Scarcity Is The New Black (no one wants to wear)

I don’t usually recommend books but every now and then there’s an exception to that rule and in today’s case, it’s Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time …

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LV Philharmonic Lawsuit Alleges Financial Misconduct

The 2/21/22 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a pair of articles by Katelyn Newberg and John Katsilometes, respectively, that reports on a lawsuit filed by former Las Vegas Philharmonic (LV Phil) executive director, Anne Berquist, against her former employer. According to the articles, Berquist alleges insurance fraud and discriminatory practices. Excerpts of the complaint are published in the 2/18/22 edition of During the pandemic, the LV Phil followed …

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Because You Know I’m All About That Board

Washington Chorus Executive Director, Stephen Beaudoin, published an engaging post at his LinkedIn feed yesterday with five steps aspiring board members should consider that generated quite the conversation. Here’s the original post, with his permission: To all my friends and colleagues considering the service opportunity of joining a nonprofit board – Here are five steps you might want to consider before approaching a nonprofit organization to express interest in exploring potential …

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#TBT Polarization And Governance

Back in July, 2014 I published a post about what I defined as the end of the golden age of orchestras and opera. I came to that conclusion, in part, because of the sharp increase in neoreactionary dominated culture. Within that context, neoreactionaries were those who cast themselves as victims within a larger operating environment and believe they are somehow tasked with a principled responsibility to right the wrongs for a secure future …

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#TBT Good Problems To Have

I had a good laugh yesterday after realizing how much I’m hearing some of the traditional pre-pandemic gripes from colleagues. My first thought was “how wonderful it is to have such great problems” and that was followed up by a desire to share an orchestra admin diagram I update every few years. Originally designed to poke fun at the woe-is-me crowd, I’m starting to look at it as more of a …

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