In the process of interviewing Seattle Symphony Orchestra stakeholders about their new musician pension plan, one item that stands out is the approach both sides adopted in order to arrive at their outcome.
While it certainly falls into some of the parameters for interest based bargaining, what really struck me is how much more it aligns with the “Yes, And” approach toward improvisation. If you aren’t already familiar with it, I highly recommend you take the time to pick up a copy of Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses No, But Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City.
Holly Mulcahy recently published an article at Neo Classical on this book that’s worth your time as well and she does a better job than I could boling down the key points into actionable bits as applied to non labor relations questions inside the orchestra field.
You should also take the time to watch a TEDx talk from one of the books co-authors, Kelly Leonard. He offers no shortage of lessons that apply to labor relations and internal staff development: