Business Relationship Management for the Digital Enterprise

Afterword extract

20 Leadership Lessons from the Performing Arts

The Afterword taps my favorite hobby—performing in a rock ‘n roll band—and it draws out twenty lessons from my experiences in the performing arts that can be applied to IT organizational leadership, management, creativity and teamwork.

I took advantage of being between consulting engagements to take some personal time to indulge my alter ego. While my Dr. Jekyll is a somewhat staid and introverted management consultant and educator, I have a Mr. Hyde lurking inside who loves nothing more than to strap on a guitar, plug into a powerful sound system, and make musical mayhem!  I discovered an outlet for my alter ego while looking for ideas for a sabbatical when I saw a segment about Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp on a Delta flight back in 2005. 

That 5-day rock camp in Hollywood, CA had me jamming and performing with rock stars including Roger Daltrey (The Who), Jon Anderson (Yes), Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and many more. I was teamed up into an instant 'band' with five other campers and assigned a counselor—Kelly Keagy, drummer, singer, and songwriter from the band Night Ranger. Kelly was the creative and singing force behind the rock anthem, “Sister Christian,” and many other hits.

Our band went to hell and back during the course of a long week, rehearsing from morning till night, jamming with other campers and counselors, and learning about song writing and the music business in master classes led by the counselors. Our rapid sequence of 'forming, storming, norming and performing' phases were rewarded by winning the Battle of the Bands at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip, Ca and filmed for network and cable television.  But that experience, and other adventures that it led to, provided many rich lessons for IT management and for life. I share 20 of them in the Afterword to the book. Please, buy the book and read on.