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Leadership Lessons From Jazz – Yes To the Mess

Frank J. Barrett played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and now teaches at the Naval Postgraduate School. In his new book, Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz, Barrett draws analogies between playing jazz to challenges leaders face in companies. He discusses how in jazz players always need to adapt to changes and complexity in the music and in playing. In jazz, you invent novel responses and adjust your sound as your role changes. Barrett makes clear connections between playing in jazz and leading within an organization.

You can listen to a Barrett interview about playing jazz, improv and how it relates to leadership lessons on an HBR podcast.

Fortune magazine posted an article about Barrett work here.