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Harmonious management: Leadership and communication in an orchestra

Roderick Shaw (Roderick Shaw lives and works in Köln, Germany as a professional conductor and pianist with experience in orchestral management. E‐mail:

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



Organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the need to develop their capacity to navigate in uncharted waters. Our current performance culture demands instant answers, yet fast knowledge paradoxically disables us in that it tends to limit the scope of the questions we pose. Developing the imagination entails asking questions without obvious answers, listening to the unbelievable, tuning into a universe of possibilities rather than certainties. Music is a powerful metaphor to help us develop our capacity for unprotected exploration.



Shaw, R. (2004), "Harmonious management: Leadership and communication in an orchestra", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 10-12.



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