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Today we are in München, Germany, talking to Björn Eichstädt, Managing Partner & Co-Owner of Storymaker and publisher of the digital magazine “J-BIG – Japan Business in Germany”. He studied Neurobiology and was active in experimental music in the 1990s and 2000s.  Björn takes us on a trip to Japan. From J-Horror Films, Japanese Spirits, Film music, audio innovations, sound aficionados and the Sound Design of the Tokyo Treinstation (note: I added the Yurakucho sound after the conversation).   And he shares the business habits and the harmony aspect in collaboration, the ‘performance thinking’ of meetings in Japan and ‘the customer is god’ attitude. But let’s start with a warning, this is by far the most extended podcast in The Power of Music Thinking history, so if you are prepared to listen to 30 minutes podcasts, you might want to pause and listen further the next day. All right let’s dive into it.   Show notes Björn on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bjoern-eichstaedt-77889b2/  Storymaker Website: https://www.storymaker.de/en/home-en  Japan Business in Germany: https://www.j-big.de/en/    Extra links to Films and Music mentioned in the conversation Toru Takemitsu - Woman in the dunes  Un Uomo da Rispettare (Complete) - Ennio Morricone Toru Takemitsu graphic scores J-Horror and Sound: Kayako Saeki sound  J-Horror and Sound 2: Ringu Sound Design  Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku - World is Mine ~【手描き】ワールドイズマイン【Erich von Däniken / Peter Thomas: Chariots of the Gods: Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Chariots Of The Gods ℗ 1970 - YouTube Stockhausen: Sounds in Space, Osaka 1970  Pedestrian crossings with sound in Japan! - YouTube Gate Sounds for Boarding. - YouTube Yamanote Line - The Comprehensive Eki-melo Database    More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION specialised in facilitating companies in making brand minded and people-centred decisions.   Buy The Power of Music Thinking book See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking    
Today we are in New Albany, Ohio. We speak with Paula White, a globally recognized sales leader, leadership coach and author of the book Side B: Remix Your Leadership Style. We talk about how music can (re)charge the way you are leading and how leaders can work on their behavioural traits based on music principles. Paula shares with us the ten archetypal instruments that are based on a scientific survey. And Paula explains more about the saxophone type that came out of the survey I did before the conversation.  Show notes Paula S White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-s-white/  Side B book page: https://paulaswhite.com/book-order/   The gracious Saxophone: https://paulaswhite.com/music/the-saxophone-gracious/  More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION specialised in facilitating companies in making brand minded and people centered decisions.   Buy The Power of Music Thinking book See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking    
Today we switch roles: Christof asked his daughter Xenia to ask him anything about the new book: The Power of Music Thinking. Because Xenia was already a collaborator on the Jam Cards, a pre-reader of the new book and worked with her dad for many years, she can ask questions no one else could or would. They talked about leadership, followership, Service Design, the difference between metaphors and analogies, and why a book? Be ready for a pleasant conversation between father and daughter about The Power of Music Thinking.   Show notes Book page with a sneak preview: https://musicthinking.com/book-the-power-of-music-thinking/  Jam Cards page: https://musicthinking.com/jam-cards/  Xenia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xenia-z%C3%BCrn/    More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION specialised in facilitating companies in making brand minded and people-centred decisions.   Buy The Power of Music Thinking book See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking
Today we speak with Marc Shillum, Designer, Creative Mind and trained musician. Marc was the founding Chief Experience Officer of Matternet, a pioneering transportation startup awarded World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. In his role, he connected the dots between Customer Needs, Hardware Design, Software Design, User Experience, Visual Design, Business Strategy and Brand Building. Marc has written OpEds for The World Economic Forum and Virgin Unite, delivered keynotes at SXSW, the Lego Marketing Summit, Nike Design Summit, and others. And Marc is the author of 'Brands as Patterns', a  white paper that opinion-makers like FastCompany, Contagious Magazine and PSFK have republished. We have a wonderful conversation about analogies between design, business, the human body and music. For example, Marc shares the various roles of a trumpet player in an orchestra and his early experiences with improvising musicians like Graham Collier and Derek Bailey.  We talk about different leadership positions, from composing, orchestrating, and conducting and how different musical styles help us understand our business.  And we discuss the difference between frequency and cadence in an agile workspace and how brands can orchestrate their business successfully with patterns.   Show notes Brands as Patterns platform, https://www.brandsaspatterns.com Marc on Twitter, https://twitter.com/BrandsPatterns Marc on LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-s-92967b2/  Magazine INDEX, including a few conversations with guitarist Derek Bailey, we talked about in the session: http://www.index.works     More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION specialised in facilitating companies in making brand minded and people-centred decisions.   Buy The Power of Music Thinking book (April 2022)   See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking    
Listening walk

Listening walk

2022-02-0317:59

In this short episode, we look back on some conversations from last year, share tips and short exercises like a 1-minute ritual before a brainstorm and the listening walk.  Show notes •Podcast playlist on Spotify •The Power of Music Thinking Book, pre-order •Latest Episode    More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Learn more about the Book that will be published in April 22, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com or the Music Thinking LinkedIn page. 
