems to manage my time optimally. What I learned from the research I conducted during my studies, is that strategic management plays an important role in determining outcomes and devising tactics to achieve goals. In addition to my responsibilities as Publications Writer, I am also now tending to the day-to-day activities of maintaining operational functions as the Managing Director at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This means scheduling staff and event productions; drawing and negotiating contracts for new vendors; ordering necessary products to maintain operations, making arrangements for repairs, and engaging in a variety of tasks to maintain a fully operational performing arts enterprise,in addition to finding time to create press releases, reach out to media and various departmental heads to discuss, produce, and schedule a variety of promotional and advertising campaigns to support upcoming events. Needless to say, time management and devising effective strategies are essential components to achieve positive outcomes in all aspects of the PAC’s business operations.
During my research work in grad school, some of which I compiled into accelerated learning e-books that are now available for sale at amazon.com and audible.com, I discovered that the learning process is a significant element in organizational management. To achieve successful outcomes, top performers in leadership positions will implement strategic planning to minimize obstacles by detecting, analyzing, and correcting errors to deal with them more readily, consistently, and effectively. In my e-book, the Mission of Corporate Strategic Behavior (soon available in audiobook format), I examine how capturing knowledge and using it effectively can be a highly successful strategy in achieving organizational goals (Berry, 2014). In other words I discovered that the most effective company leaders understand that actionable knowledge is an important component in running an organization efficiently. So now I that I find myself assigned in an important leadership position, I am looking at all of my research and training in organizational management to help me achieve successful outcomes at the PAC.
Currently, I am in the forming and norming stages and am focused on collecting useful artifacts and important data to help me devise the most effective strategies to keep the PAC operating efficiently. As the Interim Managing Director, I am looking to maintain or set up different systems, so that staff members and I can continue to operate at full capacity, as well as help maintain a competitive edge in our marketplace by understanding it clearly, in addition to anticipating new trends and changes that may occur. Organizational management strategist Mary Coulter (2010) points out that when an organization has a weak presence in their industry, it makes it difficult to achieve positive outcomes (Coulter, 2010). Therefore, implementing strategies like situation analysis is imperative at this time to keep the PAC running smoothly.
Well that’s a wrap for this post. On Friday we will take a closer look at various issues that can lead to the breakdown of cohesive units and the role effective leadership plays in a time of transition, like the one I find myself in the middle of presently. Until then keep a positive attitude and stay organized! It’s full steam ahead!
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu
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