Leadership and Collaboration
The symphony orchestra is one of the most powerful and illuminating metaphors for a large business organisation.
In the Orchestra Experience participants are seated within a live orchestra. Dominic Alldis begins by conducting an inspiring piece of symphonic music, giving participants a rare opportunity to see and hear music being played from inside the orchestra, observe the role of the conductor and orchestral players, and experience the power of non-verbal communication.
Using a series of carefully crafted exercises, participants are invited to engage in an interactive discussion with the conductor and musicians about how playing in an orchestra mirrors the culture of a business organization. Themes explored include the importance of collaboration, listening, trust, preparation and technical excellence, as well as creative freedom within the constraints of a large organisation. Participants are encouraged to reflect on how an orchestra like any large organisation must adapt and embrace the possibilities of the digital age. They also learn how the role of the conductor or "maestro" is to realise the composer's intentions and provide a framework in which others can excel.
Since 2005, Music & Management has provided over 100 events with live orchestra for their worldwide senior leadership development program. Locations have included Athens, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Bogota, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Istanbul, Jakata, Kuala Lumpur, Lima, London, Lucerne, Malmo, Mexico, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shangai, Toronto and Warsaw.
“After two intensive days of self-discovery and expanding their leadership mindset and skills, participants arrive at the orchestral interlude -- always, the program's crescendo. You bring to life what leadership embodies, inspiring our leaders to stretch to their fullest potential. Your insights about collaboration and trust resonate powerfully with our leaders in the context of their teams and the business. In their words, "transformative and empowering" - elevating their sense of purpose and a shared responsibility for the work and for their teams. Simply magical..." Lynne Mueller, Director of Worldwide Training, WPP GROUP PLC
eBay provides consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales services via the internet.
Leadership eBay was set up to provide leadership, teambuilding and creativity programs for senior management at eBay and Paypal. Music & Management have been a key part of their strategy, presenting the Orchestra Experience between 2005 and 2013.
Deutsche Bank employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and is ranked as one of the largest investment banks in the world.
Since 2007, Columbia Business School have engaged Music & Management to provide the orchestra experiences for Deutsche Bank’s newly appointed managers. Attendees listen to excerpts of a classical masterpiece played by the Chelsea Symphony of New York and engage in an interactive discussion about leadership, teamwork and integrity in the workplace.
Morgan Stanley is one of the world's leading investment banks.
In 2008, they asked Music & Management to deliver the Orchestra Experience to board members hosted by CEO John Mack. This was followed by an event in New York for 230 newly-appointed Managing Directors. They listened to a performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and an interactive discussion about effective teamwork, integrity and inspirational leadership.
Abbott PLC is a global healthcare company that conducts innovative research and manufactures products for human health.
The Senior Management Forum 2010 met with performance coach Jamil Qureshi and then listened to a performance of Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony conducted by Dominic Alldis. It was followed by a discussion about communication, listening, trust and leadership within orchestras and business organisations.
Listen to a jazz band and discuss flexibility, innovation and the emerging gig economy within a fast-moving commercial world…
Hear a string quartet perform a classical masterpiece and discuss the coordination and precision needed for high level performances...
Compare a classical and jazz approach to business and discuss how to balance strategic alignment and creative independence…
Listen to a piano performance and engage in an interactive discussion about communication, listening, artistry and dedication...
Hear a conductor and jazz musician talk about leadership, teamwork and innovation using music as a metaphor for the world of business...
Dinner courses are interspersed with interludes providing insights into leadership, teamwork and innovation from the world of music...