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How do you bring humanity to work? How do you connect with your team on different levels?   Today, we are in New York, and we talk with Jim Kalbach. Jim is a noted author, speaker, musician, and instructor in design, customer experience, and strategy. He is currently Chief Evangelist at MURAL, the digital online whiteboard designed for remote collaboration and visual problem-solving. Jim studied music theory and composition with 12-tone composer Charles Wuorinen, and that gives us a kick-start to discuss the differences between fixed instructions, lead sheets and free improvisation in music and our daily work.  We talk about systems thinking in a 12-tone composition where every note is equal and how this connects to design thinking. And we chat about the difference between rhythm, beat and cadence in agile development.  Jim shares with us his CEO playing guitar and singing in a meeting and how this brought in playfulness, opened things up and made it meaningful.   Show notes Connect with Jim:https://www.linkedin.com/in/kalbach/   JTBD Tool Kit website: www.jtbdtoolkit.com   Jim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimKalbach     More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Learn more about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com or the Music Thinking LinkedIn page. See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking    
How do you design for inclusivity? How do you get the right people on the team? What would a studio look like for a service designer?    Today on the show we have Gerry Scullion. Gerry is the founder of This is HCD, the global human-centred design podcast and international design community of change-makers, and he is founder and CEO of This is Doing.com  In a ‘previous life’, he was a musician and songwriter who released two albums under the moniker: Minus Circus and worked with 13-time Grammy-winning producer Rafa Sardina. A few months ago, I was a guest on his podcast, and we talked about the interrelationship of music and design and what design can learn from music.  So today, we talk about how the shared mindset comes back in the daily life of a facilitator, service designer and change maker.  Gerry gives us insights into how it was like working with a top-notch producer that had the experience, knowledge and ability to drill down and zoom in on a detail and then drill the whole way out to see the whole.  And we talk about bringing vulnerability and laughter to co-create innovation and engage people to be their very best.  (The instrument you hear in the beginning is the Theremin we talked about in our first conversation.)   Show notes Connect with Gerry:  This is Doing: www.thisisDoing.com  Twitter: @thisisdoing and @gerrycircus  This is Human Centred Design: www.thisishcd.com  Episode with Gerry and Christof on This is HCD: https://www.thisishcd.com/episode/christof-zurn-the-power-of-music-thinking    More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Learn more about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com or the Music Thinking LinkedIn page. See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking
Why do people tip up to six times more than they already have paid? How do people deal with adversity? What do Jazz and Business have in common? Today we are in Canada talking to Adrian Cho, ex-IBM consultant, book author, wildlife photographer, artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, bass player and creative director of syncspace.  We talk about how a damaged muscle brought Adrian to the piano and later to software development and IT consulting. He shares with us how jazz thinking can influence innovation and help embrace the unknown so that exciting things can happen. We discuss the essence of how people work meaningful together, how people deal with adversity in teams and what this means for team development. And we talk about his new endeavour, syncspace, and why audiences on this platform tip four to six times more than they already have paid. Show notes Connect with Adrian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/2xbass/  Website: https://www.adriancho.com/  Syncspace: https://syncspace.live/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syncspacelive      More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Learn more about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com or the Music Thinking LinkedIn page.   See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking  
How can you tell a story through food and music? Are all chefs drummers? Should prominent leaders start a band together? In this episode, Creative Companion meets the Creative Chef. We have a lively conversation with Jasper Udink ten Cate, artist, designer, futurist, keynote speaker, book author and drummer. He worked worldwide on exhibitions like London Design Week, Dubai Design, Metropolitan Museum New York and the World Expo in Milano and for companies like Nike, BASF and Google. Jasper shares his approach to collective storytelling with food, music and design. And we talk about different tastes and diets and how to give goosebumps from natural vegan food to inspire people to create their own identity. He shares the story of the unripe peach and how reframing can be the start of new product innovation. We chat about how you can listen to yourself to create your own beautiful story, shape your personality and make decisions in consuming music, books, food and life.    Show notes Connect with Jasper: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasper-udink-ten-cate-19b85bb/  Creative Chef website: https://creativechef.nl/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativechefnl/  How to become a Creative Chef Book: https://www.bispublishers.com/creative-chef.html      More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Learn more about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com or the Music Thinking LinkedIn page.   See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking  
