I’ve been doing a lot of listening lately.
In August I interviewed community bankers in places like Lancaster and
I spent much of last week’s AASLH meeting in
Here’s a sampling of what I heard from the directors, educators, board members, interpreters, site managers, and CEOs who stopped by our booth:
My biggest challenge is...
- Trying to get a dysfunctional board to develop a plan
- A CEO who just doesn’t get it
- Engaging the board, especially in fundraising
- An inherited staff
- Dealing with the “founder’s syndrome”
- Getting return visitation from local, non-members
- A community that doesn’t know what a treasure they have in their own backyard
I wake up in a cold sweat at night...
- Afraid that the project I’ve been trying to get going just won’t happen
- Wondering how I can overcome the attitude “We’ve never done it that way.”
- Thinking about my dysfunctional board—micromanagers who lack commitment
- Worried about our poor/non-existent marketing and promotion
- Feeling anguish over the closing of historic sites in the future
- Because we’re undercapitalized