Happy Labor Day!

It’s going to be a busy fall here at Adaptistration. The annual website reviews are coming up at the end of the month and since we’re living in “interesting times,” there are no shortages of topics to cover until then. With that in mind and in keeping with the Labor Day holiday, yesterday’s Who’s Minding The Score? cartoon reminds us that yes, you can find humor in work stoppages…

If you aren’t already familiar with Who’s Minding The Score?, why not!?! Its popularity has soared since it was launched at the beginning of 2010 to the point where on publication days, it far exceeds regular average blog traffic. Although, it has a story line that evolves chronologically, each individual installment is a gem (albeit some brighter than others) but hey, if you disagree (you won’t) there’s a star rating tool for each strip.

So what are you waiting for? Head over and find out what’s so funny about labor strife (yeah, there’s an app for that).

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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Happy Labor Day!