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Retreat 2 — what you can expect

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Image courtesy of Alasdair Cant

 

Ahead of our intensive residential marketing leadership programme, Retreat 2 on 12 — 15 March, we asked trainer Alasdair Cant a few questions about what attendees can expect from the programme.

 

1)      What do you think makes a good leader?

 Good leaders know themselves, and use that knowledge to get the best from situations and people around them.  They are honest with themselves and others.  They have the courage to do and say what they believe is right, irrespective of what others think.  They have the ability to listen well, which involves temporarily letting go of their own agenda and ‘ego state’ in order to deepen their understanding of others and other perspectives.  This helps them influence effectively.

 

2)      Are there any barriers to great leadership that are specific to the Arts sector?

The Arts Sector has more than its share of strong personalities and egos.  In an era of ever stretched resources, the result is an invisible tide towards silo working and protectionist mentality.  Great leadership surmounts this, allays fear and refuses to collude with or reward bad behaviour.   Great leadership sees new possibilities in difficult times.

 

3)      What would you say is the biggest hurdle to someone undertaking their leadership journey and how will Retreat 2 help?

The Arts Sector has an impressively diverse workforce that is not yet as impressively reflected at Board level and in executive leadership.  The AMA Retreat offers an opportunity for everyone to explore their own limiting beliefs, to give themselves ‘inner permission’ and become the best version of leader they wish to be.

 

4)      What is the one thing you hope people will take away with them.

The Moeller Centre is a fabulous venue, and if it’s raining they have lovely umbrellas they let you take away.  I still have mine. 

 

Retreat 2

College Court Conference Centre, Leicester | 12 — 15 March

AMA members: £995 + VAT

Sponsored Session: Creating Collaboration – Tried & Tested Ways to Work Closer Together

Image courtesy of Middle Child Theatre

What is it about?

In this session Liv Nilssen, Sector Strategy Lead (Fundraising and Development) at Spektrix will dig into what it really means to unite your teams around a shared ambition, collaborating to achieve an organisational goal, no matter the size or scale of your team or organisation. Drawing upon recent success stories of marketing and fundraising teams who have embarked on a journey of collaboration, you’ll gain inspiration on how you can help break down departmental barriers and work together in creative ways to have a meaningful impact in your organisation.

What will I gain?

  • Insight from Spektrix’s experience working with marketing and fundraising teams across the arts and culture sector
  • A chance to learn what has worked for other organisations
  • Practical ideas about how to break down existing barriers

Speaker

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Liv Nilssen
Spektrix

Shared Ambition – findings and outcomes is supported by Spektrix.

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Bringing it together from the top

Image courtesy of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Joe Plommer

What is it about?

How can arts and cultural organisations foster an internal culture of collaboration? What can those in management or leadership roles do to facilitate closer working between marketing and fundraising? As Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, Fiona will share her experiences, challenges and the opportunities presented by working in this way.

What will I gain?

  • Real life examples of how a collaborative culture works in practice
  • Insight into a leadership perspective
  • An understanding of how leaders and those working with leaders can develop a collaborative culture

Speaker

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Fiona Allan
Birmingham Hippodrome

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Retreat 2 — what you can expect

Ahead of our intensive residential marketing leadership programme, Retreat 2 on 12 — 15 March, we asked trainer Jo Taylor a few questions about what attendees can expect from the programme.
1)      What do you think makes a good leader?

A good leader inspires passion and action in others. Good leaders corral people around a common cause and unite them in a joint effort so that everyone is working together for the same end. A good leader empowers everyone to make their individual contribution and celebrates their part in the success story.

 

2)      Are there any barriers to great leadership that are specific to the arts sector ?

It is easy in organisations who have broad portfolios — and are under pressure to drive and diversify income — to lose focus.  Good leaders will think strategically and remain focused on the big underlying idea — while not underestimating what you’re asking of people or diminishing the detail.

This means to constantly inspire people with the potential of the art to enhance lives, so that this passion is what drives the organisation.  With good leadership, the barometer for success will not be box office returns, till receipts or counting heads but in valuing, prioritising and cherishing the impacts your experiences have on audiences.

Good leaders in the arts will remain unequivocally vision led, at the same time as being relentlessly audience focused. They champion the art and the audience equally. The result is a team where everyone has confidence in the artistic vision and embraces the audience wholeheartedly.

 

3)      What would you say is the biggest hurdle to someone undertaking their leadership journey and how will Retreat 2 help?

