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  1. No way out of the financial hole if it’s business as usual for design. Open Innovation is an inexpensive and fast way to change things quickly and avoid continuing design blunders that threaten to sink the entire organization
  2. I agree, Fred and Jeff. Mostly. Sustainability and viability of any organization, though, especially one recovering from an upheaval and scandal caused by a parasitic, manipulative and myopic former director, demand that steps be taken now to change course, innovate, and build community. (His) Ego is what took the corps to its knees. Now egos must be set aside. Lack of self-awareness of limitations in talent and creativity also must gently be set aside. Not all people are cut out for creativity at this level. Most ideas that seem to work well in high school programs don’
  3. If there is no receptivity or even acknowledgement from anyone in the organization that an idea is worthy of discussion, you are saying I should get in someone’s face - literally - and interrupt their work to advocate for a great idea? And you consider showing up somewhere without an appointment to talk putting “skin in the game”? I offered Cadets/YEA leadership my volunteer help to implement the idea. Would you suggest I write a big check? What impact on the world would a donation to YEA make at this point, relative to the organization I most support, Doctors Without Borde
  4. Several days ago, I emailed a link to this thread and a brief offer of my volunteer help to the exec director and the general info email at YEA, also asking it to be forwarded to Doug and Scott. No idea how to email to the entire BOD as several of you suggested in private messages. Suggestions? No response from anyone so far. Sigh. Trying to keep my hopes up though. Everyone’s busy, obviously, but now is the time to strategize for 2020 and beyond. Now. “There is no tomorrow!” - Sir Apollo Creed It’s clear to me that what the Cadets lack and have lacked is q
  5. If it’s well organized and the procedures are clear, it can work beautifully, as it has in many many other organizations. Sometimes employees are the “cooks” for a while, others it's the general public. Either way it’s a temporarily shared process, then handed back to the Head Chef et al. The idea is a simultaneous know-your-customer campaign, fundraising and alumni engagement, recruitment, and reinvigoration of a new Cadets approach to image, innovation, and show design No one loses for trying this. It adds value, increases engagement, gets people thinking out of the box, creat
  6. Correct: the funnel of ideation must narrow ideas down and use the crowd/committee to do it. That The One Designer on High must ultimately be responsible doesn’t mean they must Rule. More like a facilitator, striving for consensus, trusting the wisdom of a much larger - though selective and expert - crowd. And for sure the designer is most involved in execution and iteration. Think .38 Special “Hold on loosely, but don’t let it go” The idea is to avoid closed door Star Chambers in which groupthink and ego trump efficacy and creativity and stifle innovation. The idea is
  7. 2000. I know you’ve seen ineffective design and wasted talent in your first year, and how it changed in 2000. Regarding open innovation, no reason why returning and even potential MMs can’t be involved in contributing ideas. The Toyota my son drives to high school has 210k miles on it in large part because they learned not top down edicts as management, but empowering everyone in the organization to create and innovate. It’s called Kaizen. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaizen Although I don’t worship guns, nor think the 2nd Amendment meant every man woman and chi
  8. For years, I’ve appreciated your insights too. Wise and incisive. So many people love this corps and the activity so much. My hat is off to all of you. But most of all and as always, I am in awe of those who have ever and especially who now wear the uniform and carry forward the tradition of innovation and excellence.
  9. My perspective is different than most on this board. I'm a trained musician, but not a professional. I have been a DCI fan since I marched in high school, but I no longer have a dog in this fight. I am writing because I want the corps that I've loved since 1987 to survive and thrive. I have no inside information. I can only applaud the strength of the community to keep the corps alive and thriving through the last five years of narcissism, neglect and predation from one person (and much of it continued for over thirty years, but the organization was so strong, people swallowed the pa
  10. Criticism is directed toward the exec, and is based on many many years of behavior that has sharply divided the Cadets family and generates at least as much derision as respect from drum corps fans in general. The MMs are ALWAYS respected and defended. They deserve only the best. FHNSAB!
