Testimonials

Time and time again, an absolute highlight of our leadership development program is the interlude session with orchestra. The chance to sit among the players, to experience the interplay, the connection, the artistry of the musicians is an inspiring and unforgettable experience.  Even more powerful are the business insights our leaders gather during the session. Through the delicate facilitation and wonderfully eloquent commentary as maestro, our leaders gain new insights into the power of the podium, the impact of their leadership and importance of truly listening.  Quite literally you are helping us transform leadership here at eBay…
Beth Axelrod
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
EBAY Inc.
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
Dominic Alldis was the motivational highlight at our European Consulting Conference with about 900 participants in Madrid this year.  His message conveyed the importance both as a conductor and as a manager, using soft skills to reach common success.  His performance was elegant and he showed sheer mastery in creating the music very slowly and thereby building up the tension more effectively. With his work as a musician he demonstrated highest professionalism and excellence.  In fact Mr. Alldis received a standing ovation for his performance. Moreover it was exceptionally pleasant to work with Mr. Alldis. I would highly recommend him for similar events...
Christian Wilmschoefer
Vice President
Siemens Industry Software
I want to thank you immensely for delivering such a remarkable and beautiful experience to the learning & development team at Google during our annual summit. Over the past 24 hours I have been approached by many of my colleagues telling me of how inspired, thrilled and just plain joyful they were in having experienced the music metaphor. Some have also said that it was the best learning experience they had ever had at Google or anywhere, period. That is high praise from a high performing teaming of learning professionals at one of the worlds most successful and admired companies! You have our deep appreciation for creating such a moving and enriching experience for us. May you continue to make beautiful music and share it with the world!...
Richard Fernandez
Director of Senior Executive Development
GOOGLE
Learning about leadership through music is one of the most creative learning experiences I have ever had.  The combination of beautiful music and Dominic's excellent ability in translating the orchestra's experience into everyday business leadership experiences is a unique and powerful opportunity for anyone who participates. I have been privileged to be a past participant but I feel equally privileged to bring this to my colleagues at Morgan Stanley. It is a beautiful, moving and educational experience. Bravo!..
Ellen Shedlarz
Managing Director, COO Talent Management Group
Morgan Stanley
A large part of the beauty of the experience with Dominic and the orchestra is that it allows participants to really feel the difference that leaders can make.  It is one thing to tell executives that they have to be a step ahead of those they lead, or that micromanaging strangles motivation and creativity.  But it is immensely more powerful to show them, and indeed allow them to hear, the disappointing product of the reactive leader or the micromanager.  It also matters that the leadership lessons are offered in the context of the gorgeous music, and Dominic’s gracious facilitation.  It is a session that brings out the best in everyone, as both leaders and learners...
Paul Ingram
Kravis Professor of Business
Columbia Business School
The musical evening led by Dominic and his ensemble is a real magical event.  The beauty of it is how we learn the power of storytelling, how to put together a team of stars and with a few hints generate real teamwork, how to allow teams to alternate leadership at different moments, how to listen for the clues given to you by other team members.  All of this is done in a very professional way.  Dominic is not only a talented musician, but his empathy and connection to the audience allowed us to learn lessons from a very different professional field.  Feedback from the attendees was simply spectacular and it was an evening nobody will forget.  It is a privilege to be associated with you Dominic and we hope to continue working together in the years to come...
