Museum Management Mad Lib

Hey museum executive directors, CEOs, and department heads: Have you ever wondered what your staff is really thinking about their jobs, your leadership, and the institution overall? Well, we here at the American Hysterical Society have developed an advanced psychological assessment tool that quickly and accurately determines the staff’s state of mind regarding just about every aspect of their work. We are now pleased to share with the field our (patent pending) museum management mad lib mood measure (you can tell this is designed specifically for museums because it’s alliterative).

While a mad lib might seem like a game, it’s serious surveying. Simply have your staff fill out the mad lib below using the first word that comes to mind for each blank space and collect them before they have time to rethink their answers. When reviewing their surveys stay alert for ambiguous words like “committed” and “interesting” which seem pleasant, but generally indicate that the staff is either unfocused or uncooperative. Remember, you will have to read between the lines. In fact, your staff will appreciate it more if you do.

And now, without further ado, we are pleased to present…

The Museum Management Mad Lib Mood Measure, or What a ________ Idea!

I could have chosen to be a(n) ________(occupation), but instead I decided to work at a museum, which was a(n) ________(adjective) decision. Currently, I work at a(n)________(adjective) museum. My job is very _________(adjective) to the museum because I spend my time doing ________(adjective) things. My supervisor is a(n) ________(adjective) ________(noun). His/Her approach is ________(adverb) ________(noun) by the board. Despite/Because of that (circle one), I believe visitors are our _________(superlative adjective) ________(adjective) __________(noun). Everyday my coworkers make me want to ________(verb) with ________(noun). I am so ________(adjective) that I work here!

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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