Enough With The Millennial Bashing Already

Thanks to a colleague (you know who you are) for pointing out a wonderful keeping-it-real-tweet from Gerry Heise, Senior Major Gifts Officer at the LA Philharmonic, posted on the final day of the League conference.

I couldn’t agree more. I simply don’t understand the amount of shade some among older generations in this field seem compelled to throw on millennials.

Set aside for a moment the behavior described in that tweet is precisely the type of microaggression that gets presenters banned from most other conferences, it simply doesn’t serve any overarching good.

You can run around blaming younger generations for lack of performance or you can simply get out there and follow the people actually adapting to the times and getting things done. Case in point:

Someone Tell Carnegie’s Perelman That Millennials Do Like Classical Music

Likewise, instead of focusing on perceived negatives, try extrapolating unique positives:

The Habits Of Successful Young Arts Admin Professionals

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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