Luis Hernán Cubillos
Partner
Egon Zehender
By using the conductor of an orchestra as a metaphor for leadership of an organization, Dominic Alldis delivers a brilliant elaboration on the notion of "organized chaos", an oxymoron shared by both the business and the musical world. Indeed, these two fields need the right balance of rationality and imagination.  In addition, Dominic provides a superb illustration of this concept by reconciling structure and creativity in the elegant pieces of jazz music he performs during his presentation…
Concetta Lanciaux
Adviser to the Chairman, Executive Vice President Synergies
LVMH
Thank you once again for conveying to our group the powerful music/business metaphor.  After two days of exploring the theories of leadership, you made it all come together in our Wednesday "interlude."  That night at our group dinner, participants couldn't stop talking about the transformative experience you led them through.  It was the highlight of their week!  Your insight about business organizations was exactly right:  we talk a lot.  We often talk past each other.  One of the great revelations about the orchestra experience is that musicians must listen as well as they play or the performance suffers.  This is a leadership lesson that was not lost on anyone attending your session…
Rick Zwern
Director, Worldwide Training, Hill & Knowlton
WPP Group PLC
Excellent - the theme of music appealed to everyone.  Dominic’s presentation was very thought-provoking and relevant at both a personal and organizational level.  He was engaging and interactive with the audience and I would recommend his presentation to any organisation...
Liam Keys
Managing Director
GE
The orchestral metaphor is an extremely powerful way to convey leadership messages. I thought the session was really inspiring...
Sir Ian Cheshire
Group Chief Executive
Kingfisher
Let me tell you that you and your musicians had a terrific impact on our audience and they were more than inspired, also re-energised by your performance...
Stephane Voyer
Group HR Development Director
LVMH
Thank you for your remarkably strong contribution to our event; I heard a huge amount of positive feedback about the evening including one seasoned leader saying ‘it was the best, most inspirational talk on leadership he had ever heard’...
Jón Ferrier
Senior Vice President
Maersk
The jazz vision is dead right for today’s organizations.  Compelling, engaging and applicable to creative business.  Mr Alldis is a master of management insight through music...
Nigel Nicholson
Professor
London Business School
Dominic’s presentation really engaged our staff from both the UK and France, and brought management issues to life in a unique and entertaining way…
David Atkins
CEO
Hammerson
I would like to thank you for the excellent talk you gave on Friday during our Executive Team meeting in Istanbul.  Your presentation was very inspiring and appreciated by all your audience.  Your metaphors and the bridge you described between leadership and conducting an orchestra illustrated well the challenges that we are face in our different functions.  This was a great learning experience for all participants...
Michel L. Pettigrew
President and COO
Ferring
It is thanks to Dominic's powerful, yet simple, messages around being 'in tune' with each other while performing that I was able to be crystal clear about my management expectations for my top 50 executives: As Miles Davis said "don't play what you know, play what you hear...
Alfonso Di Ianni
Senior Vice President European Enlargement and Commonwealth of Independent Stages Region Oracle Corporation
Oracle
Dominic's command of his profession rivals that of any senior business leader. His ability to connect key business principles like trust, respect and execution was brought to life through his Music and Management performance. Respectfully, one of the most unique and enjoyable keynote speaker presentations your team will ever witness and one they will be sure to remember...
John K Millis
Vice President
Kimberly Clark
Dominic’s presentation and insights made the meeting one of the most successful senior meetings the company has had—we highly recommend him as a speaker for any organization interested in achieving its potential…
Patricia Kennedy
Learning & Development
Booz Allen
An important part of the Leadership Development Centre was to stretch our managers thinking about leadership using music as a metaphor.  An important result was that our managers began to shift their mindset, seeing leadership through a jazz lens, as improvisation, collaboration and flexibility, not just through a traditional orchestral lens, as "conducting" a team...
Mark Jenner
Talent Organisation & Development Director
Barclays Bank
Dominic's music metaphor has proven to be really effective with our managers; he was just the right person at the right time and has this rare talent to obtain emotional engagement and let the audience discover simple things they will never forget. Highly recommended!..
Benedikt Benenati
Organisational Development Director
Danone
On behalf of UFl, we would like to thank you very much for the remarkable lecture you displayed during the 74th UFI Congress held last week in Versailles.  This event was greatly appreciated by the participants, not only because of its atmosphere and networking opportunities, but also because of its content, for which you played a key and very important role.  The entire UFI Team involved in the congress preparation and organization, as well as the congress moderator,  join us to share this success with you, as you were among those who made it possible...
