Evaluating your OPERA-tions Part II

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help broaden your problem-solving perspective. Reading time: 3:56.

        Are you a special agent –an operative–in your organization? The most effective business leaders think of themselves as operatives –a.k.a. Opera-tives– with a well-honed affinity for the power of the opera. With their operative power, they more productively confront adversaries and solve problems.  Sometimes against overwhelming odds.

Madam Butterfly
Madam Butterfly

      Consider these business lessons from the world of the opera:

       Is conformity undermining your business success? Then think like Richard Wagner who gave his customers something different. He opened his opera Tannhauser with a ballet that surprised the audience that had become accustomed to a ballet in Act II.

  •     Are you pigeon-holing some talented people in your company just because they’re not from the “right background”? Then think of Italian-born Jean Baptiste Lully and German-born Giacomo Meyerbeer. They were not from what people said was “the right French background” yet they became two of France’s most important opera composers. Continue reading “Evaluating your OPERA-tions Part II”

Evaluating Your OPERA-tions : Part I

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you strengthen your decision-making.   Reading time: 2:48.

           The newly-appointed division president came prepared for his first formal meeting with his boss, the chairman of the multi-billion company.

Scene from Phantom of the Opera
Scene from Phantom of the Opera

            But the chairman seemed more interested in talking about the opera. Whoa there!

           What does an appreciation of the opera have to do with leading a multi-billion company ? Everything.

          After all , the word “opera” means work in Italian.

          And the production of an opera requires all the facets of corporate work including, people, planning and production.

        As Fred Plitkin writes in his book Opera 101: “Opera-going at its best is about the rekindling of the soul, about having an open window into what makes us human.”

         Husbanding that humanity — or at least harboring that humanity with a greater sense of feeling — is a key leadership skill. Continue reading “Evaluating Your OPERA-tions : Part I”