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Sync 100: e-bulletin December 09 - easy read


What might have been

Of all sad words of tongue or pen the saddest are these: It might have been! (John Greenleaf Whittier)

a picture of an album from 2009

When you get to the end of a year, do you think back and feel sad at all the things that didn't go well, or do you get your party hat on and celebrate all the times you took the lead?

We've got some exciting things planned for next year, but before we tell you about them, let's have a think about the year that is just about to end.

If you were to create your own photo album of best leadership moments in 2009 what would be there?

Your album doesn't have to just be about you, but could include other people who have made a mark or led the way in 2009.

What is the meaning of success

People do not find success in life because they never take the time to define what it means to them (Adrian Gilpin, Chairman IHD)

Liz Crow - a publicity image from her hour on the plinth

What does success look like? Is it about getting a big job and making lots of money or is it about things happening in smaller ways with lots of feeling and passion?

Have you had passion in your leadership moments in 2009? What were they?

Did you see Liz Crow's leading moment on the plinth in Trafalgar square. It was a very passionate and strong hour in time!

Did you have a moment when you climbed your own plinth? What was it all about and how did you feel when you were there?

see Liz on the plinth via her website

Chasing success

Babyhead are the b*****d child of Ian Dury and Iggy Pop (Keith Allen)

a cartoon chasing success

In the New Year we will be talking toTom Mauger, the lead singer of Babyhead, and a soon to be signed up Sync Member

Tom has 'nearly been very successful' for about 10 years with his band and is touring in Thailand at the moment. Sometimes Tom says that chasing success feels very tiring and he wonders if he is thinking about it in the right way.

Sometimes we can feel unhappy if we don't feel good about things and instead, we envy other people who seem to be doing better than we are.

Go and see Babyhead's website

What about next year?

Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. (Charles Richards)

sync opportunities in 2010

So what are you going to do in 2010 about your leadership and which wall are you going to put your leadership ladder up against?

You could come to one of our Sync hello events, to talk about being a Sync member. There will be one in Manchester on 3rd February at the Greenroom, 1.00 - 4.30pm in association with Full Circle Arts (contact and one in Bristol at the end of February (contact

As we said last month, these will be open to old and new Sync members and people who are thinking about it.

We are also holding a meeting for people who are in London and interested in finding out more about what Sync offers. That will be on 12th January 2010, 6 - 8pm at Graeae’s fabulous new offices at Bradbury Studios, 138 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY (contact

You can also apply for Sync Intensives. This is an 8 month course for Sync members which offers the people chosen personal coaching, face to face development days, and support through email and computers.

The deadline for applications for this is the end of February 2010. A simple application form is available from

You could also take up a Leading in London placement. These are for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) (1.) or Deaf and disabled leaders who want to be better leaders. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn by doing, by watching how other people work, and to be involved in key projects with guidance and support. You will be expected to quickly learn from following and move on to leading. The placements will be intensive and aim to quickly develop your leadership.

Placements are made possible by the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP), funded by Arts Council England - London via CLP and supported by CLP's programme strands: Powerbrokers (BAME leaders) and Sync (Deaf and disabled leaders).

There are two Leading in London opportunities for BAME leaders and two for Deaf and disabled leaders, for three months full-time or up to six months part-time. They are:

Powerbrokers bite Associate : Barbican Centre

Powerbrokers Dance and Performance Associate : Southbank Centre

Sync Development Associate : Whitechapel Gallery

Sync Environmental Strategy Associate : Sadler's Wells

There is also the opportunity for a Deaf and disabled leader to do a six month placement as an Associate Producer with London 2012's Unlimited Programme.

The interview dates are the 27th and 28th of January 2010.

So lots of things on offer and new walls to place your leadership ladder against. We really look forward to hearing from you in relation to some of these opportunities. Happy climbing!

Sarah Pickthall

Sync Coaching

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