Rubbernecking On The Information Superhighway

There’s a great comment-based discussion going on between last week’s post at The Artful Manager and a post form this week’s Adaptistration. Unfortunately, there’s isn’t a convenient way to tie in all of this great discussion in one neat and tidy format, so I’ll just do this instead…


I’ll provide links to each blog post and subsequent comment threads:

Step One: Read Andrew Taylor’s original post: click here
Step Two: Read the subsequent post here at Adaptistration: click here
Step Three: Read through the comments submitted to Andrew’s post (I love those speech bubbles Andrew uses): click here
Step Four: Read the comments submitted to the Adaptistration post: click here

Rinse and repeat often as it is likely that additional comments will continue to come in. If you find yourself consumed by the topic then the only way to purge the voices from your head is to submit a comment yourself on one – or both – blog posts.

Furthermore, if you are someone who enjoys a good “prequel” you will want to make sure you check out the original set of posts which inspired the above discussion. You can find the first of three posts here.

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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