A highlight of my working year has to be the Museums Association’s ‘Festival of Change’, a discrete yet integral strand to this year’s MA Annual Conference in Manchester and for me, a thing of curiosity and wonder.
As someone who has been working closely this year with the MA’s mid career leadership programme, MATransformers, and as a long standing exponent of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion training for organisations in its various guises, I’ve been convinced, thanks to working alongside Jess Turtle, Hilary Carty and the rest of the MATransformers team, by the power of radical action and intervention, especially when driven by those with a lived experience of discrimination, delivering how it really is, in creative, accessible and pertinent ways. …
At the end of this month I will be taking a week long development trip to Seoul — a new venture for me and an opportunity to explore new leadership territory alongside British Council colleagues in Seoul working with prospective partners in arts culture, museums and heritage in the city. As part of this I will be meeting and working with disabled artists to give them a taster of Sync — a leadership programme, developed a decade back with Jo Verrent which have has successfully rolled out in both the UK and Australia.
Having just finished the first sets of delivery for Museums Association for their Transformers programme, I am even more convinced as to the power of leadership learning and coaching in combination to shift individual’s thinking in what they can do on their terms, pushing their own careers forwards, confident in their individual authentic leadership styles.