Where Are The Website Reviews?!?

Good question and one a number of folks have been writing in to ask. The answer is I’ve scheduled them to coincide with an upcoming business trip so I don’t have to worry about writing anything during a week where I’m on the road. As it turns out, that’s a few weeks later than they usually appear but rest assured, they will be published starting Monday, 10/18/2010…

The Canadian reviews will be published beginning Monday, 10/25/2010. One change I’m considering this year is whether or not to do away with the awards article. I’ve always believed that it is important to recognize specific examples of excellence but each year, this article always requires the most amount of time to prepare yet it is always garners the least amount of feedback and traffic among all the review installments.

So, instead of making the decision internally, I’m going to let you decide via the following poll:

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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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