Happy Anniversary!


Dear Readers,

Believe it or not, this is our 100th post so we want to begin by thanking each and every one of you. From 2013, when we had only 823 views, we have grown. A lot. In just four months of 2016, we reached 25, 712 views. So whoever you are and wherever you are, many thanks. You are part of a community of museum and nonprofit folks from 95 different countries who all share an interest in leadership.

As a way of saying thank you, we will send a copy of Leadership Matters (Alta Mira, 2013) to the four readers who send us the most compelling leadership challenges for future posts by May 15th. We need more than a one-word suggestion so take your time, and describe the questions and issues you would like to read about. You can reply by commenting on this post or to leadershipmatters1213@gmail.com. Please include your name and address as well.

Next, we would like to offer the opportunity for a guest post. If you work in the museum or non-profit world and have something to say about leadership, let us know. Please email us at leadershipmatters1213@gmail.com with some background on who you are, what you do, a brief writing sample, and an topic or theme.

We’ll close by saying how important courage is, in leadership, and daily life. It is so easy not to act, not to speak up, not to respond. To be self-protective. But change comes from a multitude of individuals acting differently as easily as it does from one dynamic leader. We work in a wonderful field, and we owe it to our institutions and to each other, to advocate for all our colleagues, to be kind, to mentor, and to, frankly, enjoy work.

Joan Baldwin & Anne Ackerson









2 Comments on “Happy Anniversary!”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for all of your work on this blog. I really find it useful. Mentoring is often mentioned in your posts, but in my (admittedly limited) experience, I haven’t seen good examples of this. I don’t hear it being talked about at museum conferences that often, and AAM’s resource page on the topic is pretty sad. What should mentoring look like in our field? What role, if any, should museum associations play? Museum boards? What are the best methods for finding a mentor or mentee? Any great case studies, research, or resources on this topic? If someone is passionate about this topic, what might be the best way to bring about change? If preparing the next generation of leaders is not a compelling topic, I don’t know what is.

    • Elizabeth–
      Thank you for your response. We’ve actually done quite a bit of thinking about mentoring in connection with our new book Women|Museums, Routledge 2016, so we will delve into this subject in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you want to send us your mailing address–home or work–to leadershipmatters1213@gmail.com, we’ll get a copy of Leadership Matters off to you ASAP.
      Thank you,
      Joan & Anne

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