For Managers

I made a tip sheet for leaders for my November 2014 conference session (“Worst. Job. Ever?”) and you can download it here: Joyful Museums handout#2 Leaders

Read these books

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

When this was first published in 2009, it was groundbreaking. I think parts of it still are, but, regardless, I’d read anything by Dan Pink. He is smart and straightforward, passing on what he knows to you, end of story. Every manager should read this book and give serious consideration as to how they can integrate it into the work place.

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

It is important to read this book, not to be convinced by Sandberg’s arguments, but simply to just know what they are. I lent my copy to a 25 year old coworker who summed it up perfectly: “It is depressing to be a woman in the workforce.” What challenges are the women in your office facing?

  • Joy, Inc by Richard Sheridan


  • Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement by Anne Bergeron and Beth Tuttle (I’m in the middle of reading it right now!)


Bookmark these websites

Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day (There’s also an app)

ROI calculator — How much money will increasing employee happiness at your organization save you?

Workplace Bullying Institute —  65 million Americans have either witnessed or experienced workplace bullying. It is no doubt happening right now at your museum. Here are some resources to help you and your staff deal with the issue.

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Assess the scene

Why you should care

Your leadership style

How to make change

Work/life balance

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