Leading by Listening

Leading by Listening is a new executive learning experience designed for corporate management teams, based heavily on role-playing between the orchestra and its conductor. An orchestra is a great place to “model” organizational behavior and explore ways to improve teams.

Attendees will be seated in the midst of the orchestra within "their section" - (woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, etc.) - to experience the main part of the program, which should last approximately 60 minutes.

The conductor will move through the music and discuss what’s happening with both the players and the participants, drawing lessons in leadership from their interactions.

The Workshop Will Explore:

  • Modeling issues and challenges in an inspiring and enjoyable, non-threatening way
  • Micromanaging and the law of unintended consequences
  • Relaying messages with eye contact and gestures
  • “Passing the baton” and shifting leadership to others
  • Mixed messages
  • Empowering groups through effective use of language and communication

At the end, the orchestra will perform a complete work, without interruption or comment, to demonstrate how a musical team works together to produce a product that is beautiful and meaningful.

Lessons learned?

  • An orchestra, like a great business team, is a living breathing, ever changing community of individuals. All strive to come together to express passions, emotions and inner selves in a collective effort.
  • How to create a feeling of community in work places with teams that are focused on each other, rather than just on their leader.
  • A conductor, like a great manager, helps people feel ownership of the whole piece, not just their individual parts.
  • A true “maestro” becomes a master of leadership by listening.
  • Truly great leaders, whether conductors striving for perfect harmony, or CEOs reaching for excellence, act with a vision of their organization at its best, and foster that with their words, actions, and their ears.
  • And, or course, the Philharmonic wants one and all to discover the power of great music.

Concluding the workshop is an interactive and social reception with the conductor and musicians.

Cost: $6,000 for up to 30 participants
Call Hope Bowie at 260.481.0784 or email hbowie@fwphil.org for more information.