Looking For An Ideal Holiday Office Gift?

Office gifting doesn’t have to be hard. Fortunately, Arts Admin Merit Badges are the ideal solution to an otherwise irksome quandary. And in the age of COVID where everyone is working more with less, showing acknowledgement and appreciation is more important than ever.

They’re a great way for arts admins to show appreciation for hard work that simultaneously acknowledges special achievements.

Given pandemic driven USPS delays, ordering sooner is better than later. They are first come, first serve and a few are already at low stock levels like Submitted A Grant Early And Received The Full Award and One Week Without Angry Patron Calls To Box Office.

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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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