Author: Mike Cosden

Monday Managed: Priorities, Priorities

I’ve followed Joel Runyon, author of the Impossible blog, for a few years now. He’s consistently doing, well, the impossible, from running an ultra marathon to giving away over $100,000. In any event, he has great insights into clarifying what tasks or priorities are most critical to spend our resources on– chiefly among them, time.

Warning: Super nerdy matrix ahead.

Identify those difficult, important things, and get to it:

https://impossiblehq.com/quit-or-keep-going/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+BlogOfImpossibleThings+(Blog+Of+Impossible+Things)

Belated but Great: A Year End Reading List

Normally year end wrap ups are kind of dull and kind of irrelevant: if you’re following closely enough to read them, you may already be aware of most of the content. This one’s different!

Maybe you’re familiar with The Art of Relevance, but I’d wager there’s half a dozen other great entries that passed you by in 23

.2016.

ExhibiTricks does it again:1

http://blog.orselli.net/2016/12/the-2016-exhibitricks-picks-for-your.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Exhibitricks+%28ExhibiTricks%3A+A+Museum%2FExhibit%2FDesign+Blog%29

Monday Managed: Getting Deep

How much of your day is mixed up in meetings? If you’re new to management, or working in the context of a more corporate or bureaucratic structure, it’s probably a good slice of the pie. If you’re finding you aren’t as productive as you were before you entered the age of back-to-back meetings, the concept of deep work might be of interest.

There’s a lot more to the subject, but the best deep work sound bite I’ve been able to incorporate is to schedule a meeting-free time every day, and do nothing else but take a deep dive into an ongoing project.

Some practitioners recommend no meetings before lunch, but in the real world… let’s get real. More here:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/269805

Creating Culture: Venting About Visitors

AASLH ran a great piece on ensuring your institution creates a culture free of negative “behind the scenes” feedback. If it seems to run counter to intuition (doesn’t venting have a time and place?), consider the concept of working to create an intentional institutional culture:

“When we on-board new staff, I make sure to tell them they will have a unique perspective on social norms and our visiting public. They will have days that try their patience. The will have days that make them pull their hair and worry about the future of education. But they will also have days filled with wonder and amazement that restore their faith in humanity. It’s these days that we should be sharing. We need to very intentionally make this the core of our team building and sharing.”

More here:

http://blogs.aaslh.org/guests-are-people-too-avoiding-toxic-venting-behind-the-scenes/

Embodying Innovation

Great Advice from an Incredible Institution

“Thou shall have no greater god than visitors. 
Thou shall treat visitors like royalty, but thou shall not overestimate their interest or attention span. Visitors are not as interested as we like to think they are. Like life, communications with visitors is short, but staff’s list of meaningful, critically important topics to share is long—too long. Edit them.”

Get the other nine commandments here:

http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2017/01/thou-shall-not-paint-concrete-guest.html

Monday Managed: Advice for Rookie Managers

Monday Managed: Radical Candor or Ruinous Empathy?

This is a great article from First Round Review, a site I’ve found has lots to offer anyone in a position where they manage others or are managed by someone else– that should cover just about everyone. This particular article features some great quadrant graphics; who doesn’t love those?

See if you have the appropriate candor to self-identify your own management style; I can certainly identify decisions that have been made in the dreaded “ruinous empathy” zone. Not all of the suggestions are viable for everyone, obviously, but it’s a great piece for self-reflection, if nothing else:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/radical-candor-the-surprising-secret-to-being-a-good-boss-1113686406

Museums and Social Media: SnapChat

This article, and accompanying hour-long webinar, showcases some good ideas on using SnapChat in the museum setting. There are lots of art museums on board; I wonder who’s used it well in the context of a history, science or historic house museum? Many of the ideas are quite portable:

https://aamd.org/snapchat

Historic Perspectives on Technology