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Harpreet Kaur

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerI have developed a strong interest in Intercultural projects and programmes encouraging understanding and appreciation of different cultures and the world. Working with passionate people with a desire to make a difference, make the biggest impact possible with the resources available, making a difference to the lives of people young and old through the arts, using the power of creativity to make the world a more pleasureable, interesting and worthwhile place. Using the arts to tackle social problems and conflicts that exist in the modern world.

QuestionWhich leadership development programme did you attend?

AnswerPILP placement, Associate Producer, Beijing Modern Dance Company, China November 2008 – April 2009

QuestionWhy did you choose the programme?

AnswerI have had a strong interest in international arts and a desire to learn and develop my craft by observing and working within a completely different cultural and social context. I knew this would be a challenge and I wanted to exchange working models and practices with another country, as well as recognise my own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. China is a fascinating country and the arts sector there is developing rapidly, and I wanted to observe and be a part of this. This placement came at a crucial stage in my development and has acted as a springboard to a more international career that I aspire to gain over the next few years.

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerWalking for miles with my ipod, driving, cooking, bubble baths, visiting art galleries, taking photos, socialising with friends, dreaming about different parts of the world I want to visit.

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerNot sure as I love it!

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerAt the moment I don´t believe in fears, we all have various strengths and weaknesses and no one is perfect. If you put your mind to it and have a good heart you really can accomplish anything you want. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

QuestionWhat pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?

AnswerWork and play hard with honesty and integrity, and listen to the voice within. Have an open heart and mind and believe.

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerDelicious foods and wines on a daily basis!

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?

AnswerKnow what I mean? Oh my god!

QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerNot having the language skills to communicate with an entire creative team.

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

AnswerThe right attitude and non verbal communication go further than you think, keep smiling and find inventive ways to get around a problem.

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerPlotting and carrying out travel adventures around the world, meeting new and diverse cultures and experiencing new ways of living and eating!

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerViva South America! A Journey Through a Restless Continent by Oliver Balch

QuestionWhich 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?

AnswerGandhi, for remaining calm, focussed and completely passionate about his beliefs and thinking until the end. For his selflessness and consideration of humanity.

QuestionWhere would you like to live?

AnswerMelbourne, Berlin, New York, and many more...

Question Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?

AnswerFor sure, there were many that took me back to my childhood, helped me understand my heritage and identity, clarified challenges that had taken place in previous jobs I had had and projects I had worked on, as well as many more on a personal level through focusing on emotional intelligence and my communication skills.

QuestionWhat is your favourite smell?

AnswerPlain chocolate, red wine, freshly brewed coffee, paint!

QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?

AnswerTo read people´s minds

QuestionHave you found your leadership development beneficial?

AnswerExtremely so

Question Why?

AnswerIt has helped me clarify what I want from my career and how to get it, and given me the confidence and tools to fly and live my dreams.

QuestionFor what cause would you die?

AnswerFor the sake of humanity.

QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerGrabbing my back pack to travel around the world independently.

QuestionWhat has been your most embarrassing moment?

AnswerHhhhmmmm....not sure on this one!

QuestionWhat would your 'leadership' motto be?

AnswerFeel the fear and do it anyway!

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

Answerdiary, lighter, chocolate, sun block, a man!

QuestionWhat is your favourite song?

AnswerToo many to mention, Girl from Ipanema

QuestionWhat keeps you awake at night?

AnswerThinking about how much I have to accomplish the following day

QuestionWhat is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

AnswerNot to allow my dreams and aspirations to be affected by other people´s negativity and criticism.

QuestionDo you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?

AnswerLeadership development is an ongoing process, one that we can work on independantly on a daily basis. I have the tools to continue this on my own but also plan to take up any opportunities that come my way, we learn a lot from working with each other and sharing experiences and stories.


Harpreet Kaur

Name: Harpreet Kaur
Title: Arts Projects Manager/Producer
Organisation: Harpreet Kaur Creative
Location: West Midlands, England/International

Working with arts and cultural organisations to manage and produce creative projects working with artists, the community, education and performance venues, as well as marketing and audience development.