  • Achieving the above requires the ability to focus and great communications skills.
  • Lack of confidence can be a barrier to both of these strengths.

Retreat 2 will give you a solid grounding in the relationship between the different facets of the strategic planning process, including some practical tools to navigate these discussions with your teams. It also gives you that all too rare time to reflect on your influencing and interpersonal skills.

 

4)      What is the one thing you hope people will take away with them

That strategic planning gives the best framework for more creativity, experimentation and something about leadership……

 

Retreat 2

College Court Conference Centre, Leicester | 12 — 15 March

AMA members: £995 + VAT

Panel discussion – Eden Project and CBSO

Image courtesy of Sadler’s Wells © Hugo Glendinning, Gravity Fatigue by Hussein Chalayan

What is it about?

In a panel discussion chaired by Jane Donald, senior marketers and fundraisers from Shared Ambition participants the Eden Project and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will discuss the thinking that led the organisations to the decision that marketing and fundraising needed to be brought together. They’ll talk about the process of doing this: internal challenges they’ve faced, how to go about getting buy-in, and the potential benefits, as well as about the change process or change in thinking instigated by participating in the Shared Ambition programme.

What will I gain?

  • Insight into the challenges and benefits of bringing marketing and fundraising closer together in your organisation
  • An understanding of the practical process of aligning two departments
  • A chance to hear from senior marketers and fundraisers about their experiences of doing this

Speakers

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Rose Cashman-Pugley
Eden Project

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Abby Corfan
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Emma Evans
Eden Project

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Simon Fairclough
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Panel discussion – Cast and the RSC

Image courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History © CLoé J. F. Zarifian

What is it about?

In a panel discussion chaired by Jane Donald, senior marketers and fundraisers from Shared Ambition participants Cast and the RSC will discuss the thinking that led the organisations to the decision that marketing and fundraising needed to be brought together. They’ll talk about the process of doing this: internal challenges they’ve faced, how to go about getting buy-in, and the potential benefits, as well as about the change process or change in thinking instigated by participating in the Shared Ambition programme.

What will I gain?

  • Insight into the challenges and benefits of bringing marketing and fundraising closer together in your organisation
  • An understanding of the practical process of aligning two departments
  • A chance to hear from senior marketers and fundraisers about their experiences of doing this

Speakers

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Lorna Clayton-Rawle
Cast

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Sian Dudley
Cast

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Kerry Radden
RSC

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Pete Warman
RSC

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Developing Empathy

Image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Simon Mooney.

What is it about?

What’s your Shared Ambition for marketing and fundraising? What might enable that vision to become a reality? And what might block or prevent it? This session will share a simple tool to help think through what might be motivating people to engage (or not) with your current ideas and to start to consider what you might change to effectively bring them on board.

What will I gain?

  • Insight into some of the things to consider when exploring how to develop a strong working culture between marketing and fundraising
  • A simple tool to help you explore what might enable or prevent your colleagues from getting involved and working effectively together
  • Ideas about what you could do to influence a positive working relationship between marketing and fundraising in your own organisation

Speaker

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Julie Aldridge
Consultant

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Why Collaborate?

Image courtesy of Puppet Theatre Scotland. Andy Caitlin, The Logic of Movement, photo by Stephen Mottram.

What is it about?

When we’re all increasingly time-pressured, what are the benefits of working together? Debbie Richards, of Baker Richards, will explore the power of collaboration and some approaches to developing effective joint working. The session will include stories of success, drawing on examples from the Shared Ambition programme and beyond.

What will I gain?

  • An understanding of the benefits of collaboration
  • An awareness of the key factors that underpin successful collaboration
  • An insight into different approaches to developing effective joint working

Speaker

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Debbie Richards
Baker Richards

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Meet our speakers #SharedAmbition

Ahead of Shared Ambition – findings and outcomes, we caught up with speakers Lorna Clayton-Rawle, Sian DudleyRose Cashman-Pugsley and Emma Evans to hear more about the Shared Ambition programme and what they’ll be talking about on the day.

What are you looking forward to at the Shared Ambition event?

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I’m really looking forward to catching up with the other participants from the programme to find out how they are getting on with their objectives – everyone was working on such diverse topics in a really interesting mixture of organisations and it’ll be so nice to keep learning from each other.
Rose Cashman-Pugsley
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It’s a great opportunity to share best practice, I love recycling what has worked well in other venues and seeing if it works for Cast.
Sian Dudley

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Hearing how other organisations have been getting on – we all talked about some big inspirational plans for the future – and how well they’ve been able to progress these back in the ‘real world’.
Emma Evans

What’s been the best thing about the programme so far?

