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   Friday, March 23, 2018 

Vote for your Country in the Battle of the Islands! The Business of Carnival  

Carnival Economic Engine

 Management Tips      

Carnival is big business. Trouble is well-meaning carnival organizations never benefit enough from the culture and events that they put on in a big way. These tips are not designed to tell carnival organizers how to do their jobs. They are designed to improve focus in managers and to offer timely information designed to improve and enhance their performances.


You can't do it alone. Modern management techniques call for giving staff and other personnel an assortment of tasks. The manager keeps track of tasks, sets time lines, and puts back-up plans in place in case some tasks fail. The manager must constantly review tasks and seek "progress reports" to make sure that what has to get done does get done.


Carnival organizations (the vast majority of them) suffer from a lack of expert and skilled talent. But because of poor management skills and a tendency to "protect turf' these organizations continue to make mistakes and to stick with what's comfortable, and not necessarily what works or what's efficient. My advice in these cases is to find the needed skills and talents outside of the organization to get the work done. If that's not done then it only a matter of time before the organization implodes. Sounds familiar?


Ongoing assessment of projects and tasks, time-lines, and deadlines are essential, no VITAL, management tools in today's modern climate. That's not to say that you have to micro-manage or be jack-of-all-trades. You will master none and eventually fall victim to the "pack rat syndrome" - hoarding information in the mistaken belief that you alone can run the organization. Carnival Managers must review their organization and volunteer (or paid) staffs work and the successes and failures of the ventures. But a review is not about finger-pointing and blame apportionment; itís about looking at how the organization did with a view to building on the successes and avoiding future mistakes.


Too many times pettiness and personalities get mixed with big egos. That's because everybody in the organization wants to take ownership of the carnival. That could be a positive thing, but when it gets to the point that one person feels his or her contribution is more important to the carnival than other people's then that kind of "ownership" becomes negative. So itís important that people see the "big picture" - carnival is big business, it depends on the participation of many people, and is bigger than any one individual. Its success is therefore a collective effort since one person is not a steel band and one person is no mas band.

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