A Whole Lotta Talkin’ Going On

I love Moveable Type, don’t get me wrong. It’s a giant step up from the old blogging platform we used to use around here. But I have to say Moveable Type might be a little too good…

What I’m talking about is the comments feature which allows you, the reader, to respond to any part of whatever you read any time you like. If you’ve missed this new little treasure, you can find the comments link at the bottom of each individual entry as well as on the main page listing here’s a tip, if you want to post anonymously but aren’t sure how to go about it, just send me an email and ask).

The only drawback is I get less of an opportunity to feature some of the really thoughtful reader comments as Reader Responses.

Nevertheless, don’t let anyone say that Adaptistration can’t adapt. From here on out, whenever there’s some good comments going on, or even a full blown mini discussion, I’ll make sure to point it out.

For example, the recent round of comments from the 2005 Compensation Report: ROPA Executive Directors article feature more than a dozen comments from interested patrons, musicians, right through ROPA executive managers. I’ve actually received some email from readers stating how much they enjoyed reading the comments as much as the original article.

And after all, that’s part of Adaptistration’s manifesto,

“This weblog is designed to present ideas and create a forum to help accelerate that evolutionary process…With your input, it will grow into something meaningful.”

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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