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But Who Will Make Their Tea?

Summary: Symphony orchestra conductor Peter Wiegold draws upon his early musical experiences to explain how interacting with "the team" breaks down barriers that prevent free expression and harmony. Frustrated by his sometime rigid relationship with orchestras, he traveled widely seeking a solution. An invitation to compose a piece for the conservatory in Surakarta, Java provided the opportunity. During rehearsal the musicians eagerly took up the piece, suggesting additions and revisions until all barriers between composer and performers were gone and the piece belonged to everyone. Wiegold took his lesson home where he refined the delicate balance between opening imaginative space and maintaining artistic focus. He is now comfortable in his dialogue with musicians and is able to incorporate their imaginations in his own work. Wiegold draws a parallel between his musical experience and the empowerment of the individual and the management of creative teams in the business world. A primary rule in music is that things work well when they are also strong and autonomous in themselves. Contemporary culture is first and foremost plural, and it is changing rapidly. While frightening to some, this volatility opens up enormous potential.

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  • Topics: Change Management, Human Resources, Leadership
  • Keywords: Communication,Community relations,Conflict resolution,Creativity,Cultural change,Performing arts,Empowerment,Human relations,Leadership,Management styles,Motivation,Diversity
  • Author: Wiegold, Peter
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation