Changes Afoot

The next two weeks usher in big changes to Adaptistration, albeit more behind the scenes than out front. The single biggest component is relocating from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park to the very heart of downtown Chicago and even though we won’t be dropping any publication days, it does mean a few scheduled projects are going to be moved forward a bit until everything related to the move is complete.

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-124For example, the orchestra 990 database project Kickstarter campaign has been rescheduled for December and The 2013 Orchestra Website Reviews slotted for November will be moved to December as well.

If things weren’t busy enough already, Sunday November 3rd will be Adaptistration’s 10th Anniversary (hooray!) and we have to come up with something special there as well (any ideas?). I’ll also be in Portland, OR from November 9th through the 11th taking part in the 2013 National Arts Marketing Project Conference (#NAMPC) as a panelist and serving as a web expert for the conference’s One-To-One Coaching sessions.

In the meantime, we’ll be staying on top of current events and any breaking news from ongoing labor disputes. Moreover, the real payoff comes after the move is complete and Office Space Mk.3 will begin paying dividends by way of increased productivity.

On that note, you can also look forward to a thorough review of office/cubicle improvements that will help you become a happier, healthier, and more productive professional.

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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