The Music Metaphor
As well as providing enjoyment, music is a powerful metaphor for discussing business related issues such as leadership, teamwork, creativity and personal development. For example; How does a conductor lead a symphony orchestra? How do jazz musicians innovate within a fast-moving and turbulent environment? How do composers find inspiration to create new music? These provocative questions use a non-business vocabulary to explore new ways of thinking about business practice and what it means to excel as a corporate player.
Dominic Alldis is a conductor and jazz musician. He has been speaking internationally to business audiences for over 15 years. To illustrate key points he uses video, interactive exercises, as well as a live piano or jazz band performance. He is represented by some of the world's leading speaker bureaus (see Business Partners). Dominic Alldis is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a Steinway Artist.
Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics, with 461,000 employees. In 2015, Dominic Alldis was invited to deliver a keynote address to 1000 technical managers and software engineers as part of training and communication conference in Madrid. Topics included leadership and the orchestra, the innovation and risk taking in jazz, as well as building trust and collaboration within the workplace.
“Dominic Alldis was the motivational highlight at our European Consulting Conference with about 900 participants in Madrid this year. He successfully managed to use the symbolism of an orchestra in an outstanding manner, to demonstrate how the role of a conductor and that of a team within a company are similar. His message conveyed the importance both as a conductor and as a manager, using soft skills to reach common success. I would highly recommend him for similar events…" Christian Wilmschoefer, Vice President, Siemens Industry Software Gmbh
CA Technologies is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest independent software corporations in the world.
In 2013 "CA" invited Dominic Alldis to address their Annual Conference in Berlin. He spoke about leadership, collaboration and improvisation within the world of music and performed with a live jazz band. The event was organised by JLA Speaker Bureau.
Maersk Oil is an international oil and gas company and part of the Maersk Group, a global conglomerate operating in global trade, shipping and energy.
In 2013, they invited Dominic Alldis to be a guest speaker at their Annual Leadership Conference in Portugal. He spoke about leadership and orchestras, as well as jazz and innovation, and the remarkable ability of jazz musicians to reinvent themselves within the face of change. He was accompanied by three musicians from the Lisbon jazz scene.
UFI is the international association of the exhibition industry.
In 2007, they invitied Dominic Alldis to address their 74th UFI Congress in Versailles, Paris. The speech entitled “All that Jazz – a musician’s perspective on leadership, teamwork and creativity” was given to 350 delegates. The engagement was arranged by London Speaker Bureau.
The South-African restaurant group Nando’s was founded in 1987 and now operates over 1000 outlets in 35 countries. In 2010 it was named “best big company to work for” by the Sunday Times.
For their 2014 Partners Conference in London, they invited Dominic Alldis to speak about preparation and performance, orchestras and jazz bands, culture and authentic leadership. He was accompanied by professional musicians from the London jazz scene. The engagement was arranged by Speakers Corner.
Sit within a live orchestra, enjoy a performance and engage in an interactive discussion about leadership, collaboration, listening and trust…
Listen to a jazz band and discuss improvisation, creativity, adaptability, risk-taking and change within a fast-moving commercial world…
Hear a string quartet perform a classical masterpiece and discuss the coordination and precision needed for high level performances...
Compare a classical and jazz approach to business and discuss how to balance strategic alignment and creative independence…
Listen to a piano performance and engage in an interactive discussion about communication, listening, artistry and dedication...
Dinner courses are interspersed with interludes providing insights into leadership, teamwork and innovation from the world of music...