Tax Time

No more putting it off, it’s time to wrap up preparing 2011’s income and expenses reports and related documentation to send to the accountant. As such, I’m shirking my blogging duties today and instead pointing over to a trio of worthwhile links you should consider visiting.

  • Branching off of last week’s article on Twitter usage is a terrific post from 10/26/2011 by social media consultant Rachel Ann Poling that offers some practical nuts-and-bolts style advice on how to go about finding the right professional balance on Twitter.
  • One my favorite culture blog authors, Joe Patti, posted thought provoking piece on cultivating creative ability.
  • The TEDx MichiganAve videos are now available at the Ted parent website including my talk on Labor Relations and the Arts.

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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