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Itay Talgam at TED 2009

The greatest conductors on leadership & managment. Cultivate the BEST talent, then let them do their job. How to lead, direct, correct… Different styles:

http://www.ted.com/talks/itay_talgam_lead_like_the_great_conductors.html

Itay Talgem is one of the world’s most esteemed conductors, and in this TED Talk, he breaks apart leadership skills of other world renowned conductors. It’s fascinating in and of itself, but it’s more enlightening when thought of in terms of business and project leadership and management. Also, community and cause leadership–it is critical to cultivate and nurture the creative class in a style that helps them bring the best they have everytime. Conductors have been doing this well for centuries. Let’s take a lesson from the best.

Archaic management styles of blind obedience and linear hierarchies reap the worst in productivity and progress within your workforce. It’s time for every business and leader to change from this mindset or risk becoming miserably irrelevant. The most valuable thing a leader has to give is to empower others to lead, but if you’re stuck in the ineffective beliefs of traditional role delineation where insecurites and power-mongering run amuck within leadership, you essentially create an oppressive regime. Here, creativity and buy-in become stiffled amongst your team, and this directly errodes productivity and progress. You create an army of mindless drones instead of a team of empowerd, creative problem-solvers and critical thought leaders.

One of two things will happen if you put too many restrictions on creative professionals: 1) they will flee from you or 2) they will produce drab uninspired work. If you want them to create the masterpeices you hired them to create, step back a bit. Let them tinker and make mistakes (as long as the mistakes aren’t too costly), and they will produce masterpeices over and over again for you and your company.

What leadership style speaks best to you? Are there any lessons you’re taking away from veiwing this presentation? Has it changed your thinking in any way?

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Comments on: "The Rise of the Creative Class: leading talent often means getting out of the way" (8)

  1. I want to publicly thank Richard Florida (http://www.creativeclass.com/) who very generously retweeted this blog post to his followers. I am humbled. For those who do not know, it is Mr. Florida who made the “Creative Class” a wide-spead concept through authoring numerous books and championing the concept in our society. If you liked this post and are not very familiar with Mr. Florida’s work, please check out his website and his books. His latest is called: “The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity .” http://www.amazon.com/Great-Reset-Working-Post-Crash-Prosperity/dp/0061937193

    Thanks again Richard!

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