April.30.17Special Feature
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30th April is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY. It is organized by UNESCO to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”

Last year at the African Leadership Network (ALN 2016) meeting in Mauritius, Grammy Award winning jazz musician @KirkWhalum led us through a wonderful musical experience using the medium of jazz to demonstrate a powerful message of what makes leadership an art.

In his words, “the individuality of the artist is like a fingerprint. Likewise, someone’s leadership style is just theirs. It’s the fingerprint in art that makes the difference.” He also reminded us to make the time to build relationships with our teams so we develop the unspoken language that allows us to trust them and improvise when curveballs are thrown.

It was extra special when he invited @KALINEofficial up on stage to demonstrate improvisation.

Here are some takeaways from jazz leaders (from http://www.inc.org)

“Playing it safe gets you tossed off the stage. Take some risk

There are no do-overs in LIVE performances. For every hour in a “performance” setting, you should spend five hours in practice.

Listening to those around you is three times more important than what you play yourself.

There’s a time to stand-out as a soloist and a time to support others and make them shine. The best leaders are those that make others sound good.

Expect surprises and adversity, since jazz (and life) is about how you respond and adapt.

Keeping it new and fresh is mandatory.

Jazz has its roots in collaborative innovation. If you’re not actively seeking new #challenges and ways to expand your horizons, you are falling behind.”

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to listen to some great Jazz.

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