The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations
Michael M. KaiserCloth: $29.95
This book is a valuable management resource; arts administrators could do worse than emulate Kaiser’s work ethic, boldness of vision and ability to learn from mistakes. Those interested in keeping America’s arts institutions vital ignore his insights at their peril.
To some, there may be a touch of irony: the man who presided over some of the Royal Opera House’s darkest hours has produced a self-help book aimed at pulling failing arts organizations out of trouble. Michael Kaiser’s “The Art of the Turnaround” offers 10 basic rules on how to save failing arts organizations, some of which were learned the hard way in London.
—The Guardian (London)
Kaiser presents a 10-step ... program to save or revive struggling arts organizations. The author’s program is ... practical, and he follows it with a series of case studies in which he works his magic over and over again. ... He offers ... interesting anecdotes, and the portrayal of the logistics of traveling shows deserves particular mention.
(An) extraordinary book that serves as both cautionary tale and practical primer in crisis response. ... Whether you are serving in an entry-level or executive leadership position, from crew chief to executive director, there is much to be learned from in Michael Kaiser’s “The Art of the Turnaround.”
—Theatre Design & Technology
Michael Kaiser has a unique combination of artistic vision and executive talent that makes him one of the most capable leaders in the performing arts. This book tells the story of his impressive leadership. As my brother said in 1960, “The New Frontier for which I campaign in public life can also be a New Frontier for American art,” and he’d be very proud of all that Michael Kaiser has accomplished.
—Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
There can be no one who has had the experience — the expertise — of Michael Kaiser in taking world-class performing arts companies and reinventing them for the 21st century. This is a goldmine.
MICHAEL M. KAISER has had distinguished tenures running the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Royal Opera House, American Ballet Theatre, and the Alvin Ailey organization. He now directs the DeVos Institute of Arts Management Institute at the University of Maryland.