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The last week has been a wild ride for many of us in the United States and abroad.  A wrench was thrown into my normal (although never regular) schedule of museum visits, research design, and conference attendance.  All of a sudden, I became a substitute classroom teacher to a first grader, all the while practicing...
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In recent years, self-care has emerged as a compelling idea among museum practitioners.  The sentiment is that, like so many in the not-for-profit world, museum workers are deeply passionate about the work they do and too often, they are overworked and feel underappreciated (and underpaid).  Burnout is high, and the need to take care of...
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Happy Valentine’s Day!  As many of you know, the idiom “Less is More” is attributed to minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I am grateful to him for coining the phrase and inspiring me to adopt it into my Intentional Practice.  Intentional Practice has two important guiding beliefs, both of which are hard to...
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RK&A is excited to announce that Randi Korn will be giving the Keynote Address at the Small Museum Association Conference in College Park, Maryland next week, February 17!  This year, the SMA conference theme is “Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage: Museums as Catalysts for Social Change.” In the Keynote, Randi will explain the...
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With the new year in swing, I have jumped into professional development mode.  I was gifted a subscription to MasterClass and have been watching lessons on business leadership and strategy by Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney.  His advice and experience immediately resonated with me.  He relishes the solitude of morning hours to prepare for...
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As we come to the end of 2019 and RK&A’s 30th anniversary blog series, I’d like to share one final post.  To prepare, I re-read each RK&A at 30 blog post.  What staff wrote reveals a lot about who they are as people and how working as an evaluator has affected their growth. What strikes...
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Recently, I listened to the audiobook “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men”—a must read/listen if you like data and are interested in UX design.  The author, Caroline Criado Perez, writes about a data gap that disadvantages women in many facets of their life.  One point that particularly grabbed me was the...
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When Stephanie asked me to write a post about what I have learned over the many years I have been working with museums, my brain froze.  I found this a tough assignment to tackle, mostly because I have learned so much.  After thinking about it for weeks, I felt compelled to list all the cool...
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A few weeks ago, I attended one of six in-person regional workshops offered by IMLS for potential grantees to learn about the grant programs for museums. This year the applications for all six grant programs are due on the same day, November 15. As an evaluation firm, RK&A does not apply for grants, but we...
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I’ve had the pleasure of reading my colleagues’ RK&A at 30 reflections over the past few months before sitting down to write my own.  Even still, it’s been tough to distill my feelings about my own personal growth into words.  As Stephanie said, recognizing learning is hard because it is often non-linear and happens slowly...
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