Leadership, Teamwork, Innovation and the metaphor of music
How does a conductor lead a symphony orchestra? How do orchestral players listen and collaborate to produce exceptional performances? How do jazz musicians thrive in a turbulent environment, build on each other's ideas and produce spectacular musical results? How do composers and songwriters create new musical forms? The world of music provides a powerful lens and new vocabulary for viewing a business environment and discussing leadership, teamwork, listening, trust, diversity and innovation.
Dominic Alldis is an orchestral conductor, jazz musician and business speaker. He has been talking to corporate audiences about music for over 20 years. His conference speeches feature video and audio examples, as well as live performance by a symphony orchestra, jazz or classical quartet, or a multi-culture band. Dominic is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a Steinway Artist.
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Topics & Titles
The Conductor as Leader
Jazz and Teamwork
Music and Collaboration
CASE STUDY... Nestlé
Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), the joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, invited Dominic Alldis to speak about musical leadership, collaboration and innovation at their 2017 Conference in Montreux entitled “Powering Possibilities with Purpose”. The event featured professional jazz musicians from Geneva.
"What a refreshing, practical way to demystify effective leadership. Simple, entertaining and drawn from the familiar experience of music, yet powerful and profound. A true learning experience for me in a very long time..."
Bright Nkosi, VP Human Resources, Cereals Partners Worldwide Nestlé
CASE STUDY... PwC
For their 2017 Partners Conference in London, PWC's UK Head of Consulting invited Dominic Alldis to give a keynote speech about the essential qualities of an orchestral conductor, as well as the skills needed to thrive in the turbulent musical world of jazz. The event featured several jazz musicians from London's vibrant music scene.
"Thank you so much again for the session you ran for us - it went down fantastically well, as I knew it would…"
Marco Amitrano, UK Head of Consulting, PWC
CASE STUDY... Siemens
In 2015, Siemens Industry Software invited Dominic Alldis to deliver a keynote address to 900 technical managers and software engineers as part of a training and communication conference in Madrid. Topics included leadership and the orchestra, innovation and risk taking in jazz, 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
AbbVie is a global pharmaceutical company delivering medical products to people around the world. Innovation is the cornerstone of their business as they focus on developing new medicines, particularly in areas where there is significant need, such as hepatitis C, cancer treatment and women’s health.
For the Leadership Conference 2017 in Chicago, they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to talk about inclusive leadership, team engagement and corporate alignment using the metaphor of music. The event featured a live band from Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene.
Accenture is a global consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, digital, technology and operations services. Their clients include 95 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500.
In 2009, Dominic Alldis of Music & Management was invited to deliver a presentation about jazz and innovation for the Accenture Senior Leadership Development Programme in Lausanne in conjunction with the Institute of Management Development (IMD). The session included three jazz professional musicians from Geneva.
AON PLC is the largest insurance broker in the world based on revenue. It provides risk, retirement and health consulting and has over 500 offices worldwide serving 120 countries with 69,000 employees.
For their 2018 annual conference in Lisbon entitled “Navigating Risk in a Volatile World” they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to explain the principles of jazz and improvisation to provide a different lens for thinking about agility, transparency and trust. The engagement was arranged by Speakers Corner.
ARUP is a global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants.
The senior management team for ARUP Europe asked Music & Management to provide a dinner presentation that interspersed dinner courses with three ‘musical interludes’. Each interlude provided a musical metaphor for a different business issue including leadership, teamwork and creativity. The evening also featured a live jazz band.
Barclays Bank is the world's seventh largest bank and headquartered in London.
As part of their 2014 leadership development program they invited a select group of senior executives to attend a lunchtime jazz concert by the Dominic Alldis Trio. This was followed by an interactive discussion and workshop about jazz and innovation, embracing change, accommodating risk, building trust and shared responsibility.
In 1981, Meredith Belbin published a seminal book "Management Teams - Why They Succeed or Fail".
Belbin now promotes and develops team role theory, enabling individuals and teams to work with greater self-knowledge and understanding. In 2008, they invited Dominic Alldis as keynote speaker for their bi-annual conference in Cambridge.
Booz Allen Hamilton is at the forefront of international consulting, providing a broad range of services in strategy, operations, information technology and program management.
