Art Biz guru Alyson Stanfield talks about Reverse Paranoia in her Art Biz blog entry for Sunday Dec. 4th, addressing generosity in sharing information. Typically she seems to nudge things I've already got on my mind.
Sometimes even artists have to deal with management issues -
This week I've been forced to reevaluate the way I structure some informal - but energy consuming - mentoring I've been doing and the structure and makeup of my support system.
So Alyson's entry comes at an interesting time for me professionally and personally.I've always tried to be generous in what I offer people with whom I come in contact, so the shakeup I've had to do has been painful on a personal level.
Beyond that, I just don't like to disappoint people; regardless of reason.
The process of making changes
has reminded me of the importance for me and probably any of us who are self employed - or what they new media calls solo-preneurs - to know what priorities are going to guide us every day.
I don't think I really appreciated how vital it was - not just to make conscious decisions about goals- but to apply those to even the most informal project or process. This is hard for the artist side of my brain to manage, but I know it's got to be a priority.
It seems like interesting timing, I also came across Dave Grey's entry talking about the painful parts of changing staff at Communication Nation.
In the end I hope the result will be positive
as I chat with a hand-full of potential interns this week. We need to make sure that everyone has the same expectations about the scope and goals for that.
I always try to look forward -
and this time it's looking forward to reading more about what Alyson has to share in her Art Marketing Action newsletter.
And I'll be pouring over more of David's thoughts and insights as well. He's got some wonderful stuff on thinking and communication styles among other things. Well worth more than a passing glance.