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Are personality clashes a good thing?

The past two-days at the School for Social Entrepreneurs was more than challenging, to say the least. Six individuals worked as a team to devise and present a three-year plan for a viable social enterprise in Southwark. Not at all difficult, right?   Was it the luck of the draw that our group included a range of strong-willed characters? It seems …

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A real balancing act…

Time management is a hot topic for me. As a busy mum, running a social enterprise, studying and working part-time – life is a real balancing act. I must also admit to echoing this quote. ‘I am definitely going to take a course on time management just as soon as I can work it into my schedule’  Louis E. Boone   So right now …

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Managing projects effectively

Whether or not you hold the official title of project manager, the chances are you will find yourself managing at least one project at work. Projects come in all shapes and sizes, and understanding the fundamentals of managing a project effectively is a valuable and transferable skill. Here are 10 steps to get your project started 1 Your objectives Define the …

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Watch this space

Today I joined the live chat with Arts Council England’s Chief Executive, Alan Davey and asked the following question. 12:53 KemiB: What challenges do you think the arts will face in forming community partnerships, for example libraries and theatre companies? And what steps will ACE take to support community partnerships in the arts? I was really pleased to have my question …

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The nuts and bolts of monitoring projects

Evaluation is often considered to be the final part of a project, but in reality should be woven into a project from the very beginning.  There is a big difference between essential feedback, validation and actual evaluation. In the context of arts related projects, it can be particularly difficult to assess effectiveness of projects because it often requires measuring results …

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How on earth did I get 75 Twitter followers in 2 days?

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As a small start up business, with a ‘to-do-list’ as long as my arm, I think this is quite a big achievement.  I know for those of you who get 1000s of Twitter followers in a day, this is tiny. I’m aiming for quality not quantity, as I want to build valuable relationships with my followers who share a mutual …

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Supporting arts administrators

This week the Arts Council England announced The Clore Leadership Programme as the national delivery partner for their £1.8 million Developing resilient leadership programme. Supporting cultural leaders to develop their leadership skills and work collaboratively. While this is great news, it raises a number of questions concerning the steps that arts organisations are taking to support entry level arts professionals, …

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Retaining talent

It’s a New Year and most people will plan to make life changes, particularly relating to their work and career. While you may not expect employees to move jobs in this current economy, staff retention is a challenge all companies face at this time of year. In fact, it is believed that employers are holding on to skilled staff more now than …

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How to create brand advocates for your organisation

Potential brand advocates include your board of directors, trustees, partners, funding organisations, sponsors, audience and employees. In short your organisation’s stakeholders are all potential advocates for your organisation. We know that word of mouth marketing is the most effective form of marketing.  So creating brand advocates is essential. People who will listen to others, respond on your behalf and share …

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Listening, monitoring and evaluating your work

  We all love being listened to, right? But how often do you find yourself saying ‘I simply love being monitored’? Accurate monitoring relies on effective listening and this is a key component of the monitoring and evaluation process. Here are four key steps to help us keep our monitoring and evaluation in perspective. Keep an open mind about the data …

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