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They Told Me Not to Take that Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center

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    Reynold Levy(Author)
When Reynold Levy became the new president of Lincoln centre in 2002,New York Magazinedescribed the situation he walked in to asa community in deep distress, riven by conflict." Ideas for the redevelopment of Lincoln centre's artistic facilities and public spaces required spending more than 1.2 billion, but there was no clear pathway for how to raise that kind of unprecedented sum. The individual resident organizations that were the key constituents of Lincoln centre,the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Juilliard School, and eight others,could not agree on a common capital plan or fundraising course of action. Instead, intramural rivalries and disputes filled the vacuum.Besides, some of those organizations had daunting problems of their own. Levy tells the inside story of the demise of the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera's need to use as collateral its iconic Chagall tapestries in the face of mounting operating losses, and the New York Philharmonic's dalliance with Carnegie Hall.Yet despite these and other challenges, Levy and the extraordinary civic leaders at his side were able to shape a consensus for the physical modernization of the sixteen-acre campus and raise the money necessary to maintain Lincoln centre as the country's most vibrant performing arts destination. By the time he left, Lincoln centre had prepared itself fully for the next generation of artists and audiences. They Told Me Not to Take That Jobis more than a memoir of life at the heart of one of the world's most prominent cultural institutions. It is also a case study of leadership and management in action. How Levy and his colleagues triumphantly steered Lincoln centre,through perhaps the most tumultuous decade of its history to a startling transformation,is fully captured in his riveting account.

