10 steps to diversify your income and win the fundraising game

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 03/12/2015   |   Categories: Fundraising, Inspiration, Leadership, Strategic Planning

Government policy (and common sense) dictates that you “diversify” your income streams, encouraging you to develop new strategic partnerships and relationships. Each of which takes time and resources to manage. However, without the capacity and skills in house, most small arts organisations (or even a mid-size operations) are often knocked out of the party before you even get started. Read more...

Worker bee or inspiring leader

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 15/11/2015   |   Categories: Coaching, Leadership

Leadership is a different game from managing and doing. It is a way of being much more than a job title. Being a leader is about being willing to change yourself and others, as well as the world around you. If that excites and inspires you, create a little space and begin to explore the opportunities around you. Read more...

Do's and Don'ts of working with boards

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 07/11/2015   |   Categories: Inspiration, Leadership

If you are a leader (or aspiring leader) of an arts or not-for-profit organisation, you will be working with a board of directors. They can be your best asset or your worst nightmare. Based on more than 20 years of seeing boards from every angle, here are my top tips to strenghen this critical working relationship. Read more...

Risks of being over-programmed

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/11/2015   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Coaching, Strategic Planning

Are you worried about burning out? Do you answer “busy” whenever anyone asks you how you are? Do you regularly work weekends and nights and eat lunch (if you get it) at your desk? Have you forgotten what it is like to have time to rest, reflect and simply play? Then you are probably “over-programmed”? Read more...

How to be strategic when applying for funding

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 17/10/2015   |   Categories: Fundraising, Inspiration, Leadership, Strategic Planning

Applying for funding is part and parcel of working in the arts. Here is how to be smart in making your grant applications: strategic, simple and with plenty of space. Read more...

How to move forward with ease

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 10/07/2015   |   Categories: Career Development, Compassion, Inspiration, Making change

Sometimes when we try to move forward, we see an opportunity that seems too good to miss. We rush forward but for some reason we don’t quite make it. Read more...

Taking stock - numbers or values

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/07/2015   |   Categories: Inspiration, Leadership

It need not take long to review your performance but there is value on taking regular stock. Even when working alone (maybe even more so) we need to step back and assess: where are we now, and then where do we want to go. Read more...

Why I invest in developing self-compassion

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 14/04/2015   |   Categories: Compassion, Inspiration

Having a sense of self-compassion means I can be with the bumps in the road that life brings: the worries, stresses and frustrations we all experience from time to time. It does not make these things magically go away, but it does make it easier to be with them and find a way forward. Read more...

Make some space to celebrate

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 30/03/2015   |   Categories: Inspiration, Making change

In creating any change in our lives, there are steps to take, but sometimes we need to wait a while to find the next way forward. In these times it can seem that nothing is happening, and it is easy and understandable to become uncertain, frustrated or afraid. Read more...

What are the signs that you need to change?

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 24/03/2015   |   Categories: Inspiration, Intuition

Regularly losing your keys, temper or friends are all signs that something is up in your life. The problem is we sometimes ignore the subtle early warning signs that something is up, and wait for the major calamity to wake us up. Read more...

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