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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Deborah Rutter. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Deborah Rutter, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Deborah Rutter. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Deborah Rutter, often where they are interviewed.

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Managing Creativity - Deborah Rutter, President, John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts

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"You have to give up a little bit of control in that (creative) process....it is an iterative process and allowing people to be as creative and crazy as you possibly could imagine and then noticing when there was really a fantastic moment that we all had to say, 'Ah-ha! that's it, let's go there.'"

Deborah Rutter on Green Connections Radio

As we cope with complete upheaval in our lives and work due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to step back, take a breath, and find creative ways forward.  But how?

Some of us are naturally creative, others of us are managers and leaders, needing to elicit and nurture creative ideas from our teams.  But how? Listen to this enlightening and inspiring conversation between Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson and a master at doing this: Deborah Rutter, President of The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for The Performing Arts, the nation’s premier arts center.


You'll hear:

  • How Rutter successfully elicits and nurtures creative people, helping them bring forth their best ideas and solutions.
  • About Rutter’s secret weapon to managing for creativity: “listening for understanding, compassion and beyond…”
  • Why patience, “waiting and letting an idea simmer” without controlling the process is so important – even in a world driven by instant feedback… and how it birthed their “Sound health” initiative with a renowned musical star.
  • Why ROI – return on impact – with a focus on fulfilling your mission is a better metric than a focus on dollars.
  • And great career advice too!

Read my Forbes blog about my interview with Deborah too.            

“My special talent is, I work hard…I talk about this with my daughter all the time…I’m persistent and I work really hard. If you keep working hard, if you think about other people probably more than you think about yourself, you will have opportunities. ”

Deborah Rutter on Green Connections Radio podcast

You may also like:

  • Courtney Bickert, comedienne and consultant who uses comedy to drive innovative ideas with various industries.
  • Ingrid Daubechies, “Genius” awardee, Duke University professor, whose work you probably use every day.
  • Angela Duckworth, Author of “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance,” TED Talk superstar, and Univ. of Pennsylvania professor
  • Angela Dutton, “Genius” awardee, and sea-level rise “detective.”
  • Hire the Outliers: What Else We Can Learn From Megan Rapinoe”: my Forbes blog on hiring for creativity and innovation.

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Mar 20 2020 · 45mins
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Recode Decode: Deborah Rutter

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Deborah Rutter, the president of Washington, DC's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the Center's new free immersive learning spaces, REACH, which offer visitors the chance to participate in and look behind the scenes of many kinds of performances. Rutter also discusses how technology has impacted the public's relationship with art and education, why issues like cell phone addiction aren't a big threat to the Kennedy Center's shows, and how tech itself could become part of the artistic experience. Plus: Can art bridge the red-blue dividie, and what will the Kennedy Center look like in 50 years?


Deborah Rutter (@KenCenPrez), president, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (@kencen)


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Deborah Rutter on running the Kennedy Center

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Deborah Rutter, the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, spoke with Women Rule about how she deals with the political overtones that come with art, her mission to make sure all children in America have art as part of their school curriculum, and why she doesn’t find the fundraising that’s part of her job so difficult.

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Deborah Rutter on how the Kennedy Center is much more than "the honors"

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Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, talks about installing the performing arts center's first artistic director for hip hop to the challenges of being the local performing arts center for the nation's capital.
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Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 2 of 2 (Critical Thinking)

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Andrew shares the second hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Rutter leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September.

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