Let’s Keep A Good Thing Going

Adaptistration People 063Last week’s survey designed to learn more about what influenced your decision to change jobs and how satisfied they are with the change has generated a terrific number of replies, just over 400 so far.

The response is strong enough, I published a similar version at ArtsHacker but geared toward the broader arts and culture field. And since replies have been consistent from one day to the next, I’m going to leave the survey open until this Friday, which is a little longer than originally planned.

If you have been meaning to complete the survey but haven’t gotten around to it, don’t wait! If you have completed the survey, thank you and thanks again if you’ve been encouraging friends and colleagues to complete the survey as well.

And don’t forget, the version available here is open to both administrators and musicians!

Take The How Did Changing Jobs Work Out for You Survey

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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