THIS IS INWARD-AIMED OUTWARD-BOUND
"If you’re a leader, not only do you owe it to yourself to take on that exploration, but you owe it to the people you’re leading. You owe it to them to bring that level of discovery and inspiration because it’s going to show up in everything you do, all the relationships you have, all the projects you’re leading and teams you’re involved in. [Song is] an unusual and powerful avenue that the majority of people never consider.
Scaling Mt. Everest is a great comparison. The outward-bound wilderness excursions have been popular in the corporate world for a long time as team building events, and the reason it was so popular was it was a way to get people to look at themselves and how they interact with each other. Is there a direct correlation when you get back to the office? Maybe. But at least you got good pictures.
“Let me play you my song.” That’s a really cool thing because it’s not just a static thing on the wall. If I’m a high-powered exec who has gone through this process and I have someone in my office, when I press play, I’m in the experience with them. I’m not just showing them a picture. Because now I’m seeing how they’re responding to it. I’m getting nervous, all of the experience comes right back in the moment. Every time you play the song, it’s like holding up the mirror again. That’s really quite extraordinary.
We have responsibility as leaders to generate energy in the environment around us, and going through a process like this – I may never play this recording for anyone but myself, and that is perfectly fine. Because every time I play it for myself, what’s going to happen? I’m going to get energized. I’m going to get inspired. I’m going to get switched on to my own creativity, and that’s going to transfer to the people I’m working with."