Whilst we were preparing for the various media initiatives the other week, the papers, radio and TV wanted me to offer them some punchy (and short of course) punk rock tips for business. Here’s the ones that got through the press filter on the BBC One News piece with Dolly Parton introducing us – what a coup !
And here’s a few of the rest with some links to previous blog posts. Granted, they are not all punk rock, but I use the term in it’s widest context :-) You can find much more like this in the revised edition of Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll.
1. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga – If you’re having trouble in a work relationship, change what you’re doing, rather than banging your head against the same wall.
2. Like a Virgin – Madonna – To succeed in business, treat each day like its the first time.
3. Knowing me knowing you – Abba – If you want to serve someone really well, find out their wants, needs, whims, foibles, fancies, fantasies, fanaticisms and ensure what you are offering touches the parts that others cannot or dare not reach.
4. Reasons to be cheerful – Ian Dury – Reasons to be cheerful at work include: being listened to; doing things that count; understanding why they matter; being part of something; not having to do pointless tasks; getting meaningful feedback on what you do and so on.
5. Who killed Bambi? – Sex Pistols – Separate conflict over work from conflict over personalities. You can have a good bun fight over a project, but once things are settled, move on and don’t harbour grudges towards the people.
6. I can’t control myself – The Troggs – Creativity without discipline rarely leads to innovation.
7. What do I get? – The Buzzcocks – Pay people well enough, but don’t just focus on pay as the reward for work. This reinforces the conversation about ‘What do I get?’
8. Walk on the wild side – Lou Reed – Encourage mavericks, madonnas and the odd primadonna at work if you want new things to happen.
9. Sexy MF – Prince – Style always wins over substance. Once you have got your product sorted, go for style every time.
10. I still haven’t found what I’m looking for – U2 – Business needs constant learning and reconnaissance. If you stop looking and learning, just like Kodak, you may disappear from view.
To finish listen anew to Bad Romance by Lady Gaga for a bit of punk business attitude: