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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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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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Now’s Your Chance To Get Happy

Following up on the article from 11/20/2012 about the potential for improving workplace satisfaction by way of a service called TINYpulse, I entered into a productive conversation with TINYpulse founder David Niu and the two of us have concocted what I believe is the first project in our field solely dedicated to improving workplace satisfaction. […]

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A Simple Solution For Improving Workplace Satisfaction

Workplace satisfaction, and the lack of attention it receives in the orchestra field, is an ongoing topic here at Adaptistration and when attempting to convince orchestras vis-a-vis my consulting work of the benefits from investing in meaningful workplace satisfaction efforts, one of the very real hurdles is time. Fortunately, there’s a new solution that could […]

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