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.