Ken Fischer: Impresario, Mentor and Mensch

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Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Ken Fischer at Leaders Connect. He shared some stories and leadership lessons. Thanks to Roger Rayle, the entire interview is available on YouTube.

You could also read an interview with Ken from the magazine “chamber music” winter 2016.

Leadership Lessons from Ken Fischer

Ken, who has been the leading impresario in our community for over 30 years, demonstrates excellent leadership competencies. Here are a few of his leadership lessons:

  1. Create memorable experiences
  2. Build lasting relationships: on the stage and off
  3. Care passionately about building a long-term relationships with everyone, including artists, students, staff, audiences and the community
  4. Engage with Innovation in the spirit of exploration
  5. Encourage artistic experimentation
  6. Support community in all ways possible
  7. Find ways to bring young people into the arts
  8. Encourage a wide diversity of voices
  9. Give immediate feedback
  10. Actively introduce people to one another through email and phone calls
  11. Advocate for excellence in performance, in administration and relationship building
  12. Encourage diversity by following the dictate of: “Everybody in, nobody out”
  13. Start big picture and work your way back
  14. Do whatever can be done to deliver the very best customer experience-always go the extra mile and be available at all times
  15. Learn people’s names and introduce people to one another
  16. Endlessly practice being a great listener
  17. Build instant community by introducing everyone around the table to one another
  18. Don’t be afraid to be an operator, as long as you do it respectfully and for the right values

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