Consultants would do well to learn some lessons from artists, says Graham Wright, consulting services leader for IBM Global Business Service.
They need to be fearless, to think creatively, take risks and challenge established ideas.
One of the features of jazz improvisation is the need to be fearless – to make mistakes in public, to keep moving as you create in real time, and to make the inevitable mistakes work for you.
As jazz giants, including Jon Hendricks, have said, “In jazz there are no mistakes, only opportunities.” Check out this brilliant example from him – with Lambert and Ross – of fearless communication!
And if you haven’t heard the latest podcast, take a listen – it’s all about communication (or the lack of it) in organisations.