This year I have been blessed to meet some fantastic people around the blogging universe. They have kindly offered to send me a Christmas message, so here for your delight are some Rock’n’Roll life and business coaching tips taken from a magical mystery tour round the world:
We start out journey close to my home in London: Meet Doug Shaw, author of Stop Doing Dumb Things to Customers, who indulges me with a bit of punk rock. “Joe Strummer taught me to be ‘anti-ignorance’ and for sharing ‘Without People You’re Nothing’
Doug also offered us the example of Neil Ellwood Peart from the supergroup Rush – for his ability to recover from personal tragedy and his endless thirst for improvement. A class act. Lest we forget:
We must rush on … to platform 9 and ¾ at Kings Cross to join The Flying Scotsman. We are met in Edinburgh by Colin Millar, aka The Ranting Scotsman. Colin cranks it up with a leadership lesson from classic rock: Queen’s ‘One Vision, One Mission’.
Colin rants “The title and lyrics say it all and I think it’s a great message for business people – ‘One Vision’ is first and foremost about the ‘vision’ and extrapolating what that vision is and the unity vision creates, bringing people and cause together. I also like the concept of ‘consensus in eden’ that runs through the song”.
From a big country we then take a passage to India, to hear from Sonia Jaspal, who focuses on the power of music to create and maintain emotions. She says “I think without music, the world would lose the most beautiful power of expressive emotions. It touches the depth of our soul. I am still a person that when I listen to some of the softer numbers I have tears in my eyes. Yeah, I need a box of tissues while watching some movies. Also, without music, one would lose most of the inspirations in life. When one listens to beautiful music it somewhere resonates deep within. It has the capacity to change emotions and thinking.
Sonia’s favorite song is from an Hindi movie titled Safar (Journey). The song is ‘Zindagi Ka Safar’ (Life’s journey) sung in Kishore Kumar. It is portrayed via an actor suffering cancer. He is singing the song:
Moving on to Canada, home of Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Francois Guay, who leads the Attack Defend Disrupt blog. His choice of music that offers us a lesson in life or business is ‘More than a Feeling’ by Boston:
Francois takes up the story “This song contains my favourite guitar riff ever.“ Editor’s note – I can sign up to that! “Although most people see it as a man disappointed in a having lost someone he loved, the song to me is all about reaching your goal, i.e. When you achieve one of your key goals that is “more than a feeling” it’s sublime and must be reproduced again and again.” Seems like a lot of people agree that music inspires us to focus on and reach our goals.
Back to Blightly to meet Alison Chisnell, HR Director of Informa and author of The HR Juggler. Alison’s song with a message is Billy Joel’s ‘All About Soul’. She takes up the story: “The context is that as an idealistic 18 year old, I had just begun a six month stint working in a children’s home in Zimbabwe as part of my gap year and in the early days I felt isolated, homesick and terrified that I had made the wrong decision. This song resonated as a reminder to commit fully to the adventure I was experiencing, to bring my values and passion to the task at hand, to ‘man-up’ and become more resilient and to accept that standing up and being counted was and is a good thing. Bland is rarely, if ever, good….so don’t be afraid to be you and get stuck in! Just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean that it won’t be hugely rewarding.”
Staying on the theme of soul, we finish with Sharon Howard, who offers us lessons in life and business from Bill Withers about the importance of delegation, support and asking for help. We all need the help of others in order to succeed and they need us too, we all need somebody to lean on 🙂 A truly inspirational piece:
Coming up, we have more stories from bloggers and cool people all round the world.
Hope you have a Rock’n’Roll Christmas! – if you have not yet treated yourself to a free copy of my new micro book ‘Punk Rock People Management’, get an electronic copy by mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing your comments on this blog, suggesting other songs that have meaning for you.