In 2009, Dominic Alldis delivered a keynote speech to 300 partners and Vice Presidents at their Annual Partners Conference in Washington DC. The theme was “Jazz as a Metaphor for Change, Collaboration and Innovation” and provided delegates with a paradigm for discussing a range of strategic concerns. The engagement was arranged by the London Speaker Bureau.
CA Technologies is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest independent software corporations in the world.
In 2013, Dominic Alldis was invited to address the CA 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.
UFI is the international association of the exhibition industry.
In 2007, they invitied the jazz musician 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.
The Coca-Cola Company is a global leader in the beverage industry. It offers hundreds of brands, including soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks and other beverages.
For the Coca-Cola EMEA Conference 2015 in Warsaw, they invited Dominic Alldis as their keynote speaker to relate the world of music to Coke’s enduring legacy and it’s ability to reinvent itself for new generations.
Crowe Horwath is one of the world's leading global professional services organizations with 140 independent member and correspondent firms with offices in 87 countries.
In 2008 Dominic Alldis was invited as after-dinner speaker at their annual conference at Grosvenor House in London. His speech was entitled "Innovation: Encouraging & Controlling It" and featured live musicians from London's vibrant jazz scene.
DSM is a Dutch multinational active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials. Headquartered in Holland it employs over 20,00 people in 50 countries.
For the 2016 DSM Finance Conference they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to deliver a presentation about team dynamics, innovation and leadership in music. It featured three major jazz artists: John Goldsby (bass), Hans Dekker (drums) and Karolina Strassmayer (saxophone). The engagement was arranged by Speakers Associates.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union's nonprofit long-term lending institution. As the world's largest multilateral borrower and lender by volume, it provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects which contribute to furthering EU policy objectives.
In September 2016 the Finance Directorate invited Dominic Alldis to be the keynote speaker at La Philharmonie in Luxembourg. The session focused on the need for collaboration and transparency to faciltate open communication and trust. The visit was arranged by Speakers Associates.
EY is the third largest financial services firm in the world and one of the big four audit firms.
In 2014 they invited Dominic Alldis to be the closing keynote speaker for their Global New Partners Meeting in Istanbul. An audience of 1400 people (700 new partners & spouses) heard Dominic speak about leadership, collaboration and innovation in music and business.
Ferring is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative treatments for reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics.
In 2011, they invited Dominic Alldis as keynote speaker for their Leaders Conference in Istanbul. This was followed by subsequent engagements for senior management in Malta and Paris. It was arranged by Speakers Associates.
GE is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in Boston. The company operates in aviation, healthcare, power, renewable energy, digital, manufacturing, venture capital and finance, lighting, transportation, oil and gas.
In 2008, they invited Dominic Alldis to give a keynote speech to their Global Financial Services meeting in Brussels. Key themes included leadership, the pursuit of excellence and entrepreneurship in music and business.
Gemalto SA (anciennement Gemplus) est le premier fournisseur mondial de plates-formes sécurisées pour cartes à puce.
En 2005-7, ils ont engagé Music & Management pour animer une série d'ateliers de percussions et de présentation sur le leadership, le travail d'équipe et la créativité en musique. Il a été organisé par la société de formation à la gestion basée à Paris AC3 Formation.
GlaxoSmithKline is the world's third largest pharmaceutical company.
In 2011, GSK asked Dominic Alldis to be the guest speaker for a meeting of 200 business development professionals at their headquarters in London. Key themes were collaboration, open communication, trust and team support within a business environment.
Hammerson PLC is a leading European real estate company developing and managing prime shopping centres, retail parks and offices.
For their 2011 Annual Conference in London, they invited Dominic Alldis as their keynote speaker to talk about music and leadership, creativity and collaboration.
The Leading Edge Partnership was established to encourage secondary schools in England to work in partnership to solve some of the most intractable problems in education.
Their 2015 Annual Conference provided an opportunity for head teachers and senior leaders to share interesting work that is going on within the network. They invited Dominic Alldis to be their keynote speaker. Key topics included leadership, collaboration and listening in music and education.
Maybank is the largest bank and financial group in Malaysia, with significant operations in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
In 2014, Dominic Alldis was invited to address their senior management about leadership, collaboration and creativity in music at their head offices in Kuala Lumpur. The visit was arranged by the London Speaker Bureau.
Morgan Stanley is one of the world's leading investment banks.
In 2008, they asked Music & Management to deliver the Orchestra Experience to board members hosted by CEO John Mack. This was followed by an event in New York for 230 newly-appointed Managing Directors. They listened to a performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and an interactive discussion about effective teamwork, integrity and inspirational leadership.
