Judith Bowtell at Albany Lane

Strategic coaching and consulting for arts leaders and organisations

Whether you’re an organisation or an individual, success in the arts and creative sector takes being strategic, reflective and resourceful.

At Albany Lane we offer workshops, one-on-one coaching and strategic consulting aimed at helping you and your organisation thrive.

If you’re in the arts, cultural or creative industries, we can tailor a program to whatever issues you are facing. 

Based on more than 20 years experience in arts management and policy development, we believe that three areas of focus are critical to success.

Developing authentic leaders

Becoming a great leader takes knowing yourself and your values, communicating powerfully, and inspiring and motivating others.

Whether you’re looking to further your own career or provide leadership development for your team, we can design a program specifically for your needs.

Building confidence and resourcefulness

Resilience, confidence and resourcefulness are critical to both personal career success and building a robust organisation.

 

Working with Albany Lane helps individuals and teams to become energised and open, build momentum, and address challenges head-on.

Becoming strategy-focused

No matter what your role is, being aware of the bigger picture increases your value to your organisation and makes you more effective.

Our programs focus on embedding strategic thinking in you and your team to enhance your capabilities around designing and implementing your vision, overcoming obstacles, uncovering opportunities and preparing for growth.

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The hidden costs of focusing on the urgent and not the important

The hidden costs of focusing on the urgent and not the important

Date:16/12/2019

I recently stayed with my sister and my 18 year old niece (M), and offered to help them throw out some clothes that no longer "brought joy". We started out making good progress, teaching the process of appreciating what you have and letting go of what no longer "serves" you. The session was a bit derailed by a little family politics: me encouraging M. to keep some things that annoyed her mum; her mum overruling a few decisions; and a side campaign by M, to hide a few pieces in her older sister's wardrobe. Whilst a healthy family dynamic has room for fun and games, there can be a shadow side of power and control: undermining my sister's influence; re-asserting parental values; sneaking t-shirts into someone else's drawer. And I did feel a bit of guilt afterwards that what should have been a learning experience for M. got a bit overwritten by her mum's and my agendas. The same can happen in our workplaces when we interrupt someone's learning or development opportunity for our own purposes or gain.

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Why being “the best” could be your biggest hurdle to a successful working life

Why being “the best” could be your biggest hurdle to a successful working life

Date:09/12/2019

Are you a high achiever, a leader in your sector, an award winner? Did you get constant high scores at class and now have glowing performance reviews? Are you the one people think of when they need an expert? And…. Do you also feel isolated, exhausted and alone? Kirsten Neff talks about the importance of self-compassion over self-esteem in her wonderful (and for me game-changing) TedX talk. Self esteem is based on achieving, winning, being outstanding. However, there can be only one winner at one time.

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How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity & Confidence

How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity & Confidence

Date:01/11/2019

Start 2020 on the right foot, join Judith Bowtell of Albany Lane for How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity and Confidence, a 6 week online course that will deliver confidence and clarity to your action plan and a place where you can flex your muscles and get ready to fly. It's difficult to navigate your career options when you are a solo business owner multi-tasking, but getting out of your comfort zone, and trying new ways of thinking about things, will give you new insights to take back to your business, to build better relationships with your clients and community, and ultimately the business that surrounds you.

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Is it that time of the year already?

Is it that time of the year already?

Date:01/11/2019

Like mince pies at Woollies, the signs of Christmas and the end of the year come earlier and earlier. Or does it? Now I'm not a scientist, but I am pretty sure that time works the same ALL THE TIME, so the end of year "speed up" is as much a creation of our minds as the Santa stories we tell our children.

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Case Studies

Libby Varcoe

Albany Lane has been working with Libby as she was transitioning through a career and life mid-point.

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Megan Barlow

Albany Lane recently worked with Megan as she set up her new business venture.

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