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The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, November 1, 2018


As soon as I had invented The Music Paradigm in 1995 people began to ask to read about it. So I set my sights on writing a book about the powerful insights that spring to life when you see your life at work through the lens of music.

I soon discovered that it was not so easy to translate the vibrant experience of sitting inside the orchestra onto the silent realm of the printed page.

For five years I scratched my head about this until one day the solution appeared to me.


It took an additional five years of trial and error to complete Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening. The key was understanding that the insights could only be described through a narrative – a story about how one executive transformed his concept of leadership under the wise and friendly tutelage of a maestro.

Being a first-time author I was extremely open to the sage advice of my publisher, Adrian Zackheim, and greatly benefitted by adopting his vision for the book. When, after it was finally printed, he confided that this was one of the finest collaborations between publisher and author that he’d ever experienced. I mused at the irony: how the entire book was about working in harmony.

With a twinkle in my eye I replied, “Well if it hadn’t been, then I’d be quite a hypocrite, wouldn’t I!”


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