Messy Message Loud and Clear

One of our major morning papers in Sweden, SvD, recently picked up what one of our leading management journals, Chef, had noticed, namely that Frank J. Barrett finally has collected his thoughts on how jazz thinking can make you a better leader.

I remember vividly the first time I met Frank. It was in Copenhagen in 2005 ago at a course in Appreciative Inquiry, organised by the consulting company Resonans. It was a three-day course and, as I recall, the content was decided by us, the participants. Frank presented his repertoire from his vast experience and we selected what we thought we liked and needed most. As a good bandleader, he listened and was willing to experiment.

Ha had us do lots of exercises, both in groups and individually, where he made us do new things and step out of our comfort zones. He let us perform solos, making us all shine. He delivered on his words!
The book "Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz" has received excellent reviews. Not surprising, the people buying the book from Amazon also bought books about Appreciative Inquiry, Storytelling and Jazz. Since I've read some of his stuff before, I'm sure that it's a real treat!