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Sync: e-bulletin Sept 2011 easy read



.....take a fresh bite on leadership......

a  photo of a blackboard and a pile of books with an apple on them - back to school!

September has almost finished - and suddenly the sun is out. The weather has been very strange this summer, but it's meant that we've had lots of apples - and people say an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

So what does September hold for us?

Children go back to school. Maybe it's time for us to go back - to our meetings, our work, our desks?

Sync starts work again this month too.

Our new intensives programme starts soon. We have two development days planned for October and November. These will look at different ways of leading.

The people on Sync Intensives will be writing articles and case studies about themselves and what they think - look out for new pieces coming onto the site soon!

We’ve an exciting new part of Sync in development too – can’t say much more as it's all a secret at the moment!

What you think, as part of Sync, matters. Do keep telling us your thoughts on leading and leadership.

It’s all change at Arts Council England too. We're meeting up with the new director of Organisational Leadership and Development Ginny Spittle this week. She is the new lead contact for Sync.

So what else is new?

The knowledge of Marmaduke is so essential. Just one man and the difference he can make (Mohammed Ali - Graffiti artist and producer)

a multi media image of buildings overlaid with sketches of individuals used to promote the arts project Loyal Enemy

There are two of us behind Sync, and we’ve both been exploring the way we lead this summer.

Sarah Pickthall has been working as an artist, alongside other artists, to make a piece based on the life of her great great Uncle, Mohammad Marmaduke Pickthall. He wrote 'The meaning of the Glorious Qu’ran' a 'translation' still used today in schools and mosques.

The piece is called Loyal Enemy and Sarah had a 'pitch' to talk about her ideas at Decibel - the Arts Council's dynamic performing arts showcase in Manchester earlier this month.

Sarah has a real strength in working with people - and this shows in the way she has created this piece. You can find out exactly who is involved on the project website

Jo Verrent will be working in a different way too this year. She has gained a Fellowship with the Clore Leadership Programme and so will be finding out more about herself, the arts and and how she can make a difference through the way she works. The programme she is on will take 12 months. You can find out more about the Clore Fellowship - it runs each year - at their website,

New ways of leading

Just because it hasn't been done before, doesn't mean it can't be done, or that i'ts not a better idea than the ones that have been done before...... (David Jubb, David Micklem and Sarah Preece, the team leading Battersea Arts Centre)

artist and a director cartoon, doing both

Everything seems up for change at the moment. Did you catch the news that Australia has changed the way it does passports? You can say you are a man, you can say you are a woman and now there is now a third choice for those wishing to describe themselves as transgender or of indeterminate gender. It’s a huge step forward to try and stop discrimination and it’s being discussed here in the UK now too.

So what else is up for change? How about new ways of leading?

For many of us, part time working is essential – our access needs require it. This doesn't mean you can't have a job though.

More and more organisations are looking at different ways of doing things. Take Battersea Arts Centre, for example – they have two Artistic Directors that work full time and an Executive Director who works three days a week. Why does she do this? She’s an artist too and needs time for her own art work.

Remember, how you lead should follow who you are – you don’t have to fit into a box – find your own ways of leading and influencing.

New ways of thinking

a cartoon showing diversity at the heart of the arts

At Decibel the Arts Council talked about something called Creative Case. This is its new way of talking about diversity and equality, showing they can make all the arts better for all artists, all audiences and our wider society.

In the past, when people have mentioned diversity and equality, they have talked about removing barriers, reducing the number of bad things that happen and following the law. Now these are all important, but they miss out one thing, they miss out what diversity and equality contribute to the arts - how they make things better, richer and more interesting.

Creative Case says that diversity and equality are important to the arts in their own right – because of what they bring.

We think this is true within leadership too.

We know that as disabled people in positions of leading and influencing we can show new ways of seeing and being. We can show different perspectives, opportunities and options. We can make things better not just for disabled people, but for all people involved in leading.

Go on, go on, go on, go on….

a photo of Mrs Doyle from Father Ted

Have you even seen a TV programme called Father Ted? There is a tea lady called Mrs Doyle and she always used to say: "Go on, go on, go on, go on..."

This month we are telling you to "go on".

Our challenge for you this month is to think hard about what you bring that is new to leading – and then to bring that out into the open just a little bit more.

It might be through your own arts work, or through the work that you do with an organisation – as an employee, an employer, a governor or trustee, an advisor or as a freelancer. It might be through what you write, what you say or simply through what and how you do things.

So go on, put yourself and your unique way of being out there today. It's not just you who’ll benefit.

More soon, all the best

Jo Verrent and Sarah Pickthall


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