Leadership at the Opera

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There are many times when a conductor’s most effective direction to an orchestra is simply a straightforward instruction: “play softer here,” “take time with the triplet,” “bring out the woodwinds,” etc.

But sometimes the most beautiful results can’t be dictated by the conductor. They require an artistic partnership with the musicians […]

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Behaving Like a Multiplier

Friday, September 4, 2015

I was lucky enough to hear Liz Wiseman speak about how to be a leader who brings out the best in your people. Multipliers she calls them, as distinguished from Diminishers. One of the differentiating behaviors is that, whereas diminishers tend to tell people what to do, multipliers ask questions. […]

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Promoting Employee Engagement

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I recently had an enlightening conversation with author Timothy Clark about his book The Employee Engagement Mindset: The Six Drivers for Tapping into the Hidden Potential of Everyone in Your Company. Tim researched many companies, seeking out employees who were recognized by both their peers and bosses as being extremely […]

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Inspiration, Taking Risks, and Leadership

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a revealing moment in my recent session in Rio de Janeiro, my first time working with a Brazilian orchestra.  At one point I modeled a dysfunctional conductor whose preoccupation with the movements of his baton had eclipsed his connection to the actual sound the musicians were producing.  Of course […]

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The Godfather, Part III

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Have you seen The Godfather Part III, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino? Only an orchestra conductor with inside connections could know of the valuable lessons related to trust, leadership and eliminating layers of bureaucracy to be learned in the making of this classic film about betrayal, murder […]

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What the Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About Leadership

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What the Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About Leadership

“You’ve got to pick a fight with some musician,” gruffly declared my conducting teacher. “Otherwise the orchestra won’t take you seriously.” And so, once in every other rehearsal, I’d watch him attack some defenseless player. You could hear a pin drop, the […]

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New York Times article

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Click here to read the full New York Times story from Sept. 17, 2014 by James Oestreich

There’s a Lesson Here; All You Have to Do Is Listen

Roger Nierenberg and the Music Paradigm Program

I couldn’t have been […]

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Five Leadership Pointers from a Conductor

Friday, December 13, 2013

Five Leadership Pointers from a Conductor

As a young conductor I was always amazed to witness how a great maestro could so quickly have such a transforming effect on an orchestra.  Within minutes the music would come to life with a new vibrancy and spirit.  It was like magic.  I could find no other explanation […]

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Music As Inspiration

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last week, I delivered a Music Paradigm session to a group of 140 financial services executives.  For 90 minutes they sat inside the orchestra.  Then for a half-hour we all discussed what they had experienced, and how they might put their learning to use.

Many people spoke about the magical quality of hearing live music […]

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Bernstein Inspires Innovation

Thursday, August 1, 2013

In today’s competitive business environment every company is looking to stimulate innovation. But it’s not easy, particularly for large, successful organizations where norms and conventions have taken root.

Even the symphony orchestra, which routinely plays the most thrilling masterpieces ever conceived, is still susceptible to boredom and tedium.  Indeed, without the guiding hand of an […]

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