One of the unfortunate realities in this business is a lot of really fine work passes by without anyone noticing. Sure, we all see press releases about big news but the reality is much of those headlines wouldn’t be possible without the cumulative impact of all the smaller goals and accomplishments that really contribute toward making a good organization great. So, let’s see about rectifying this today, shall we?
The idea is simple, what I want is for everyone out there who works in a performing arts organization (manager, board member, and musician alike – even CEOs) to submit a comment describing one or more of your accomplishments from the past season.
This is one instance where I want to remind and encourage you to take advantage of posting an anonymous comment. We all know that speaking out in a public forum about your arts organization job when you aren’t a spokesperson or the CEO isn’t exactly the best way to make friends and influence supervisors, moreover, who wants to look like they’re wallowing in the crapulence of their own inflated sense of one’s personal status.
I get that, I really do but this is precisely the set of circumstances where playing the anon card is called for. You don’t have to use your name or mention your organization but I want to read about what individual stakeholders are proud of when it comes to their work.
A few simple rules:
- Don’t mention anyone’s name without securing their permission.
- Don’t post press releases, links to press releases or newspaper articles; that isn’t what this is all about.
- No shilling, name dropping, or unctuously servile behaviors.
There’s no deadline so post a comment whenever you wish and don’t be shy, post a comment with at least one thing you and/or your department were proud to accomplish this past season. At the very least, it’s good to take stock of your efforts and achievements. Or if you’re one of those folks with a debilitating sense of humility, then forward along a link to today’s post to one of your colleagues and encourage them to send something in. You never know, maybe they’ll write something about you.