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Sidebar: Director's Project: How Long Did It Take?

Written by Mike Spock

04/23/70

  • Director to board: need new organization plan
Exchange of Letters
  • 04/29/70 - President of board to executive committee
  • 05/06/70 - Director to president of board requesting "sabbatical"
  • 05/07/70 - Three senior/honorary trustees to president of board
  • 05/12/70 - President of board to three senior/honorary Trustees

05/26/70

  • Board votes for director's sabbatical

June 1970

  • Spock moves to Institute of Contemporary Art as Director's Project (DP) begins.

08/03/70

  • Executive Committee Meeting
  • July Report on Director Project
  • Arthur D Little proposal for consultation
09/14/70
  • Memo to Project Committee: Where the Museum Stands Today

01/21/71

  • Memo to Project & Executive Committees re: Interim Reorganization

02/22/71

  • McBer hired

March 1971

  • Interviews with staff and board and work environment/climate survey

March/April

  • Eight half-day consultations begin to work out plan new role for Spock with homework assignments as preparation for each session

05/01/71

  • Staff & Board Retreat with decisions discussed and announced

Resulting Turnaround: FY 71 & FY 72

  • Deficits end
  • Organization stabilizes
  • New roles for director and division managers
  • Second climate survey indicates better/clearer work environment

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