Vincent Gerard
Managing Director
UFI
Dominic connected music creation with business challenges and it helped re-enforce important messages about teamwork and leadership.  The musical performances were remarkably good, given the short time and lack of talent, it has given us a motive to talk further about how we work together, and most of all it provided a common language regardless of ability or experience, prompting us to think about listening more.  It gave me great confidence in our business challenges going forward…
David Linthwaite
Director of Talent & Development
BBC
An eye opening experience and a very well structured presentation…  Dominic Alldis and the string quartet brought us a very refreshing definition of how to perform in a team…  An inspiring session and definitely a highlight of the course… Excellent, a fantastic night, the comparisons to music and leadership were relevant, but most importantly the night was fun…  It was surprising how well he was able to relate to leadership in business…  One of the highlights of the week…  A very good experience, we learned how to trust and to lead while keeping the harmony…  It was an eye opener, he excelled at getting to the point and highlighting what we have in common...
Buyers Group
International
Unilever
Dominic Alldis of Music & Management inspired us all with an experience that helped the whole organization think about leadership and collaboration in new ways and put us on the road to behavior change — which is always the hardest part of the equation...
Barrie Berg
CEO
What If
From the various comments received so far from our participants, it seems that the Summer Academy was very well appreciated.  From my colleagues at the CBA, I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for having made our first program a wonderful success...
Mahan Amarnath
Corporate Business Academy
EADS
Dominic Alldis spoke at a plenary session of our Conference in Cambridge.  He used music to inspire over 100 attendees drawn from all parts of the globe on how the high-level skills of players can be managed.  There are valuable lessons to be learned and I, for one, will henceforth view conductors of orchestras in a new light...
Meredith Belbin
Founder
Belbin
Dominic and his musicians managed to help focus the Cardinal and his Bishops on their role as leaders within their own organisations.  Using music - classical and jazz – performed as a team of equals created an atmosphere to help the audience engage with one another through the performance.  One of the important takeaways was team versus individual endeavour, as the participants can be somewhat isolated in their daily work.  Through their interactive delivery the musicians demonstrated the value of teamwork...
Stephen Brenninkmeijer
Porticus & The Andromeda Fund
English College
You did a terrific job and your presentation and training session was much appreciated by the participants. I hope you enjoyed your weekend in Marseilles...
Christie Deydier
Directrice de Planning et Developpment
GemaltoFR
Thanks very much indeed for your help with our workshop in South Africa.  Your input at the start of the event proved really effective in getting people to gel, to open up and, probably most importantly, to broaden thinking.  If you are available,  I would like to utilise your skills at our future workshops for our UK and US streams.  Once again, thank you very much indeed for your help...
Greg Hunt
Human Resources Director
Diageo
Dominic Alldis used a musical vocabulary to make his points about collaboration, leadership and creativity that was totally on target and relevant for our business clients and attorneys at our firm.  Our clients gave up many wonderful comments and were very appreciative of being invited to our event…
Lawrence E. Oscar
CEO
Hahn Loeser
Your session reminded us that to pursue true excellence amid the fast-paced business and societal pressures around us, we must embrace the often neglected virtues of listening and patience...
Mark Lee
Director of Strategic Management
Central Bank of Malaysia
Dominic Alldis delivered a brilliant session for a group of 150 international executives from Coca-Cola.  He spoke about collaboration, innovation and responding to change, and then played with a jazz band to bring these concepts to life.  The delegates were delighted and inspired by the session...
Brendan O'Connor
Castle Management
Coca Cola
Music & Management creates magic through a thought-provoking, instructive and fun presentation. They worked with leaders from Sandoz and used music as a metaphor for leadership and team effectiveness.  Their methods are novel, interactive and applicable. Highly recommended...
