The Strategist

All About That Jazz: What Business Can Take from Jazzmen

04/24/2015 - 17:03

You can always adapt useful and new experience even if it’s not directly related to your field. This works even for widely separated areas, because the main things always stand out: concept, approach, outlook. For example, jazzmen are very well versed in how to create a presentation, productivity and branding.

When you spend time at the concerts of good jazz musicians, you will surely admire the way the composition of the blend harmoniously merge into a coherent musical story, how musicians tune in to each other, and how great the result of their work. Donna Sapolin, founder and editor of Next Avenue, during one of those concerts had the idea that jazz principle can also be applied in other areas. She figured out five jazz lessons to achieve success in work:

1. Determine your story and light the other with its emotional force.

Best jazz musicians tell the story of his music: beginning and end are clearly visible, and there is a connection between the transitions highlights.

Every company and every employee has a story to tell about who they are and what they aspire to achieve. In order to support business and career, we are also working on the development of their individual brands. We need to identify the main storyline of our history and find the best way to bring it through the rest of the range of our daily activities.

2. Improvise, but do not miss the ultimate goal.

Jazz musicians create their own tunes, which are based on a central theme, and take away the listener into an intriguing journey. But they always know where they will end, and inspired variations rather lead us to this point and not let astray.

It is important to come up with new ideas and experiment with new approaches, bearing in mind the ultimate goal. Then we can use more opportunities to achieve it.

3. Share the success and appreciation with others.

When performing a composition, the musicians take turns playing solos on stage. This allows audience to concentrate and fully enjoy their virtuosity and the sound of different instruments.

In the business environment, this approach transforms into regularly praising the staff and thank them personally and for all for their contribution to each of them feel valuable in the eyes of the manager and colleagues.

4. Pauses in the middle of the workflow.

In the course of jazz, the number of musicians playing may increase or decrease, depending on the evolution of the composition. When a musician do not need to play some part, he can get away from the scene, allowing the audience to focus all attention on the remaining jazzman. It also allows him to pause and rest until the next entry in the game.

Also in business: companies can provide employees with short breaks during the working day. Short sleep, invigorating walks, meditation - all contribute to endurance, a sense of well-being and stimulates creativity.

5. Immerse yourself completely in the process and have fun.

When jazz musicians are immersed in the game, they become artists. They seem to fall into a trance. They get pleasure from what they are doing.

The combination of commitment, focus and fun is something that helps them to create their perfect performances. Following their example may also be useful. Immersion in the solution of complex problems, encounter face to face with the problems and finding pleasure in their decision is a true formula for success.

original by Donna Sapolin,