Bracing For Impact

Simply put, tomorrow’s election scares the living daylights out of me. But as President Obama says, ‘Don’t boo. Vote!’ and that’s precisely what I hope everyone plans on doing tomorrow, if you haven’t done so already.

But in an effort to keep the anxiety at bay, I decided to occupy my mind with mindless, but useful, webmaster tasks such as database optimization and making data driven user experience changes to the blog’s layout.

To that end, you’ll notice a trimmer navigation menu (the top and main nav bars have been consolidated into the latter), longer post excerpts on the homepage (but fewer posts listed), a refreshed popular post sidebar widget, and a brand new related article module at the bottom of each single post.

Between now and tomorrow, drop by a post from last month that includes references to help voters find out who their local, state and national reps are, and what their stances are on the arts, etc.

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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