Best-Laid Plans

Ideally, today’s post was supposed to be a reader survey but when I went looking for the survey I created earlier in the day, it appears to be the victim of #SaveFail.

As such, it will go out next Monday but I can at least share the incentive give-away that comes along with all of Adaptistration’s reader surveys. This one will be a complete set of all 17 Arts Admin Merit Badges.

Sure, that’s $131.25 value but it pales in comparison to the overarching coolness they will bring the winner. So mark your calendar for next Monday’s post to get in on the merit badge drawing goodness.


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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