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“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. more....
In Colorado, cultural awareness seems to be at an all time low as a local community makes plans to dismiss an elementary school music teacher for showing first, second, and third graders portions of an educational video designed to teach children about opera... Apparently, enough parents residing in the sleepy little bedroom town of Bennett, [...]
In the beginning of April, Adaptistration's global headquarters (my home office) will be relocating to Chicago… Why am I picking up and moving to the great city of Chicago (other than it actually is a great city)? Much of it has to do with the new work I’m doing in conjunction with Eastman’s new OM [...]
An article in the 2/8/06 edition of the New Jersey Star-Ledger by Willa J. Conrad reports that after more than eight months searching, the New Jersey Symphony Board is having trouble identifying a finalist for the position of president & CEO. The article goes on to report that the organization believes one of the contributing [...]
An ongoing problem in this business is the distinct disconnect between board members and musicians. I recently had a conversation with the director of a Mid-Atlantic area PAC that regaled me with a conversation he recently had with one of his local symphony’s board members... According to this manager, the board member was telling him [...]
Strategic plans are only as good as the people designing and implementing them. As such, a properly designed plan implemented by a core of capable executive managers, board leaders, and the music director can serve as a vehicle to limitless accomplishments… Not long ago I published a piece about the abundance of “Best Practices” throughout [...]
Continuing where Part II concluded, this installment will carry on by examining the final phase of Dallas Symphony Orchestra's "Bold Plan For Greatness", a 10 year strategic plan designed to move the organization to the next level... With Phase III slated to begin five years from now, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that some of [...]
Continuing where Part 1 concluded, this installment will continue by examining the second phase of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's "Bold Plan For Greatness", a 10 year strategic plan designed to move the organization to the next level... Within any long term plan, the farther into the future the plan extends the less specific it becomes [...]
In 2004, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra initiated a 10 year strategic plan with the goal of establishing the organization as one of the top five American orchestras in artistic level and a community landmark similar to the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, I've had the opportunity to review Dallas’ plan and talk to their president and [...]