Best Laid Plans

Adaptistration People 149Originally, today’s post was going to point over to the Kickstarter page for the Music of Star Trek Kickstarter project, but I once again got caught off guard by forgetting about the few days of delay between submitting a project and having it go live. Good news is it’s ready to go once Kickstarter is finished processing everything so keep an eye out for the notice once we reach that point.

I won’t spoil the surprise, but we have a pair of top tier rewards that are downright exciting. Forget merch (seriously, who needs another t-shirt), these are all about an experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

Speaking of upcoming posts, there’s a new guest author article in the works for this week from one of your favorite authors writing about one of the blog’s most consistently popular subjects.

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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