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Nailed It/Failed It: Risks and Rewards of Failure


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A year of planning. Stressed-out staff. Little or no profit. Now what? Sometimes the secret to success is in an epic failure. Three museum professionals map the road to success through detours of risks and failures. We will spark innovation and find success by identifying the best time for risk-taking, understanding the value of failing, and creating tangible evaluation with outcome-focused goals to turn colossal mistakes
into successes.

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Nailed It/Failed It: Risks and Rewards of Failure

  1. 1. Presenters Dulce Kertsing-Lark Amber Beierle Hillary Spencer
  2. 2.  Idaho kid  Historic Sites Administrator, Idaho State Historical Society  History Field, 14 years
  3. 3.  Frightened Felons - Know your history (risk review) - “Let’s go for it…”
  4. 4.  The Almost Failure - I didn’t plan for that - Shake your shoulders moment - 10 years later…
  5. 5.  Adaptability - Let them drink Squawky - Well what CAN we do
  6. 6.  The Almost Success - Evaluation - Not this, but something else - Scalability - Build and trust your brand
  7. 7. • The Snowball • Life forces the issue
  8. 8. • Conduct a Risk Review – Why is risk discouraged? Why is this risk different? • The Champion/Cheerleader - Do you need an example or are YOU the example? • Plan to Be Surprised – Allow yourself to accept the unexpected as inevitable. • Baseball not marksmanship - Failure is expected, risk is encouraged, success is measured.
  9. 9.  Sing karaoke with your staff
  10. 10. Worried that you’ll loose your street (museum) cred? Are you worried about the financial repercussions? Are you worried about looking silly? Are you worried about loosing influence?
  11. 11. How do we decide what risks to take?
  12. 12. AM I A RISK TAKER?!?!?!
  13. 13. LONG TERM RELATIONS HIPS.... I am a museum lifer, I can’t be a risk taker.
  15. 15. Fill in the blank for you personally or your agency  I will never do _______________again because ___________________.  I can do ______________________again but I need to _______________________ next time.  If I took this _______________risk I would be a better _____________ because _______________.