  11. Wrong. He has a chronic inability to delegate, empower, nurture, and trust subordinates. A clean break and fresh start is needed to reunite the Cadets family and reinvigorate the tradition of education and innovation at championship levels. Period.
  12. I'm always on the side of the MMs. To me, they epitomize the Cadets. So proud. So wanted and want every group of MMs - whether young (this year, 1989, etc) or chock full of vets - to have the absolute best staff and design in DCI. Whether or not they do is the full responsibility of the CEO. FHNSAB
  13. Apathy and frustration do battle in my Cadets heart. Spot on for your list of pandering. SO many missed opportunities over the last 15 years to have achieved greatness, were it not for chronic tastelessness and megalomania at the top of this organization. Many of the embarrassments make me want to rename the exec Corky St. Clair.
  14. Exactly. I believe it is incredibly unfair to current members when music that has been done by the same corps is recycled, because it inevitably leads to unfair comparisons, and inevitably, the current design and corps simply do not measure up to a championship caliber show from a generation ago. It has been an increasingly disturbing and discouraging sign of a lack of creativity from the executive over the last 15 years. It's a sign of weakness and ineptitude, a sure sign that they would like to be parasitic on the past rather than innovate and create. Bernstein shmernstein
  15. This. A hundred times over. Current exec's idea of design almost always more closely resembles inept, crass marketing than art. When cadets have won the current exec has had a staff around him with a design too good to hamhandedly meddle with, I'd venture to say. Sadly that kind of situation has been exceptional (2011 seems like ancient history), and in today's reality (sub par staff, young MMs after so many staff and vet MM defections after last years management disaster) they no longer have the creative or marching talent to compete for medals. Wholesale change desperately
  16. For a corps that was a leader before DCI, and an innovator without peer after DCIs formation, any tepid resignation or acceptance of the status quo or continuing excuses for mediocrity and mismanagement I find to be so pathetic, so uncharacteristic of who the Cadets always were, I simply have no words. What Cadets DO is like create, innovate, and embrace change.
  17. You think like a grunt in a quiet foxhole imagining you are somehow being attacked, an imaginary siege mentality. Open your eyes and think about years past as well as now. Criticism of the Exec is anything but hatred. And far far from any criticism of the MMs. Hop is not the Board, the staff, the MMs, the alumni and friends, and he is most definitely not The Cadets. Everyone in the Cadets family ALWAYS puts the MMs first. We all want everyone to have the best education, experience, and opportunity to succeed in corps and mostly in life. I loathe and chuckle at
  18. It's a 7th place - or lower - exec with whom it is so difficult to work that this formerly august organization cannot attract the talented staff necessary to attract the most talented MMs. Cadets will never contend again until Hop retires. Period. BAC has passed us in terms of staff and talent on the field. That should be the last straw for any Board worth its title and mandate to demand change. Current management and model is broken beyond repair. Once a change is made, alumni and friends by the thousands will come home to support a rebirth of commitment to educatio
  19. This. Going backwards, yet again. Blame falls squarely on one person, yet again. Sad to say, but I no longer expect to see a championship contending Cadets corps unless and until Hop courageously decides that the Corps is more important than his ego. But I'm not holding my breath. It's a tragic story repeated in business, sports, and the non profit world: overstaying your welcome, overestimating your ability, overplaying your cards, and stacking the deck (and Board) with yes-people who fail to see the obvious that any insider or outsider has seen for years.
  20. I've been silent for more than a year. Hop's FB post was the LAST straw. You can criticize young people in private. You can force them to listen to your 'talks' if that's working (which it hasn't been for years). But what an adult, an educator, a role model, a leader, an honorable person NEVER should do or be allowed to do - no matter what - is publicly excoriate young people, especially minors. I used to love Hop. I also used to respect him. Now his recent behavior is an impediment to success, education, life development of the kids, and a blot on the ent