It’s time to talk about toxic loyalty

“I’m miserable in my job, but I can’t leave until I finish this major project in two years.” “I keep thinking that my next boss will be better.” “I feel terrible about leaving my staff behind in this terrible situation.” We probably all have a friend that has said something like this. And for thoseContinue reading “It’s time to talk about toxic loyalty”

The joys of data

It’s nice to be proven right. Way back in 2010, back when I was the Director of Education and Gary was still running things, Dallas Heritage Village went through a strategic planning process. The recession was crushing us, and we knew we needed to make some dramatic changes. We made a few key decisions thatContinue reading “The joys of data”

I don’t know where to start

  When people ask me: “What’s going on at DHV?” my standard reply has become: “Where do you want me to start?” It’s partly a joke, and partly a way to gauge what they’re actually interested in (or if they’re just being polite) and partly the honest truth: I just don’t know where to start.Continue reading “I don’t know where to start”

Of Beer and Neighbors: Welcoming Four Corners Brewing to the Cedars

On Friday, I had the most meaningful beer I’ve ever had. Most of you know what’s happening in the Cedars. Back in 2014, a lot of major buildings on Ervay (one of DHV’s borders) changed hands–with significant redevelopment plans. Promises were made with projected opening dates of 2016. All of those buildings remain quiet forContinue reading “Of Beer and Neighbors: Welcoming Four Corners Brewing to the Cedars”

Lessons from Fair Park

It seems everyone in Dallas is talking about Fair Park right now. And it’s not just the usual fried food anticipation that comes with every State Fair season. A few weeks ago, an old friend asked me on Facebook “Will you explain the Fair Park issue to me like I’m five years old? I don’tContinue reading “Lessons from Fair Park”

More Answers

You would think after two+ years, the questions would have stopped. “Why are you being so nice to Vogel Alcove?” “Where’s the money in community involvement?” “Why do you go to so many neighborhood meetings?’ There are a lot of very good answers to these questions, some of which I’ve addressed in previous blog posts.Continue reading “More Answers”

Partly Cloudy: Museum Success Stories

The black clouds are all around us, and sometimes it seems that the history museum world is doomed. Historic house museums are dying. Major debt looms. Buildings are crumbling. Audiences are aging. Staff are running away as fast as they can. Government support is yanked. And here I sit, just over 2 years into leadingContinue reading “Partly Cloudy: Museum Success Stories”