It’s Time To Turn This Blog Up To 11

The season of Adaptation Network updates just took things up a notch and jump into podcasting, thanks in large part to push from a colleague who will be my fellow podcaster. I can’t say who she is yet, but soon. What I can say is the podcast will be focused squarely on all things arts management oriented.

Adaptistration People 209Phase I of the Season of Updates unfolded nicely with migrating Adaptistration Jobs into and Phase II (a gut rehab of the core blog, Who’s Minding The Score?, and the Take A Friend to the Orchestra resource site) is more than halfway complete. The blog is being completely redesigned with an even heavier mobile-first focus that places content front and center.

One of the real challenges with a blog that’s been running for nearly 15 years with more than 3,600 posts is getting that XXL amount of content into a slim platform that provides a snappy user experience. The good news is it’s entirely doable, it just takes building it from the ground up.

While that project wraps up, Phase III, the podcast, will go into production.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention you can look forward to a guest author with an entire series of posts coming at the end of the month. I won’t spoil the surprise, but rest assured, you’re going to love what she’s going to examine.

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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