Collaboration Week Part 3

Hope you’ve been following along the past few days as we dig deep into several levels of collaborations between non-profits and arts organizations.

I’ve been extremely privileged to work with some great people (and some other true characters) on collaborative projects and I’m trying to share some of these insights as to lessons learned along the way.

As I’ve been reading about collaborative efforts between organizations, it strikes me, especially in the preparation of comprehensive “arts and culture plans” how much redundancy there is across so many different regions. Never fear, I’ll be spending some time on that topic in the coming weeks and months!

For today, I’d like to share one of the pitfalls we’ve encountered along the way: EGO.

Check Your Ego at the Door – Probably one of the most difficult issues to address are the good and the bad relationships that in many cases have built up over years, if not decades, between “competitive” organizations. Perhaps it’s a new Executive Director or a creative Development Director who sparks a new sense of opportunity and can help to tear down the walls to shift everyone’s thinking toward the future. However you get there, it’s best to open the door to the new tomorrow with a blank sheet of paper and a very short memory.

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Sean King has been consulting with small businesses and non-profit organizations for 25 years. Currently, Sean is a principal in the Aspire Consulting Group providing solutions and training for arts, events and non-profit marketing professionals and their organizations. Clients include Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) and a growing list of satisfied organizations. Sean speaks regularly throughout the U.S. including at the IFEA Annual Conference, Arts Reach Conference, AFP, 92Y, CiviCRM User Summit, PA Council on the Arts, Michigan Festivals & Event Annual Conference. Sean serves as the Marketing Chairperson for the Hamilton District Main Street, a program of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce in Allentown and is a Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee for the Upside Allentown initiative. You can follow Sean on Twitter @skingaspire or email him anytime at sking.aspire@gmail.com

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About Sean King
Sean King has been consulting with small businesses and non-profit organizations for 25 years.  Currently, Sean is a principle in the Aspire Consulting Group providing solutions and training for arts, events and non-profit marketing professionals and their organizations. Clients include Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) and a growing list of satisfied organizations. Sean speaks regularly throughout the United States including at the IFEA Annual Conference, Arts Reach Conference, AFP, 92Y, CiviCRM User Summit, PA Council on the Arts, Michigan Festivals & Event Annual Conference.  Sean serves as the Marketing Chairperson for the Hamilton District Main Street program in Allentown and is a Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee for the Upside Allentown initiative. He also blogs a artsmarketingblog.org.  You can follow Sean on Twitter @skingaspire. Sean resides with his wife Natalie and son Haydn in the global crossroads of Fogelsville, Pa.