Workplace Culture Jargon That Needs A Timeout

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A snarky tweet from @OrchestraSay the other day got me thinking about workplace leadership jargon that can use a timeout. When the executive director says "My door is always open." They really mean: 1. This sounds like something a friendly person says2. This counts as trying to care3. You are all witnesses to me being magnanimous4. Piss off — Shit Orchestra Musicians Say (@OrchestraSay) January 20, 2020 An “open-door policy” is …

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The Latest Trend In Hiding Compensation Within The Nonprofit Sector

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There’s a thought-provoking article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey in the 1/17/2020 edition of the Washington Post that examines a growing trend among evangelical organizations to shift from a traditional nonprofit status to what the IRS defines as a “Church” status. The impetus for this is a desire to obfuscate executive leadership compensation. While both status allow donors to deduct charitable gifts, the Church option provides the ability to hide compensation while …

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What Good Is Cultural Diplomacy If We’re Willing To Target Culture?

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There’s an excellent commentary article by Philip Kennicott in the 1/6/2020 edition of the Washington Post that examines the unrest following statements from President Trump about his intent to order the US Armed Forces to attack cultural sites inside Iran should tensions continue to escalate. While there are no shortage of commentary decrying the position, Kennicott does an excellent job providing broader historic context and trends inside the US military and …

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Talking About 2019 With Rachel Katz From A Tempo

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I had the pleasure of talking to WWFM’s Rachel Katz for her program, A Tempo via a retrospective of 2019. Granted, there was a lot of ground to cover but she did a good job at keeping me in-line and on track with topics that covered labor disputes, diversity, discrimination, and quite a bit more. The classical music world grappled with a variety of issues in 2019 – increasing diversity and inclusion, …

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An Orchestra Stakeholder’s Guide To New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year and even though we’re eyeball deep in the age of anxiety, one odd byproduct is it makes the whole resolution thing that much more straightforward. To that end, one simple thing all stakeholders can resolve is making a conscious effort to be more empathetic to one another. Now, let’s look at stakeholder specific resolutions: Board Members Executives Administrators & Staffers Conductors Musicians Volunteers You’re already awesome. …

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