Gloria Harris & Marty Pollock
Consultants
Sandoz
Just a short note to thank you very much for your entertaining contribution to our Forum. Everybody I spoke to very much enjoyed hearing the musician's trade secrets, and we enjoyed the music too…
Sir Philip Dilley
Executive Chairman
ARUP
Thank you so much for your contribution to the conference last Friday.  Everyone really valued your input last week– the evaluations of your session were universally positive and you gave people plenty to think about.  What you did fitted perfectly with what we had been focusing on earlier in the day…
Alex Galvin
Head of Curriculum and Achievement
Leading Edge
Dominic Alldis' presentation was rich in metaphors and the examples given were relevant, there was never a dull moment.  This really is the best type of 'management development' - interactive, pertinent, thought provoking and entertaining.  I can say it was quite the best professional development event I have attended in many years. Well done and thank you…
Marcus Hill
North Yorkshire Business Link
Yorkshire Water
Thank you for an enlightening performance. You have brought The Guru Series to new heights!..
Datin Mornifairos Bte Othman
Executive Vice President, Group Organisational Learning
Maybank
Dominic and his jazz band used music to beautifully illustrate his key messages – and it really made the event feel special...
Rob Papps
CEO England & Wales
Nando's
Thank you Dominic.  You really made a difference to our conference in Budapest…
Sari Kivenen
Head of Marketing, Packet Networks & Security
Nokia
Thank you again for your fascinating keynote speech!  We hope to see you again very soon…
Katherine Heid
Network Manager
Reseo
Thanks for being so wonderful onboard ship, you were fantastic and I am eternally gratefully...
Evie Owen
Richmond Events
PIMS Forum
It was such a pleasure to work with you on the Leadership Forum. The reaction was that you and the orchestra piece were absolutely exceptional. Congratulations. I look forward to the next opportunity to work together...
John Gregory
Marketing Communications Director
ArjoHuntleigh
I want to convey my thanks for what was a truly memorable event.  Your talk was such a positive and uplifting experience.  What worked so well was how you engaged and interacted with the audience throughout your presentation.  A hard balancing act that you achieved with enviable ease and absolute charm.  Thank you…”
Lisa Grainger
Organisational Development
NHS Hillingdon Trust
Thank you for a very successful and enjoyable event for the finance team of EIB.  Everybody seems to have liked the evening.  I got much positive, even enthusiastic feedback, absolutely unheard of… not a single disgruntled remark!
Bertrand de Mazières
Director General of Finanace
European Investment Bank
The Music & Management presentation was stimulating, thought provoking and very worthwhile.  It gave our management team an interesting new framework for looking at management issues...
Andrew Kemble
Management Director
Yamaha Pianos UK
Dominic Alldis' presentation was rich in metaphors and the examples given were relevant, there was never a dull moment.  This really is the best type of 'management development' - interactive, pertinent, thought provoking and entertaining.  I can say it was quite the best professional development event I have attended in many years. Well done and thank you…
Marcus Hill
Northern Yorkshire Link Manager
What a refreshing, practical way to demystify effective leadership. Simple, entertaining and drawn from the familiar experience of music, yet powerful and profound. A true learning experience for me in a very long time...
Bright Nkosi
VP Human Resources, Cereals Partners Worldwide
Nestlé
I want to thank you warmly for your great intervention this afternoon. It was a pleasure to have you among us and throughout the reception we heard Humanitarian Coordinators and our own senior leadership praising the session and your gentle and compelling approach to bringing them to reflect on leadership. And of course we all enjoyed the music!…
Séverine Rey
Officer in Charge, Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Unit (HLSU) United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
United Nations
The time spent with you had an immense impact on all attending and provided us with new concepts, that the universal language of music evokes with simplicity and clarity.  Your piano performances giving examples of terms such as dynamics, timing, listening, communication, tone, rhythm and many other fundamental aspects, not only brought home the point of how essential these are to music, but also showed how they touch our everyday professional and personal lives...      
Brigitte Galut
Director of Training
Cartier
The event was a big success – thank you once again...
Mogens Maltby
Leadership Development Specialist
Novo Nordisk
Thank you so much again for the session you ran for us - it went down fantastically well, as I knew it would…
Marco Amitrano
UK Head of Consulting
PWC
I and others were blown away with your performance.  You were the finale that pulled all the content from the day together into a moving, touching performance…
Kristie Bartee
Director, Development Excellence
AbbVie