All In Good Time

NEWS / ARTICLES 17th July 2018

WORKING IN HARMONY:
WHAT MUSICIANS CAN TEACH US ABOUT PLAYING OUR PART AT WORK

Whether you’re the lead singer, bass player or that guy who ‘plays the scissors’ for Noel Gallagher, all members of a band share one ultimate goal: to give the best performance they can muster. Although their individual roles may be very different, musicians are united by ‘the bigger picture’ of a performance. A testimony to the Aristotelian sentiment that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, the exceptional ability of musicians to work together comes from having a clearly outlined collective aim and a strong understanding of how they contribute to achieving it.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Bird

However, seeing ‘the bigger picture’ isn’t only important to those who work in a rehearsal studio. A study conducted by Deloitte reported that 73% of employees who felt they were part of a ‘purpose-driven’ company were engaged at work, compared to 23% who did not. Moreover, individuals who understand how their job roles directly contributed to their company’s overall success have been found to exhibit higher levels of efficiency and innovation. Interestingly, that bigger picture becomes more obtainable when everyone has a thorough understanding of their own duties and those of others; research on schoolchildren has found that participation and productivity in team activities increases when each member is assigned a unique role. From the classroom to the stage, it seems that context and communication are key; we have to “connect the dots”, between largescale objectives, individual tasks and the actions those working down the corridor to transform a daily grind into a raison d'ĂȘtre.

With half of our workforce describing their jobs as lacking meaning, it’s time to rekindle a sense of purpose, value and connectivity among our employees. But where to start? Sometimes, as The Shapeshifters sang, it’s best to “bring it back to basics”. The simple task of rehearsing and performing as a band acts as a musical microcosm that recaptures the importance of each individual and the part they (quite literally) play in obtaining an end goal. What’s more, when a team takes a final bow on stage that bigger picture becomes crystal clear to everyone; their collective achievement is experienced as applause, cheers and heckles for an encore. With musicians consistently reporting a deep sense of meaning and purpose in their work, switching on the PA is certainly a good way to begin reclaiming a team’s drive to succeed. Scissor-player or frontman, accountant or CEO, music can be a powerful tool for reconnecting everyone to ‘the bigger picture’ and, ultimately, to each other.

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