Not long ago, I sat in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center watching Hugh Wolff, a world renowned conductor, lead the Nashville Symphony in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. It was fascinating!
Toward the end of the evening, it occurred to me that conducting an orchestra and leading a team have much in common. In fact, this analogy has become so powerful to me that I can hardly talk about leadership without referring to this example.
I’ve known Brad Lomenick for over a decade and have participated in his Catalyst leadership events for almost as long. Helping leaders grow is their stated desire, and it’s one that I fully support. Our growth as leaders is central to our success. It’s also increasingly urgent.
The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared.
This is a guest post by Dean Dwyer. He is a former teacher who now makes a living online. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.
I have been pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to connect with some big hitters online. Aside from Señor Hyatt himself, here are a few of the others who have been gracious enough to give me a significant portion of their time.
In 2008, my friend John Saddington convinced me to convert my blog from TypePad to WordPress. It was one of the best decision I ever made.
I will be speaking at INVEST Financial Corporation’s 2013 Leaders Conference in beautiful Palm Springs, California. I will be talking about “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” specifically tailored for people in the financial services industry.
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.