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Quick Thought: Symphonic Leadership

Quick Thought: Symphonic Leadership

I visited the symphony a while back. Sitting in the audience, waiting for the conductor to arrive, I was struck by a metaphor relating individual people on a professional team to individual instruments in an orchestra  – each tuned to their own frequency, playing their own sound.

What happens when the leader arrives?

My comment is today’s (very) quick thought – a 43-second listen, with transcript below:

 

Visited the symphony last night.

Got there early. Listened to everyone tuning their instruments and the cacophony of random sounds that sounded like a bunch of total amateurs.

Then, the conductor arrived, tapped the lectern, and the beautiful music of Beethoven filled the room.

What a contrast.

Similar to a team, where a bunch of individuals are pursuing their own thing verses when a leader assembles them to pursue 1 goal.

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