Growing Pains

Regardless how much we hate it, pain is our friend. It keeps us on our toes and at times, it’s the only benchmark we have to know we’re doing something the right way. Case in point, since the onset of the 2010/11 season, Adaptistration’s readership has grown by leaps and bounds. As a result, traffic is so high that the site has become a little sluggish but fear not, we’re in the process of converting pain into progress in the form of improved interwebs so you should start to see things return to normal in a day or so…

Speaking of the increase in readers, there’s no denying that some of the traffic is the byproduct of labor disputes which has always been the case throughout the blog’s history. But what’s different this time around is the numbers of new readers brought in initially by negotiation news who have converted into reoccurring readers is four times higher than ever before.

And for that, I say thank you and I’m enormously pleased to see that so many are finding the blog useful. In the meantime, thanks in advance for your patience while we knock out a few walls to make room for improved

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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