Inspiration

Positive Stress

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 07/08/2018   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Decision Making, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

Now is a good time to take stock, and reflect on how much time is spent "doing something", rather than doing something worthwhile. It’s a trap many of us fall into, being busy but not productive can lead to stress, which stifles our creative thinking, rather than positive tension which helps propel you to a new and exciting outcome. Read more...


Five important points to consider when establishing a career in the Arts

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 16/06/2018   |   Categories: Career Development, Inspiration, Strategic Planning

One of my favourite questions is to ask is: what advice you would give to your younger self? Be brave, ask questions, and trust your instincts are often top of the list. Get support, practice self-care and remember to breathe are also common answers. It seems that we oldies would have valued someone kind saying, 'Go for your dreams, but don’t be too hard on yourself if things fail, because somehow, you’ll survive'. And for the most part that’s true – things do have a way of working out. You will get a new job, you will develop supportive relationships, and you will even recover in some way from that injury or other health issue that threatens to hold you back. Read more...


Who is responsible for your career?

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 06/06/2018   |   Categories: Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Making change

One of my mantras is that no-one is responsible for your career development except you – not your boss, your mum or your significant other. Whilst your career can be boosted by the support of coaches, mentors and sponsors, the one driving the bus is always YOU. Read more...


How to improve your employability

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 28/05/2018   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Inspiration, Making change

In the era of the gig economy, one of the core skills all artists and arts workers need to master is how to be employable for life While the rest of the world is waking up to the pros and cons of the “gig-economy”, characterised by short-term contracts and casual employment, the creative sector shrugs its shoulders and asks, 'Hasn’t it always been that way?' Well, yes and no – David Throsby’s latest survey for the Australia Council on professional artists’ earnings and work practices, noted that the forces of globalisation and casualisation of employment have also been felt in the arts, with an increasing number of artists reporting moving to a portfolio career. This is where, instead of being employed by an institution in a linear trajectory of development, a professional artist must navigate a range of contracts, development opportunities and employment to continue their creative practice Read more...


The Myths Of Self Care

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 12/05/2018   |   Categories: Balancing work and life

I have been running on less than a full tank due to a lingering cold that arrived at Easter and stayed around until Anzac Day. With all the symptoms of headache, congestion, fever and fatigue, I had to take a few days off and take it easy to recuperate. What is challenging when you are in a paid role can seem insurmountable when you are self-employed. Not only do you have to allow yourself time to rest and relax, but also keep the anxiety bugs at bay. So this month I have been reflecting on self-care and how it fits with the world of creativity, leadership and business. What I have found is what it is not.... Read more...


Understanding yourself: stop holding back and become a better leader

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 14/03/2018   |   Categories: Coaching, Leadership, Making change, Mindfulness

When women come to me wanting to develop their leadership potential, the first thing I ask is, do I have permission to challenge them. This is a fundamental precept of coaching - a willingness to be open to feedback. Read more...


What is your Super Power

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 23/02/2018   |   Categories: Career Development, Making change

Everyone is born with a specific set of character strengths that makes us unique, some we learn, some we harness, some super powers we harness in times of crisis. And at one point or another, you’ve probably been told what your unique strengths are. Read more...


New Year, New Opportunities, New Career? Event 15.2.18

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 24/01/2018   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Making change, Mindfulness

Changing jobs in now a regular part of life. Today the national average tenure in a job is 3.3 years, with expectation that we will have up to five careers in our lifetime. Jobs are also more likely to be temporary or contract based and these trends impact the way we manage our working life. Judith Bowtell and Albany Lane invite you to join us for breakfast and hear from individuals who have mastered major career changes: from Big Business to Solo Entrepreneur, and from Small Arts and community organisations to major corporates. So if you are contemplating change in your working life now or in the future ( and you will!) come and join us for breakfast and hear from those who have made the jump, survived and thrived! Read more...


Why breaking resolutions is the best thing you can do.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 21/01/2018   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

When we are stuck making a change in our behaviour that we believe will benefit us, it is due to an underlying contradictory thought pattern or belief. Until this belief is challenged and resolved, we will constantly come up against it, leading us at risk of seeing ourselves as “failures” in this area of our life. Read more...


I really want this job…. But the pay really sucks.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 07/12/2017   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Making change, Strategic Planning

Has this ever happened to you? You see a job you would love to do and would be fantastic opportunity; it highlights all your key skills and seems to be made for you to shine; you admire the company, resonate with its values, and have great rapport with the team. You apply, are made an offer and the reality sinks in when you see the figure on the page. It is much lower than you expected or had previously earnt, and takes you back a step. Read more...


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