"Reynold Levy has a rare blend of talents, all of which are on display in this compelling book, a memoir that is neither self-reverential nor full of false pieties. There is no bitterness, but there is surprising candor. Prominent people should be shamed, including those who nearly ran great cultural institutions into the ground. The lessons to be extracted could fuel an entire curriculum at the Harvard Business School, or a Department of Psychology." -Ken Auletta, bestselling author and writer for "The New Yorker" "Reynold Levy led the 21st century transformation of Lincoln Center and his depiction of that undertaking is incisive, fresh and entertaining. "They Told Me Not to Take That Job" is brilliant and highly readable. Anyone who cares about how great cultural organizations operate and grow must read Levy's masterful account." -David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group "The qualities that Reynold Levy marshals in this book are the very ones that transformed Lincoln Center, and before that, the International Rescue Committee and the 92nd Street Y. Strategic vision, fearless execution, attention to revealing detail, relentless zest...Levy takes us on an inspiring personal journey brimming with passion, wisdom, generosity and nimble humor. We are treated to a celebration of the arts, an illuminating inside story, an ode to the city of New York and a meditation on leadership. Like any prized work of art, it both captivates and stimulates. I am telling everyone not to miss this tour de force." -Winston Lord, Former US Ambassador to China and Chair Emeritus, International Rescue Committee"Sure to make waves in the genteel world of New York's elite cultural institutions, where foes tend to exchange air kisses in public and keep their battles private. Mr. Levy's willingness to name names may not quite reach you'll-never-eat-lunch-in-this-town-again levels but could make for some awkward encounters at the chic Lincoln Ristorante." -"The New York Times" "Reynold Levy has a rare blend of talents, all of which are on display in this compelling book, a memoir that is neither self-reverential nor full of false pieties. There is no bitterness, but there is surprising candor. Prominent people should be shamed, including those who nearly ran great cultural institutions into the ground. The lessons to be extracted could fuel an entire curriculum at the Harvard Business School, or a Department of Psychology." -Ken Auletta, bestselling author and writer for "The New Yorker" "Reynold Levy led the 21st century transformation of Lincoln Center and his depiction of that undertaking is incisive, fresh and entertaining. "They Told Me Not to Take That Job" is brilliant and highly readable. Anyone who cares about how great cultural organizations operate and grow must read Levy's masterful account." -David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group "The qualities that Reynold Levy marshals in this book are the very ones that transformed Lincoln Center, and before that, the International Rescue Committee and the 92nd Street Y. Strategic vision, fearless execution, attention to revealing detail, relentless zest...Levy takes us on an inspiring personal journey brimming with passion, wisdom, generosity and nimble humor. We are treated to a celebration of the arts, an illuminating inside story, an ode to the city of New York and a meditation on leadership. Like any prized work of art, it both captivates and stimulates. I am telling everyone not to miss this tour de force." -Winston Lord, Former US Ambassador to China and Chair Emeritus, International Rescue CommitteeSure to make waves in the genteel world of New York s elite cultural institutions, where foes tend to exchange air kisses in public and keep their battles private. Mr. Levy s willingness to name names may not quite reach you ll-never-eat-lunch-in-this-town-again levels but could make for some awkward encounters at the chic Lincoln Ristorante. "The New York Times"Levy, with his persuasive and owlish mien, proved to be the administrative virtuoso Lincoln Center had been waiting for. No need to take his word for it. Just walk around. The campus today is what he and architect Elizabeth Diller said it would be, only busier, more open, more glamorous, more comfortable and more fun. If the renovation [of Lincoln Center] were a movie, its credit roll would run for 20 minutes, but it would be fair to call it a Reynold Levy production. "Vulture"Reynold Levy has a rare blend of talents, all of which are on display in this compelling book, a memoir that is neither self-reverential nor full of false pieties. There is no bitterness, but there is surprising candor. Prominent people should be shamed, including those who nearly ran great cultural institutions into the ground. The lessons to be extracted could fuel an entire curriculum at the Harvard Business School, or a Department of Psychology. Ken Auletta, bestselling author and writer for "The New Yorker" "Reynold Levy led the 21st century transformation of Lincoln Center and his depiction of that undertaking is incisive, fresh and entertaining. "They Told Me Not to Take That Job" is brilliant and highly readable. Anyone who cares about how great cultural organizations operate and grow must read Levy s masterful account." David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group "The qualities that Reynold Levy marshals in this book are the very ones that transformed Lincoln Center, and before that, the International Rescue Committee and the 92nd Street Y. Strategic vision, fearless execution, attention to revealing detail, relentless zest...Levy takes us on an inspiring personal journey brimming with passion, wisdom, generosity and nimble humor. We are treated to a celebration of the arts, an illuminating inside story, an ode to the city of New York and a meditation on leadership. Like any prized work of art, it both captivates and stimulates. I am telling everyone not to miss this tour de force." Winston Lord, Former US Ambassador to China and Chair Emeritus, International Rescue CommitteeEssential reading for all who need to know how not to sail a ship into a storm. "Slipped Disc"""New York Times" bestsellerThe most entertaining passages of the book chronicle the indefatigably upbeat Levy s fight to get a tangled web of stakeholders onboard with the project. He is unafraid to name the names of those who fought against the redevelopment [of Lincoln Center] at the beginning and he is refreshingly candid about what he perceives as the misguided policies of some of Lincoln Center s constituent organizations. it attests to the energy of his account and to the passion of his diagnoses of the Center s persistent, if alleviated, ills, that he pushes the reader into the future, projecting new problems and envisioning solutions. "New York Times Book Review"Sure to make waves in the genteel world of New York s elite cultural institutions, where foes tend to exchange air kisses in public and keep their battles private. Mr. Levy s willingness to name names may not quite reach you ll-never-eat-lunch-in-this-town-again levels but could make for some awkward encounters at the chic Lincoln Ristorante. "The New York Times"Levy, with his persuasive and owlish mien, proved to be the administrative virtuoso Lincoln Center had been waiting for. No need to take his word for it. Just walk around. The campus today is what he and architect Elizabeth Diller said it would be, only busier, more open, more glamorous, more comfortable and more fun. If the renovation [of Lincoln Center] were a movie, its credit roll would run for 20 minutes, but it would be fair to call it a Reynold Levy production. "Vulture"Levy s unabashed enthusiasm for the non-profit arts helps us understand why a place like Lincoln Center is important, even in this profit-oriented era"They Told Me Not to Take that Job" provides a good, sometimes sad look at what the arts have been going through over the last couple of decades. "Maclean's"Reynold Levy has a rare blend of talents, all of which are on display in this compelling book, a memoir that is neither self-reverential nor full of false pieties. There is no bitterness, but there is surprising candor. Prominent people should be shamed, including those who nearly ran great cultural institutions into the ground. The lessons to be extracted could fuel an entire curriculum at the Harvard Business School, or a Department of Psychology. Ken Auletta, bestselling author and writer for "The New Yorker" "Reynold Levy led the 21st century transformation of Lincoln Center and his depiction of that undertaking is incisive, fresh and entertaining. "They Told Me Not to Take That Job" is brilliant and highly readable. Anyone who cares about how great cultural organizations operate and grow must read Levy s masterful account." David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group "The qualities that Reynold Levy marshals in this book are the very ones that transformed Lincoln Center, and before that, the International Rescue Committee and the 92nd Street Y. Strategic vision, fearless execution, attention to revealing detail, relentless zest...Levy takes us on an inspiring personal journey brimming with passion, wisdom, generosity and nimble humor. We are treated to a celebration of the arts, an illuminating inside story, an ode to the city of New York and a meditation on leadership. Like any prized work of art, it both captivates and stimulates. I am telling everyone not to miss this tour de force." Winston Lord, Former US Ambassador to China and Chair Emeritus, International Rescue CommitteeEssential reading for all who need to know how not to sail a ship into a storm. "Slipped Disc""New York Times bestseller "The most entertaining passages of the book chronicle the indefatigably upbeat Levy's fight to get a tangled web of stakeholders onboard with the project. He is unafraid to name the names of those who fought against the redevelopment [of Lincoln Center] at the beginning and he is refreshingly candid about what he perceives as the misguided policies of some of Lincoln Center's constituent organizations.... it attests to the energy of his account and to the passion of his diagnoses of the Center's persistent, if alleviated, ills, that he pushes the reader into the future, projecting new problems and envisioning solutions." -New York Times Book Review "Sure to make waves in the genteel world of New York's elite cultural institutions, where foes tend to exchange air kisses in public and keep their battles private. Mr. Levy's willingness to name names may not quite reach you'll-never-eat-lunch-in-this-town-again levels but could make for some awkward encounters at the chic Lincoln Ristorante." -The New York Times"Levy, with his persuasive and owlish mien, proved to be the administrative virtuoso Lincoln Center had been waiting for. No need to take his word for it. Just walk around. The campus today is what he and architect Elizabeth Diller said it would be, only busier, more open, more glamorous, more comfortable and more fun. If the renovation [of Lincoln Center] were a movie, its credit roll would run for 20 minutes, but it would be fair to call it a Reynold Levy production." -Vulture

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  • Reynold Levy(Author)
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