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December 5, 2016
Creative Ways of Saying No

For some, saying “no” is a challenge unlike any other. Here are a few of our preferred approaches for saying “no” nicely and professionally. Feel free to adopt the vocabulary and make it your own. Practicing in the mirror (or […]

December 1, 2016
December 2016 Tasks

Message from Elaine As 2016 crawls to a close, we wanted to focus on protecting creative, personal, and professional boundaries, particularly with the holiday season in mind. As desperately as we all crave community and support from those who value […]

November 28, 2016
Arts Orgs
A Process for Hiring Help

Occasionally, artists will ask me about a process for finding support. Usually, this comes up in the context of a solo-preneur wanting to hire his or her first employee (a sort of general assistant/marketing person), but the same process can […]

November 21, 2016
Arts Orgs
Niceworking. It Isn’t Awful.

One of the best headlines I’ve seen this year was in Inc. magazine. It said, “The Most Creative Types are Introverts. And Extroverts.”   I absolutely love the absurdist contradiction contained – and in fact emphasized – in that headline. […]

November 14, 2016
Minerva News
Advisors & Experts: What You Need to Know

Last week we talked about building a core community of support – your own “dream team” of mentors, advocates, and technical experts who support your creativity.   In the not-for-profit world, such support often exists for free in the form […]

November 7, 2016
Minerva News
Building A Dream Team

Remember the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team? The team was called in increasingly grandiose terms “the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet” (Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame) and “the greatest sports team ever assembled” (Bob Costas). It […]

November 1, 2016
November 2016 Tasks

  Message From Elaine People can be awful, can’t they? Never has that been more evident than in this political season. Stories about troubled relationships, tense family exchanges, and neighborly grudges fill our news feeds. It would be easy to […]

October 31, 2016
Arts Orgs
Docs to Keep Handy

It is really hard to manage time when things keep changing. And in a creative career, everything is always changing. Rarely do two projects look exactly the same. (Thank goodness.) Rarely do two clients want exactly the same thing. Rarely […]

October 24, 2016
The Secret to Time Management

Spoiler alert: There is no secret to time management. Oh sure, there are plenty of “secrets” each more life-hacky than the one before. But if you’re looking for a secret that comes with an embedded definite article (THE secret, THE […]

October 17, 2016
Room to Breathe

I often ask my students to read “The ‘Busy’ Trap,” a delightful personal essay by Tim Kreider about the temptation to rely on our own busyness, whether actual or self-imposed, as a “hedge against emptiness” or a confirmation of our […]

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