Give In to Your Anger!

Adaptistration People 153Keeping a cool head is a skill that requires continuous practice, especially in the age of social media and the rise of trolling. Fortunately, ArtsHacker Phil Paschke has some resources to help quiet the voices in your head urging you to the dark side in a post from 2/25/15 titled Embracing The Online Anger that focuses on dealing with negative feedback by way of Twitter.

And since we’re on the topic of dealing with anger, Joe Patti published a terrific article about this from 9/18/2013 titled Drama Is A Choice and one of the more enduring articles from Adaptistration’s early days is Seeing Past The Anger, which examines the value in filtering out the emotion in order to prevent missing the important bits.

But I’m curious to learn more about your experiences, have you ever had an angry encounter that you managed to steer toward a positive outcome?

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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2 thoughts on “Give In to Your Anger!

  1. No, unfortunately, I’ve never found a way to use anger positively. (BTW, “give in” is a verb phrase, so “in” in your headline should be separate from “to”)

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