My last edition of the blog was on Leadership and the strain continues here in our Social and Enterprise Context. I would request you to first view the Video I have embedded with this edition before you continue to read the rest of this edition.
HK Venkatram is one of the most accomplished and sought after violinists in the Carnatic Music field. HKV also works for Intel Corporation as Director of Intel Architecture Group in India. He belongs to the rare creed in which he pursues two careers in parallel seeking excellence in both chosen fields. I am privileged to be both his student and friend.
Once you have watched this video, you will be amazed at how just a note can affect an emotional attribute. It is very important to understand the subtlety between a plain note and its interpretation, though. A note in itself is incapable of evoking an emotion but its interpretation and combination with another note is what causes the emotional impact. We will park this here for a few minutes and look at music from another perspective.
In the western world most of the music is written and is performed in symphony by an orchestrator. What you see in front of the musicians are the notes that each one is required to play. But the interpretation of that music is dependent on how the orchestrator waves his wand and expresses a connection with his musicians to connect the notes to form music which is evocative emotionally. It is not as though these individual musicians who form the orchestra are not capable of interpreting and evoking you emotionally. It is just a system and practice. Of course we are all familiar how jazz ensemble came to be an improvisation of the orchestra music.
This is where my discussion on music ends and the Leadership – Enterprise inference begins. Every individual is capable of being a leader depending on his / her mastery and maturity in music. The orchestrator is by no means the only leader. Yet, it is important to understand that if the orchestrator weren’t there to lead the orchestra, it might actually be a very terrible experience to go to a concert because hearing the plain notes being repeated is no fun. Leaders whether in a group or individually have to learn to master their craft for that expression to touch their audience.
In the modern context of a democratic and social world, when people are able to perform orchestras over the internet, with musicians being in different parts of the world, why do organizations struggle to orchestrate business processes and connect people to make an emotional impact on their audience? The reason is very simple. In the first case, the practitioner continues to hone his fine art as an individual performer and constantly looks at new influences to improve his skills. In the latter, many slump into the rigmarole of just doing the job in an orchestra and earning a living. This is what happens to people and their jobs in organizations.
People in enterprises need to be energized in the context of the modern connected world. People have to not only find mastery of their craft but also find that deep insight to interpret that in the context of their enterprise and make an impact on the desired audience. When this happens, the individual musician is comfortable expressing individually as well as collectively in an orchestra. The vice-versa unfortunately fails in most cases for a lack of motivation and incentive. The modern enterprise must transform for the individual to be able to find the subtlety between Data, Information and Intelligence.