Blogtastic Business Digest

In a bid to pull together some of the most useful business blogs penned over the past few years, I've compiled a 'rattle bag' of the top five posts - covering five issues which are recurrent themes for business and arts organisations alike. These 'fab five' (warning: misnomer!) cover bugbears which repeatedly rear their head, namely: communication, strategy, planning, funding and networking. Hopefully these words of wisdom will inspire great things! The Crucial Art of Communication (TweakYourBiz) Hands-up, how many times have you heard the following statements in a business context: ‘I didn’t know they did that?’, ‘Oh, I thought they offered that service!’… or ‘I didn’t know I was suppose

Unconscious Bias... at Work

Unconscious bias. Two words. Unconscious. Bias. What do you think when you hear these two words? Is it something we can control? Something we're cognisant of? Or something pre-programmed, hard-wired and deeply embedded? In the immediate period following a stint working with the NWCI on a pilot Unconscious Gender Bias programme - I found myself being ever-so aware of all the biases I have and those I hear around me every day. Suffice to say, I've turned into one of those types who, having experienced or achieved something significant (a massive dietary attitudinal shift or cessation of a bad habit), is sharing the benefits with everyone. Indeed, much to their, erm, enjoyment, I now find mys

Arts and the F Word...

Funding for the arts and creative projects has long been the subject of heated discussion, and not without good reason. Having spent many an hour (or day, for that matter) scrutinising funding submissions for both arts and business proposals - I'm more than a little familiar with the painful process of validation, economic statistics and projections. Undoubtedly, it's far easier to make the case for a new product than a new show - where comparators and simple customer validation can be collected, checked and rationalised within a short space of time, versus the uncertainty of showcasing a new piece of writing or exhibiting visual art. When I speak to colleagues entering the funding fray - th

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