Lead Like Artist

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Tom says artists and creative professionals have what it takes to lead excellently in the public sector.

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Lead Like Artist

  1. 1. “ Lead Like an Artist”
  2. 2. WHAT DOES A GOOD LEADER DO?
  3. 3. We don’t think much of our current leaders… Source: The Gallup Poll
  4. 4. U.S. leaders don’t look much like us… In 2004 there were 7,382 elected state representatives 85% had business backgrounds 7% were educators 1.5% had broadcast backgrounds Guess what % were artists or cultural workers? Zero. Goose egg!
  5. 5. Guess what? Artists are leaders!
  6. 6. WHAT DO ARTISTS, CULTURAL WORKERS AND CREATIVITY CHAMPIONS HAVE THAT QUALIFY THEM FOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR?
  7. 7. Passion <ul><li>Passion and Persistence to do, to succeed, to do the impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Dedication </li></ul>
  8. 8. Out of the Frame Thinking <ul><li>Outrageous question-asking </li></ul><ul><li>Seeks contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Open to the new </li></ul><ul><li>Build on tradition and solid technique but not wedded to precedent </li></ul>
  9. 9. Empathy <ul><li>Able and Eager to see world through another’s Eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional receptivity, intelligence, resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective and proportion </li></ul>
  10. 10. Truth Seeking <ul><li>Truth Seeking </li></ul><ul><li>Truth Telling </li></ul><ul><li>Truth Wondering </li></ul>
  11. 11. Intrinsic Value <ul><li>Recognize and respect non-financial measures of value </li></ul><ul><li>Impractical </li></ul><ul><li>Gift giver </li></ul>
  12. 12. Creativity <ul><li>Create something from “nothing” </li></ul><ul><li>Maker, Doer </li></ul><ul><li>Private vision to public reality </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sharing <ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Additive </li></ul><ul><li>Ensemble building </li></ul>
  14. 14. WHAT DO ARTISTS, CULTURAL WORKERS AND CREATIVITY CHAMPIONS HAVE THAT QUALIFY THEM FOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR? P = Passion O = Out of the frame thinking E = Empathy T = Truth seeking I = Intrinsic value C = Creativity S = Sharing
  15. 15. Your first step… Creativity Champion! Declare yourself a..
  16. 16. Take the Pledge “ I hereby declare that I (say your name) as of [today’s date] am a Creativity Champion and that I will stand up for creativity, innovation, new ideas and an open mind at home, at work and in my community.” Creativity Champion!
  17. 17. <ul><li>work in a neighborhood organization </li></ul><ul><li>lend your ideas and energy to a local cause </li></ul><ul><li>participate inside a chamber of commerce </li></ul><ul><li>lead inside your church’s social action committee </li></ul><ul><li>organizer voter registration drives at cultural spaces </li></ul><ul><li>organize “Arts for Jones” political committees/events </li></ul><ul><li>organize candidate forums and accountability sessions </li></ul>Always as a Creativity Champion! CIVIC ENGAGEMENT MENU…
  18. 18. Run, Baby, Run! <ul><li>LOCAL OFFICE : </li></ul><ul><li>School board </li></ul><ul><li>Library board </li></ul><ul><li>City Council </li></ul>
  19. 19. Creatives Elected to Local Office
  20. 20. Guy Padgett, City Councilman Casper, Wyoming
  21. 21. Guy was openly gay and Executive Director of WSO when first elected, He was trained as designer and had worked in museum education…
  22. 22. Early accomplishment was establishing fixed route bus line.
  23. 23. Cara Jennings, City Commissioner Lake Worth, Florida
  24. 24. Cara was a longtime anarchist and environmental activist!
  25. 25. Hell no we won't Hell no we won't Hell no we won't Go there with those tired old chants My activism is more like a rant A rant of rage of resistance This system I speak out against. One, two, three, four Boring protest no more five, six, seven, eight Resistance let's activate No justice Here's a piece of my mind No justice A piece of my behind No justice Piece it together you'll find Radical cheerleaders on the frontline One of the founders of the Radical Cheerleaders
  26. 26. Maurice Cox, Former Mayor Charlottesville, Virginia Architect, designer, university professor
  27. 27. 2001 Comprehensive Plan Used communication skills to lead community through multi-year plan process…impacted every aspect of built environment in the city.
  28. 28. In the poor black community of Bayview, hundreds of miles from Charlottesville, Cox helped lead a six-year, $10 million effort to rebuild the village. He organized town meetings and involved residents in every major planning decision, from determining which houses to bulldoze to outlining the project's final scope and character. Today, Bayview is becoming a national model for community-led design. &quot;Maurice gave people a voice,&quot; says Bryan Bell, founder of Design Corps, a nonprofit architecture firm that builds affordable housing. &quot;Bayview is a self-determined community of people who [once] lacked self-determination. The signature of this place is theirs.&quot; Images from “Design Like You Give A Damn,” Text from Fast Company #83.
  29. 29. Create. Act. Vote. RUN! What are you waiting for?
  30. 30. 312-804-3230 [email_address] www.tresser.com

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