Detroit Poll Results

Last Friday’s Detroit Symphony Orchestra oriented poll not only beat the previous all time high for most responses, it shattered it. The first question garnered just over 1000 responses while the second question produced a hair less than 1000. And with full poll logging measures in place to prevent a single respondent from flooding any one answer, it seems clear that this is a subject readers feel strongly about…

Not only did the poll topic inspire readers to vote, they had no trouble sending in their thoughts and observations in the comment thread. To date, there are 62 comments and I’m especially glad to see so many readers discussing the nature of the questions, related issues, etc.

The polls here at Adaptistration are never designed to be airtight scientific polls; instead, they are intended to measure general feedback and generate thinking. And given the fact that so many public discussion threads have been filled with trolling rhetoric, I have been enormously pleased at the quality of meaningful discussion and reasonable disagreement between readers with divergent views.

How do you interpret the results?

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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