Small Gesture, Big Impact

Yesterday’s Minnesota Orchestra cross-blog event was a genuine hit; loads of traffic, loads of comments, and double loads of social sharing. In case you unplugged yesterday and took a genuine holiday, make sure you go back and start catching up on everything that happened; and when you do, be sure to tag your social sharing with the #MOA_CrossBlog hashtag.

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-031dAlong those lines, I know I’ll be spending part of today combing through all of the spontaneous contributions that materialized throughout the cultural blogging community. On that point, my sincere thanks to the Facebook and Twitter friends (you know who you are) who have been so diligent about cultivating all of the wonderful offerings.

You can also keep tabs by following the #MOA_CrossBlog hashtag at Twitter or a service such as KeyHole.

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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