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NEWS FLASH (not really): Orchestra Musician Job Satisfaction Low (but you knew that)

There’s an intriguing article making the rounds from the 4/9/2016 edition of The Guardian. As part of their “What I’m really thinking…” series, the article was written by an anonymous orchestra musician who paints a remarkably bleak picture of what it is to be a professional orchestra musician. Granted, some of the pressures described in […]

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Only You Can Affect Real Change In Workplace Satisfaction

Regular readers know that the topic of Workplace Satisfaction is one of the more popular here at Adaptistration and even though it continues to remain firmly swept under the rug for the field as a whole, that doesn’t mean we’re without options to begin taking some measurements. To that end, serves as a useful […]

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Labor Unrest Continues To Impact Retention

There’s a fascinating article in the 1/22/2015 edition of by Mark Gresham featuring an interview with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) new Principal Bassoon, Keith Buncke. Prior to winning the CSO audition, Buncke served in the same position with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and when asked about that organization’s recent lockout and history […]

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Finding The Perfect Non-Monetary Workplace Perk

One of the mainstays of my traditional consulting work is negotiating individual work agreements; for managers, this usually focuses on executive employment agreements and for musicians, individual overscale agreements and one of the first aspects of that work is to identify non-monetary perks that have variable degrees of value for the client. More often than […]

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More On The Value Of Happiness

Workplace satisfaction is an important topic here if for no other reason than it is one of the most common areas where the field refuses to address its collective shortcomings. But I’ll let you in on a secret: the first groups to genuinely embrace the notion of creating and, perhaps more importantly, quantifying internal value […]

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OCSM Keynote Address: Fourth Generation Theory

On Thursday, August 16, 2013 I had the honor of delivering the keynote address for the 2013 Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference and I wanted to share the slides and a transcription of the speech with Adaptistration’s readers. But first, a few provisos for context: The Q&A session at the end was fascinating […]

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Show A Development Pro Some Love

There’s a wonderful post from Joe Patti over at Butts In The Seats titled Info You Can Use: Development Directors Need Love Too that examines the dangerously high levels of career unhappiness among development professionals. We examined the very same topic here back on 1/22/2013 and it’s good to see other folks picking up on […]

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Fixing Industrial Strength Unhappiness

There’s a terrific, if not sobering, report in the 1/13/2013 edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy by Jennifer C. Berkshire (h/t Thomas Cott) which reports that more than half of VP level Development professionals would like to quit. One in four nonprofit leaders is so disappointed in fundraising at his or her organization that the […]

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