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A good museum makes
“a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives.”
Stephen E. Weil
Making Museums Matter, 2002


From Wendy Luke


“People frequently find out when you have talked about them behind their backs. So if you’re not happy with a person’s performance, talk directly to him/her. Give him/her the chance to succeed.”



“Don’t think lean and mean. Think lean and keen.”



“Feedback happens even when you are not aware that you’re giving i.t”

Luke Weil & Associates Recommended Reading


Stephen E. Weil on Museums

Stephen’s essays and case studies are provocative and insightful, easily readable, and required reading for museum professionals.

Making Museums Matter

Where museums fit in this world.

A Cabinet of Curiosities

What makes your collection special.

Beauty and the Beasts

Keeps you legal.

A Deaccession Reader

Making your collection better and better.

Rethinking the Museum

Encouraging museums to put their collections, facilities, scholarly and technical expertise, and high community prestige to better use.


Reinventing the Museum, Historical and Contemporary
Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift

Gail Anderson

Make your museum a high-quality, relevant institution.

The New Museum

John Cotton Dana

Learn from an early museum master about informal learning in museums, collaboration among museums, schools and libraries, and the importance of connecting program decisions to the needs and interests of the community.

The Museum Experience

John Falk and Dierking Lynn

See the visitor’s eye view of a museum visit.

Institutional Trauma: Major Change in Museums and
Its Effect on Staff

Elaine Heumann Gurian

Nine case studies on how museums have faced and
managed major change.

Museums and the Paradox of Change

Robert Janes

A case study in urgent adaptation.

Museum Governance

Marie Malaro

Strong Boards of Trustees know the principles of nonprofit governance and handle the situations they frequently confront.

Goal Setting & Growth

The Path of Least Resistance

Robert Fritz

Helps you to create and stay focused on your vision to make it happen.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

Robert Maurer

It’s the small and important steps you can make that can really move you forward.

Time Management

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

A fresh way of getting control of the chaos and disarray in your office and life.

Transitions and Change

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

William Bridges

Change is inevitable: make change work for you and your organization.

Managing at the Speed of Change

Daryl Conner

Some of us readily accept change, others don’t. Learn to help yourself and others.

Champions of Change

David A. Nadler

Insights into how CEOs lead change efforts – successfully and not so successfully.


Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Keith Ferrazzi with Tahl Raz

When you want to be motivated to make and build contacts, network, make people connections, build and sustain professional relationships, and build a Rolodex of trusted sources for information.

Make Your Contacts Count (Networking Know-how for Business and Success)

Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

A practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating ,and capitalizing on networking opportunities and relationships.


Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, & Sheila Heen

The truth, delivered in the right way, will move you, others, and your organization forward.

Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook for a New Workplace

Claire Raines

Be able to talk to boomers, Xers, Ys, Milleniums – whether they are your clients, colleagues, staff, collegues, Board, visitors, or other stakeholders.


The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling

Stephen Denning

Learn how to use the right story to build support, sell your ideas, and facilitate change.

Political Savvy: Systematic Approaches to Leadership Behind-the-Scenes

Joel R. DeLuca

Political smarts, not manipulation, ensures that you share information, in the right sequence, to get the results you want.

Managing Up, Managing Down

Mary Ann Allison & Eric Allison

When you or someone you are coaching needs a reminder that effective employees, bosses, peers, and subordinates manage up, down, and across.

The Effective Executive

Peter F. Drucker

An oldie but goodie: learn how to spend your time for the greatest good of your organization.

Good to Great and the Social Sectors [Monograph]

Jim Collins

“Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

Jim Collins

Perspectives on great companies; it’s the healthy ones that make it big.

First, Break All the Rules

Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

There’s a great employee survey in this book that can provide you with insights on how healthy your department/division/company/organization is.

Creating and Sustaining Teams

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni

He helps you obtain perspective on where your team may be dropping the ball.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

Concrete skills, to-do lists, and what not-to-do for retaining employees. (A good way to reduce the high cost of replacing employees.)

Employee/Customer Care

Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most

Sybil F Stershic

Helps you maximize your internal communications to strengthen employee performance, commitment, and how they serve your external stakeholders.