You Need To Do Three Things Today

I’m just coming out of a series of project deadlines so today’s post will get right to the point with three things you need to do…

  1. Read Michael Kaiser’s Huffington Post article from 6/6/2011 titled Are Unions To Blame? where although he fails to mention names, he takes pot shots at those who espouse the notion that artist unions are the primary reason for failing arts orgs. Instead, he encourages those in the business to first look inward and take an honest accounting of efficiency and effectiveness.
  2. Read the article from Michaela Boland in the 6/4/2011 edition of The Australian. Frankly, it’s not a well written piece; you can skip the first half but jump back in at the section which introduces some opinions from Greg Sandow. It will be useful for you to take all of this in today in advance of tomorrow’s Adaptistration post.
  3. Read Holly Mulcahy’s article from 6/6/2011 that lists 10 positive, exciting, encouraging, or just interesting items from the business. As Kasier points out in his article, Muclahy understands that amid the steady flow of Chicken Little Think Tank nonsense, there are real success stories going on. In addition to her lists, she encourages readers to submit additional items.

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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