24 Months|105 Weeks|17250 Hours is a blog by Julianne Brienza, CEO/Founder of Capital Fringe based in Washington, DC. Posting running through August 2020 will explore the varied aspects of defining the organizational evolution and structure of a annual Fringe festival to a year round organization through photos and narrative.    

Toughen Part 3

Toughen Part 3

 I bought this butterfly from local musician Marian McLaughlin as visual to remind and encourage myself of the  Butterfly School journey  I am on. Marian did all the art work music for her new album  Lake Accotink . The album and the art work are magnificent.

I bought this butterfly from local musician Marian McLaughlin as visual to remind and encourage myself of the Butterfly School journey I am on. Marian did all the art work music for her new album Lake Accotink. The album and the art work are magnificent.

In any good exercise regime there are times when your muscles are sore and all you want to do is quit. You push through and arrive on the other side stronger. In the past couple of weeks, I keep coming back to this idea.  

For me, capacity and time are becoming stretched thin and scarce. Efficiency in everything I do is becoming a necessity. Of course, these are not uncommon things to experience working at a non-profit or small business—par for the course, so to speak.

In speaking with my Board Chair, he came straight out and told me that next year I need to expect to be working 60-70 hours per week. Again, this is nothing new for me—I don’t count up my hours. However, there is nothing like your Board Chair stating this as fact.

I feel especially “muscle sore” when we are speaking about anything construction related. I will not make a decision or really express an opinion unless I consult with an “expert”. Again, this is new territory for me.  Right now, all decisions regarding construction seem very subjective--like there are probably three or four ways to approach X but in order to make the best decision possible, you need to know the next 10 to 20 steps in the sequence.

I know as things progress the relationship with the Project Management team will develop and both trust and rapport with be established. There are three major progress and planning meetings set for December and early January. This will help establish the schedule and budget for the project. While we have rough ideas for both, it is now time to make it real. So, working through the sore muscles. 

I am also in the midst of prepping for our Annual Meeting on December 10. We have a lot of work ahead of us in regards to Board health. We have held off on recruiting new board members for the past three years. It seemed like the best decision at the time due to uncertainty and the risk involved in what we were trying to accomplish. But now is the time and a critical objective that the Board must tackle in the next six months.

I did finally get the proposed 2019 operating budget into a good place this week but there are still so many unknowns--venues, exact festival dates and so on. I have just opted to not make up assumptions and instead, set a budget amendment by May.  There is one thing in the budget that is revolutionary for us at Fringe. I have been wanting to take the time for about four-five years to work on this specific math story problem. Well, I took the time this year! I’ll wait to say what it is until the budget is approved – as it could possibly get pulled out, but I am hopeful that it’s good to go!     

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Finally, I am starting to plan the depth and shape of our community town hall meetings with Dawne. It feels a little surreal. I have had this idea drafted for three years and now it is time to execute. I am quite jazzed about what I think we will learn and experience during the town halls. Look for the dates and times to be announced just before the new year.  All town halls will take place between January and April.

Venues, Venues, Venues. Space, Space, Space.

Venues, Venues, Venues. Space, Space, Space.