What the Yale Publishing Course Has in Store for Book & Magazine Publishers
What are some crucial leadership challenges in publishing right now you hope to address?
The constant state of disruption and the huge advances in technology have left many people worried about the future. The goal of the program is to help them turn challenges into opportunities and to be better able to lead their staff through change and help them make the transition to an environment in which print and digital coexist. It is crucial that managers are able to motivate their existing staff and know what skills to look for in hiring new staff. They need to know not just what to do right now but, more importantly, how to be more flexible, nimble, and equipped with the knowledge and the skills that will enable them to think about the future in a broader context.
What sessions are you particularly looking forward to?
The thing that has always amazed and delighted me as the curator of the curriculum is that I never really know which sessions will be most inspiring. Because the classroom dynamic is so intense and interactive, a lot depends on how the participants react to what the speakers are saying. Since the Course is limited in size and not open to the public, the speakers are more candid than they might be at other venues. This leads to some wonderfully spontaneous discussions. I ask all speakers to spice up their presentations with personal stories, leaderships tips, and their thoughts about the future. I guess that their responses are what I am looking forward to most.