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Jazz et leadership

How to manage complexity and constant change at work while innovating

As surprising as it may sound, by taking risks and invest in an improvisation strategy!

Frank Barrett, jazz pianist and management teacher, takes inspiration from great jazzmen's innovations, such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, as well as from new technologies or military strategy.

Jazz musicians' implicite rules and frame of mind allow them to balance individual improvisation and coherence of the piece played by the band. They therefore represent great management models to control complex and uncertain environments in companies.

Great jazz musicians are masters of the art of unlearning, interpreting, experimenting and playing solo while supporting each other. The leaders' challenge is to set up this culture in their companies, so their teams may discover, improve and innovate together.

Published courtesy of Harvard Business Press.

French version of Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz.

Translated and adapted by Evelyne Kuoh.

Ebook available here !

For Kindle : here !

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Frank J. Barrett

Frank J. Barrett
Frank J. Barrett is an organizational behaviors and management teacher at the Naval Post Graduate Academy (Monterey, California) and at the Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara, California) within the Human and Organizational Development program. He is a confirmed jazz pianist (he used to play with the Tommy Dorset Orchestra).

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