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The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

Show Notes for Episode 15: Mike Nickens of the Green Machine

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Mike Nickens (aka Doc Nix) is my colleague at George Mason University and the director of the university's pep band, the "Green Machine". He created a tenured position for himself which is basically unheard of in this day and age. In short, he made himself irreplaceable.

Topics Covered:

  • How a tenured position was created for him by the dean
  • How networking helped him create a community around the Green Machine
  • The thought process behind his image and branding as the group's leader
  • The benefits of systemizing goals
  • Maintaining relationships in business and in friendship


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