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What Can Michael Jackson Teach Us About Leadership

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Image from Bad 25 Album ArtMJ Bad 25

Another installment in the series A More Confident You!

Yes, I’m referring to THE Michael Jackson.  Recently I saw Bad 25 which is a 2012 documentary film about the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's 1987 album directed and co-produced by Spike Lee. What struck me most about the documentary, in addition of course to the amazing talent, was how many people launched their careers by working with Jackson.  In addition to all the talented choreographers and musicians, Sheryl Crow was a backup vocalist during his Bad World Tour from 1987–1989. Wesley Snipes appeared as Michael Jackson’s nemesis in the Martin Scorsese-directed music video "Bad" in 1987. Bad was the third, and final, musical collaboration between Jackson and Quincy Jones. The album was produced by Jones, with co-production credit given to Jackson.

What great leaders do is surround themselves with others who have the skills and talents to enhance what they already possess. They also have a clear vision of where they’re going and what they want to accomplish. Certainly Jackson had a clear artistic vision and knew the direction he wanted to take with his art. He made sure that he collaborated with others who had that special something extra that would motivate him to accomplish what he set out to do.  AND….he was constantly rearranging and enhancing his work long after everyone else called it quits for the day or night.

The concept of rehearsal is in the DNA of the artist.  Without it there wouldn’t be a professional performance.  In other words, practice makes perfect and builds confidence.  When it comes to your personal development how often do you step back, reflect, ask for feedback and rehearse before launching into the next project, or work/life move? In business, the professional product is expected to be delivered without rehearsal time. The rehearsal resides in taking the time to answer four powerful questions – Who Am I? What do I want? Where am I going? How do I get there?  Wouldn’t the result be much better if you created the opportunity to practice and rehearse along the way? Do you start building momentum and then stop?

Getting back to Michael Jackson and leadership, artists rehearse constantly to perfect their art – business leaders, not so common. Rehearsal in business lies in the ability for the individual to become self-directed.  Choices should be initiated by the individual, discussed and ratified with the manager and supported by the organization. Consider this the rehearsal.  It all starts with surrounding yourself with great talent who aren’t afraid to critique your performance and provide you with constructive feedback.  The leader accepts the information and creates a plan to move forward.  Practice using the opportunity to create your own development script, select a cast of characters to help you and rehearse until you’ve acquired the competencies you’re striving for.  Our organization has developed a “rehearsal” tool that will help you to reflect on your successes and translate them into your personal motivational stories. 

Ask yourself these questions:

How can I incorporate a rehearsal strategy into my work and life?

What do I need in order to start?

What are the work and life stories that I can incorporate into my rehearsals?

If you need support with how to start a rehearsal strategy contact me – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Let me know how you’re rehearsal practice is going.

In the meantime, take a break and watch Michael Jackson rehearsing in his studio. Great footage of the infamous moonwalk:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awm3VRu2HFM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I help individuals, teams and organizations enhance communications and improve executive presence by providing strategies for management and leadership development, career growth, and work/life balance.

My expertise is helping women in transition give VOICE to their work and life. The acronym VOICE addresses Values, Opportunity, Individuality, Commitment and Empowerment. If you’re ready to get vocal and have a clear plan in place for your sales and marketing strategy, develop leadership skills, know who you are as a leader, then connect with WorkLife for Women and be heard.

Our core competencies in personal development use an array of assessment technologies to realign individual performance through an understanding of passion, and strengths and motivations.

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with several individuals and organizations including The Columbus Dispatch, KBW Inc., Medical Mutual of Ohio, Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide Children's Hospital, New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center, NetJets, Yale-New Haven Hospital, The Ohio State University Department of Continuing Education, NARMS, The Limited, Pratt & Whitney, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Action for Children.





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