The task of Project Management often sounds unglamorous when discussing all the exciting aspects of a design-build project. However, the distinction between an average PM and a great PM can make all the difference in ending up with a happy client. Great PMs usually have the following skills: (more…)
February 24th, 2015
In the early years, Taylor Studios, was often a subcontract fabricator of other firms in the industry. Most of the time, other fabricators came to us to get bids for scenic work. Occasionally, a design-only firm would bring us on as their builder. In both of these scenarios, we were relied on heavily to do the final construction drawings or to figure out how you could build some very unique components.
From the start of the business, we had clients ask us to design their exhibits. For example, in the late 90’s we designed five galleries covering Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, Europe, The Americas, and The Ancient Mediterranean for The Spurlock Museum. Even earlier than that, a client like The Children’s Museum of Illinois would asked us what we could design and build within a very limited budget. It was more expensive for them to put a small exhibit like Our Body Our House out to more than one firm. (more…)
December 23rd, 2014
When I started writing this end-of-year-blog, I really wasn’t sure what to write about. I thought about giving you a synopsis of all the projects Taylor Studios completed this year or telling you about some of the fun things that happened around the office, but then I wondered what would be most impactful for you, our readers. So, this won’t be your typical year-in-review where I tell you all about us. I hope it will be better than that. I hope you will find it…valuable. (more…)
November 10th, 2014
Do you hold yourself accountable to achieving results for your interpretive center, your visitors, your staff, your board, and your foundation? How do you assess how well you are doing in your role? Are you willing to look in the mirror and do the hard work of self-assessment? Do you criticize leadership elsewhere without looking at your own? If you blame, criticize, or play the victim, that might be a signal it is time to look at how you lead.
Through this blog, we have encouraged you to set goals and objectives. However, when we check back with clients years later, most have not assessed whether or not they achieved their objectives. The majority of our clients can speak to whether visitation is up or down, but the rest of the objectives seem to go by the wayside. Is it healthy leadership when there is no accountability to your exhibit objectives? Are you measuring whether you are achieving the mission of your organization? (more…)
November 5th, 2014
As a manager and person of authority within our organization, I often forget how things I say or how my facial expressions are interpreted by others. I am at all times thinking about several things at once. Often I find myself answering the question “Everything going all right?” as I am walking into the fabrication shop or design department. Most of the time everything is fine and I am just thinking about things that need addressed at some point in my day.
So why is this a problem worthy of writing a blog about? Well, my recent trip to Tennessee somewhat opened my eyes to just how effective one’s tone of voice and facial expressions can be. (more…)