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I’ve really enjoyed spending more time dedicating some time to fun-comms. In the busy working week you can never dedicate enough time to strategic planning.
Sian Dudley

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The residential was superb – having the time to reflect on progress we’ve already made (you sometimes don’t realise what you’ve achieve until you take time to step back). And being given very effective tools for planning and developing our shared ambition going forward. Plus the ongoing support that we’re continuing to receive.
Emma Evans

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Meeting and learning from so many people from across organisations and hearing that hurdles you have encountered have been overcome by others. Taking part has been an opportunity to step back and assess our own ways of working and hear from others (something you don’t always get when you are busy with other projects).
Lorna Clayton-Rawle

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Being given the time away from the immediate pressures of the office to dedicate to focusing on future developments was such a treat. The programme was hugely valuable to us as it not only took us step-by-step through coming up with lofty plans (which we like to do!) but also working out how to execute them within a specific timeframe (which we struggle to do!). Writing our objectives and detailed plan of attack down before we left the away-days helped us get straight into it as soon as we got back to Eden.
Rose Cashman-Pugsley

Have you discovered anything you didn’t expect?

Headshot of Rose Cashman-Pugsley
Some of the organisations were really well established with their approach to collaborative working – I had the misconception that marketing and fundraising teams working closely together was still quite an alien concept for the sector but I was pleasantly surprised that lots of places were already fully embracing it.
Rose Cashman-Pugsley

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The many different models that exist for Membership and Marketing within organisations. A lot of us had different structures, levels of resource, and it was interesting to be able to understand the benefits (and challenges) that different ways of working can bring.
Emma Evans

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We’re actually doing pretty well! It has been a great chance to celebrate what achievements we’ve made so far!
Sian Dudley

What are your top tips for collaborative working between marketing & fundraising?

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Meeting regularly. I know what you’re thinking, nobody wants another meeting. But getting a cross organisational meeting once every few weeks is really useful. It can be a bit painful, but overwhelmingly a team approach is best.
Sian Dudley

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My role as Fundraising Manager sits entirely within the Marketing and Communication team and it is such a supporting structure when you are the only dedicated fundraising position within an organisation. This set up gives us plenty of opportunities to share ideas, concerns and responsibilities and of course, to share the successes and the learning from things that don’t quite go to plan. The key has been communication and being open about challenges and making sure expectations for all areas are managed. The support also goes the other way. I certainly enjoy working with and learn from my marketing colleagues and this collaborative approach also makes sure that fundraising is something that the marketing team factor into campaign and communications plans.
Lorna Clayton-Rawle

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Communication and definitely a shared ambition – which has to be shared from the top down and the bottom up!
Emma Evans

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If your marketing and fundraising teams are currently working in silos, and your team objectives aren’t aligned, you’ll usually always be working against each other. A structural change may be what’s needed to bring the two teams closer together. At the very least the objectives of the two teams need to be defined together in the context of your organisation’s overall strategy.
Rose Cashman-Pugsley

What keeps you going when things get tough?

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When things seem insurmountable, it is so important to give yourself the time to take a step back and look at everything you have achieved to date. I wish I took my own advice more often, but when I do this and realise how far I’ve come or what I have been able to achieve in the past, the challenges of the immediate future then don’t always feel so daunting.
Rose Cashman-Pugsley

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The difference that the funding makes to those that are getting involved with the theatre, perhaps for some, for the first time. I remember my first trip to the theatre, it had such an impact on me and working to help create and support those experiences for others is what matters. That and tea…
Lorna Clayton-Rawle

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We’re lucky enough to have a pretty big team at Eden which helps when you need a bit of extra input or you feel like you’re facing a brick wall. Plus, we can always nip down on site and take some time out in our on-site rainforest!
Emma Evans

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Targets. Which is very unsexy, but as a marketeer I’m really motivated by hitting our targets.
Sian Dudley

Shared Ambition – findings and outcomes takes place on 1 February 2018 at Birmingham Hippodrome. Find out more about the programme and speakers and book your place.

Shared Ambition is managed by the AMA in partnership with Baker Richards as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme. Shared Ambition – findings and outcomes is supported by Spektrix.

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