You’re reading this post hoping to gain insight as to why I applied for a job in your organization that doesn’t seem an immediate fit.
Musicians in training spend many, many solitary hours diligently practicing a single musical phrase in hopes of learning how to play it well (musically and technically speaking). That singular focus on the task at hand is a result of discipline and patience.
Once the musician has mastered a few phrases, they’ll be keen to meet other musicians and converse. This dialogue continues via the script of the music (the composer’s expression), as well as the non-verbal communication between each musician during the performance of the music. This layer is real-time discussion: decisions are made by each musician as they hear their voice in relation to the other voices. A sophisticated, organic multi-tasking event. The best can repeat this performance at will, as often as needed, thanks to body memory.
Another facet of multi-tasking to the extreme is improvisation – all of the above abilities used simultaneously with spontaneity. An improvising musician is an especially sure-footed and confident personality, eg, an out-of-the-box thinker.
I suppose it goes without saying.
Those musicians who climb out of the pit and onto the podium to conduct are, obviously, leaders. Conductors delicately balance the task of communicating the composer’s expression, along with adding their own personal interpretation. They are the chief officers of the organization.
However, within a large ensemble, such as an orchestra, the first chair of each section (violin, oboe, trumpet, for example) are also designated leaders. Their job is, essentially, a middle manager, as they help deliver the conductor’s artistic message.
Musicians who aspire to compose are the equivalent of a company founder or entrepreneur. They are the creators of the material conductors and musicians play, in essence the chief executive.
I am an improvising musician who conducts and composes music. I enjoy working in the corporate world because I adapt my life experience to the task at hand, bringing along my keen sense of humor. I’ve left every position in a better state than when I arrived and have maintained friendships with my former employers. One of my colleagues once referred to me as “the bright light in the room.” Others have thought I am intimidating. From their perspective, I am – I excel at the task at hand, whilst cracking jokes, and deliver the highest quality product under budget and ahead of the deadline.
Excuse me, I hear the phone ringing. . .perhaps, it’s you calling to chat about contribution to your company. If so, let me write, “thanks.”