Last month i shared how we put our business plan on one page. A number of people asked, great, what’s next? How do you use it in practice?

I had no real plan for how we’d use it, but in mid-August, 1/8th through the year, i thought i’d start playing…

Business Plans suck. I have complained about them my whole career. Now I’m the CEO, can i do better?

The weight

The shortest Business Plan (BP) i’d ever seen ran to about 15 pages. It pre-ambled with strategy / brand / vision, and then had ‘strands’ under which there were lengthy dot…

Every museum post i wrote, i had an idea of its possible audiences. I had a sense of who my find it useful. But now, i don’t know who that might be. So it’s part self-reflection, part the post i wish i’d had, a 400 days ago.

But here’s the…

And for my last Museum Musings post, I’m sharing a section of Museums Victoria’s Exhibition Development Guide. All work is done by people; methodologies get nothing done alone, they must be enacted. So this is the section of the Guide that’s about enabling through culture and roles.

Versions of this…

I’m obsessed with this, despite leaving the sector for a new role. So, here’s my last ranty personal perspective / helpful insight [delete as appropriate].

Museums (galleries, heritage spaces etc) exists to have a range of beneficial impacts on people, now and in the future. These include entertainment, education, financial…

Thanks to Robert J Weisberg’s tweet just now, a quick post.

I’ve never felt so seen at reading this; the concept of facilitating across silos is something I value, and have had some success at doing and enabling in others. Silos are inevitable in any GLAM organisation. Scale, complexity…

You have an awesome team in place, an idea of what the project is, and you’re starting on the long road to deliver. What’s the best way to keep the project heading in the right direction, on time, on budget, widely supported and, you know, impactful? Here are some hints…

How do you get your brand-spanking-new exhibition/gallery/museum to open successfully? You tweak the lighting one last time, toss the keys vaguely towards a front of house team member and head to the party, right? I mean, you can do that, but there are better ways.

I’ve always advocated for a…

This symposium was held 5–6 Dec 2019 at the Canadian Museum of History/Musée Canadien de L’Histoire (CMH) in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada. Thanks to Maureen Ward and the Symposium team for inviting me to speak.

A chilly -3 degrees C outside, but snug and acoustically perfect inside the theatre, a few hundred…

Yesterday I joined in the quote-tweet trend:

I’ve been asked to say a little more, but as a swerve, I’ll begin with school uniforms.

My kids’ school is a little obsessive about school uniforms — their view is that it promotes pride, reduces bullying, and a sense of common…

Paul Bowers

Purpose first, then developing people, culture and systems to better deliver. @reneworgau, formerly @acmi @museumsvictoria @railwaymuseum @NHM_London. he/him

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