Mea Culpa Friday

I know yesterday’s post teased up something special for today, but it turns out life had other plans and when faced with rushing to get out what I consider an important post, I decided to wait until Monday.

I would like to acknowledge this by offering the following three-part apology:

  1. I acknowledge that even though I teased up a special post for today, it didn’t happen.
  2. It’s no fun to expect something then have it yanked away and can empathize (I’m looking at you Walking Dead Season 6 cliffhanger).
  3. I would like to make amends with this following act of contrition: Victor Borge’s classic Hand’s Off skit (which is ripe for a role reversal update).

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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