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Thursday, August 10 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
For a fresh perspective on team leadership look to the drummer. What? (john ryskowski)

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Assume you have no authority, no control over anyone or anything, and you need to inspire members to perform as never before. Who are you? “Oh, you must be the drummer, set your kit up next to the piano dude.”
When searching for helpful techniques to improve our leadership skills, sometimes the best place to look is to a completely unrelated field. Did you know the techniques used by a big band drummer parallel those of a successful team leader?
On the surface the big band drummer is just another “side-man” without any authority or control. Once the music starts the drummer can invoke confidence and inspire individual members and the entire band to play like never before.
This session will include live demonstrations of the techniques drummers use to support the band in their goal to sound great. An actual big band chart will be played then broken down one section at a time. As the drumming techniques are revealed, so are opportunities to realize new perspectives on team leadership, that’s where you come in.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Specific leadership techniques and lessons learned from an unrelated field
  • Self-discovered insights into leadership without power
  • Inspiration and renewed energy to get back and lead
  • Identify conference attendees with whom to discuss further thoughts on leadership without power


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john ryskowski

President, JFR Consulting
Q: What makes all the hardware and software in an Apple store come to life? A: Relevant conversations The problem always boils down to the people, but within those people lies the solution. The solution cannot start without a conversation with the right people in the same room... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT