Listening to international musicians improvize at the Cully Jazz Festival  I thought about the “beautiful music” made through the interactions of 28 senior executives from 19 countries representing 15 industries during the IMD program Advanced Strategic Management.  Each ASM participant entered the program determined to design the best solution to a concrete business challenge they faced.  They left not only as individuals each with his or her own finely honed action plan, but also as a team of  executives who indeed made beautiful music together through helping each other.   And, as I led my session first at ASM and then for the full IMD community on the importance of Highly Relational Engagement of Stakeholders – internal and external – for creating long-term value, I also experienced how through our engaged dialogue we too created unique and beautiful music since it is different each time I facilitate this dialogue with different groups. From the two videos below enjoy the music of “Summertime” and share your feedback on the music of engaging stakeholders.

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  • Theo April 6, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Nadine, your ideas you presented on Highly Relational Engagement of Stakeholders reminded me of many points we discuss in the course I teach on Citizenship at the University of New England when we do our unit on the importance of building social capital in communities and how the benefits of strong social capital is multi-faceted. Have you read Lew Feldstein’s and Robert Putnam’s book, “Better Together”? Here is a link to a press release about it: Though their focus is on civic engagement, it certainly relates very directly to your work on corporate engagement.

  • Andrea April 18, 2011, 8:29 am

    Hi Nadine,
    Inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  • Sherry Roth April 18, 2011, 1:40 pm

    You make the world a better place. I love you!

  • Gary Pollack April 21, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Great piece, Nadine! I couldn’t agree more. A healthy organization, filled with different communication and work styles, operates like a symphony.

    Also, big news: I was just awarded a Bonderman Travel Fellowship! Next year I will travel across 3 continents, seeking out the ways music has shaped many of the cultures I encounter. There could not have been better timing for this post!

  • Peter Cook January 2, 2012, 6:03 pm

    The jazz session looked great Nadine. You may appreciate this article that relates to the topic.

    Let us know if you ever want to do this kind of thing live rather than watching at a distance.



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