Nestlé is the largest food company in the world, measured by revenues and other metrics. Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) is a joint venture which combines the expertise of two companies: Nestlé and General Mills. Established in 1990, CPW employs 4,600 people and makes many of the world’s most popular breakfast cereals.
For their 2017 Conference in Montreux entitled “Powering Possibilities with Purpose”, CPW invited Dominic Alldis as keynote speaker to speak about leading orchestras and playing jazz, relating it to business issues. The engagement was arranged by Speakers Ideas.
The National Health Service (NHS) employs 1.6 million people with a budget of £137 billion. This makes it possible for UK residents not to be charged for most medical treatment.
In October 2015 NHS Hillingdon Trust invited Dominic Alldis to address senior consultants, managers and head nurses in a lecture about leadership, teamwork and creativity within the world of music. The event was organised by Speakers Associates.
Nokia Siemens Network is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and services companies in the world, employing more than 60,000 people in over 150 countries.
For their 2010 Conference in Budapest, they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to give a keynote address about the music, listening and communication. He was accompanied by local musicians from Budapest's vibrant music scene.
Oracle is the world's leading supplier of information management software, found in nearly every industry around the world and in 98 of the Fortune 100 companies.
In 2007 they asked Dominic Alldis to speak about jazz and team dynamics at a dinner for 50 European Directors at their Annual Conference in Geneva.
Pfizer is the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company.
In 2007 they invited Dominic Alldis to Athens to participate in a conference entitled “CV Health in Concert”, where senior cardiologists from around the world presented their latest research in the management of cardiovascular disease. The agenda included a series of "musical interludes", each addressing a key area of good medical practice, such as listening, analysis, communication, preparation and performance.
Renault is an automotive group present in 118 countries. It has 130,000 employees who design, manufacture and market a wide range of vehicles.
In 2008, Dominic Alldis of Music & Management was invited to address a senior management group at the Centre Europeen d’Education Permanente at Fontainebleau (CEDEP). He spoke about the role of the conductor, the artistry of a musician and the importance of preparation in both music and business. The presentation was delivered in French.
Teradata is a division of NCR Corporation, a global leader in enterprise data warehousing, analytic applications and data warehousing services.
In 2007, they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to Barcelona to address 350 sales, marketing and professional services managers from Europe, Middle East and Africa. He talked about collaboration, listening and communication in music. The engagement was arranged by the London Speaker Bureau.
Unilever is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company.
In 2003 they engaged Dominic Alldis and the Pavao String Quartet to give an after-dinner presentation for their Senior Worldwide Buyers Forum. They wanted to talk about shared responsibility, passion, preparation and the pursuit of excellence. "The Classical Experience" combined an interactive discussion with a performance of Ravel's String Quartet in F.
United Learning is an educational charity with 36 academies. They are free of charge to attend, non-selective and are open to students of all abilities and backgrounds and all faiths and none.
For their 2016 Annual Conference in Manchester, they invited the orchestral conductor and jazz musician Dominic Alldis to speak about leadership, communication and innovation in music. The engagement was arranged by Speakers Corner.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is a United Nations (UN) body formed in 1991 to strengthen the UN's response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. For their 2017 leaders conference in Montreux, Switzerland they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to bring a musical perspective on leading diverse teams, influence rather than formal authority, improvisation in emergency situations and rotational leadership.
Wyeth Nutrition is part of Nestlé S.A. It develops premium-quality nutritional products scientifically-designed to meet the needs of infants and young children, as well as pregnant mothers.
In 2015, for the Wyeth Nutrition Annual Conference in Paris, they asked Dominic Alldis to give a presentation about shared responsibility, reliability and trust in music and business. Music & Management also engaged the string quartet Paris Virtuosi to perform and talk about their working methods.
Yamaha Pianos have earned a reputation for their excellent design, build quality and long-lasting performance. They've also become a leader in digital pianos, stage pianos, home keyboards and synthesizers.
In 2003, Yamaha Piano UK invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to talk to their senior management about teamwork, collaboration and reliabiity at their headquarters in Milton Keynes.
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 alighment with creative independence...
Listen to a famous piece of classical music being transformed into something new by a culturally diverse group of musicians...
Dinner courses are interspersed with interludes providing insights into leadership, teamwork and innovation from the world of music...