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Do You Really Know What Your Team Wants?

Whether by accident or design, we can find ourselves as part of a creative team: as creators, managers, founders, board members.  In our teams, we can often get so mired in the day to day, hurly burly of activity that we can sometimes forget the ‘why’, losing the big picture in the desire to complete the next action, confusing action with achievement.

Whether you are at the beginning of your joint venture, reviewing ongoing progress, or looking to change the direction of your project, it is wise to take the opportunity now and then to take time out to refocus on your long game.

Take Five with Liz Atkin

Liz Atkinis an internationally acclaimed visual artist and advocate based in London. Compulsive Skin Picking dominated her life for more than 20 years, but art has become her greatest tool for recovery. Liz reimagines the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking into photographic artworks, charcoal drawings and performances. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, Australia, Singapore, USA and Japan. She has given public talks for TEDx, Wellcome Collection and at a range of conferences and health events around the world.

You are doing an open studios because?….

I went to an open studios over the weekend and had a really great time catching up with a few contacts and finding some new artists to follow. It was a very enjoyable experience … but that isn’t always the case.

Too many times I have been to an open studios and felt embarrassed because I have felt like an invader. The artist was uncomfortable, didn’t know how to talk about their work, or ignored me. I do understand that this can sometimes be a question of confidence, with the artist not knowing whether to speak to people, give them space, or just hide in a corner.

Waving Hello

There are many ways people can respond to world events.

I am currently working with theOxford Concert Party, a music group whose basic ethos is around the healing power of music.  Their latest project began in mid-January and will last 6 months.  Originally inspired by the images on our screens over the past couple of years of boat people struggling to find safety in a new country, the project has gained added relevance during recent times.

The project is described thus:

“WAVING HELLO is to celebrate diversity and to recognise the importance of trade and travel in the history of Western art, in particular as it is reflected in the collection at the Ashmolean Museum.

Suits You, Sir!

Have you ever been in that position when you know what you don’t want, but don’t know what you do want?  You just know something needs to change.

I often work with people in this situation and something which comes up a lot is that they are frightened to make a change, in case they choose “the wrong thing”. They worry that the decision they make will be absolutely final and they won't be able to go back on it.

What I encourage them to do is to think of “the new thing” as a coat.  Very few of us would buy a coat without trying it on, to check the fit, feel the fabric, etc.