All About Orchestra Negotiations

Adaptistration People 021Last May, we examined some new capacity at Adaptistration which provides the ability to package several articles on related content into an easy to find resource. Fortunately, metrics made it easy to determine what readers are looking for and for the past year, the most searches focus on how orchestra negotiations work.

As a result, it was clear the inaugural series should address this need so I’m pleased to introduce a brand new All About Negotiations series.

This series brings together several articles that cover everything from the history and application of the negotiation process along with articles that clarify a number of common misconceptions.

If you’ve ever been interested in a solid overview of how this unique unionized structure has evolved, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this series of articles.

New Series And Updated Content

Along with creating the new series, several of the included articles have been updated or enhanced; the most extensive improvement was applied to The Negotiation Process: How It Works article.

Originally, the article included an image based flowchart but it has been completely redesigned to feature a dynamic page navigation making it easier to move from one step in the process to the next. Mobile device users will find the new layout much easier to read all of the material.

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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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