What are the similarities between the technology and the record industry? And what is situational leadership? In this episode, we connect with Padraic McMahon, Customer Success Manager at Hubspot, a software company that helps businesses grow. Padraic has worked in Management positions at Google and LinkedIn. Before that, he was the guitar player of The Thrills that had some major hits from 2003 on. Their first LP was going platinum in the UK and Ireland, and their top hit 'Big Sur' has more than 8 Mio plays on Spotify alone and is still growing.  We talk about the similarities in tech business and the record business and the situational leadership of the producer role that brings a group of people to their optimum performance regardless of the circumstances.  He shares with us what the Hubspot unplugged week means to the team and compares the studio analogy with the importance of the work-life balance in working for a technology company. And the insight that you need different leadership at different times.  Like the difference of the first record, to the second and the third - or in my words from start-up to scale-up to selling the company. Padraic gives us an example of 'the art of remixing' where visual and sonic cues help make the mix's best decision.  Quote: 'Where you invest, you need to divest!'    Show notes Connect with Padraic: https://www.linkedin.com/in/padraicmcmahon/  Hubspot website: https://www.hubspot.com/  The Thrills on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thrills  Padraic explains Schumpeter’s Theory of Creative Destruction and MBWA - management by wandering around.   More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Learn more about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com or the Music Thinking LinkedIn page. See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking  
Can we be successful in more than one field? What about the multiple me’s we have developed in different areas?  Today we are in Finland, my guest is  Ilkka Mäkitalo - musician, teacher, CEO, Co-Founder of Howspace and Conductor of Jyvaskyla Big Band.  We chat about instruments,  jazz and how to inspire young talents to compose for a big band. And we talk about organisational memory, organisational learning, organisational dynamics and how to change the world with a digital platform for facilitating dialogue in different contexts, supported by AI.  And we are talking about different meanings for AI when engaging people like artificial intelligence, applied improvisation and appreciative inquiry. Ilkka shares his vision on leadership in a digital and remote world and how to grow an organisation above 17 people and raise venture capital of about 12 Mio with strong cultural guiding principles. Show notes Connect with Ilkka: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilkkamakitalo/  Howspace website https://www.howspace.com/  Jyvaskyla Big Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JyvaskylaBigBand  More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION More about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com     
Did you know that music can help you to rewire your brain? This episode is about the working of music on the brain and behaviour. My guest today is Artur Jaschke - neuromusicologist and professor for music-based therapies and interventions at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Enschede and he also works at the neonatal intensive care at a hospital in Groningen, the Netherlands. We talk about how you can use music and sound for the advantage of healthcare, wellbeing and brain stimulation. We elaborate on themes like empathy and listening to unknown music or music that you might not like in the first place and the effect on your thinking and the basics of innovation and improvisation that can also be applied in a business setting. And we also speak about the joy and benefit of learning a musical instrument and the impact it has on the wellbeing and self-therapy of everyone in a stressed-out busy workplace.   Show notes Connect with Artur: https://www.linkedin.com/in/artur-c-jaschke-b87174106/    Music Therapy at ArtEZ https://professorshipmusictherapy.artez.nl/blog/  Website https://www.arturjaschke.nl/    More info The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION More about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com     
This episode is about listening - deep listening. My guest today is Sharon Stewart -  creator of sound works, musician, poet, researcher, piano teacher and deep listener.  We learn about the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer and the retreats that were held by composer Pauline Oliveros and the many ways to listen, for example like listening in dreams, embodied listening and that deep listening is about doing, writing, practising and experiencing. We talk about text scores, guiding principles, and using this in a non-musical context. We also chat about the listening presence of leadership and that we all might benefit when this would shift from just ‘listening to’ to ‘listening with’.   And Sharon shares with us her contribution to the ‘Listening guide for quarantine’ that was published at the beginning of the pandemic and an exercise of harmonious human interaction with sounding and listening that we also could do in a workshop situation. Connect with Sharon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hopsharonstewart/   Download Homing inside out: A listening guide for home quarantine (2020 Soundtrack City, The Mystifiers, STEIM) https://soundtrackcity.net/homing-inside-out/  Upcoming Deep Listening® Retreats https://www.ministryofmaat.org/deep-listening-retreat.html  The Center for Deep Listening® at RPI https://www.deeplistening.rpi.edu/  Sonic works by Sharon Stewart https://soundcloud.com/sharonrstewart  Podcast miniseries on Deep Listening® https://studiumgenerale.artez.nl/nl/studies/all/podcast/2+deep+listening+pauline+oliveros+and+the+sonosphere/  Journal of Sonic Studies Article on Deep Listening® https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/261881/261882  Sharon can be reached at s.stewart@artez.nl The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION More about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com
This episode is about Innovation patterns and improvisation in organisations. Today, my guest is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stark - teacher and researcher specialised in organisational and community psychology and visiting fellow at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.  With natural sounds, like birds and wind in the background, we talk about how to co-create the sound of a company based on the processes of the organisation and how a jazz band can bring organisational scores to life. We also talk about the reactable an electronic table that can be played by non-musicians like an instrument to learn co-creation.   We also chat about the difference between learning and organising and the meaning of improvisation in business and society. And we learn how patterns of success translated to a card deck can be used in co-creation, innovation and change. In the end, we hear about the innovative invention of ‘the music box on a garden fence’ that started in corona times. Connect with Wolfgang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wolfgang-stark-0786874/  Contact via email: wolfgang.stark@stw.de Pattern Publishing: https://pattern-publishing.de/  The New Bank for Community Ideas and Solutions: http://www.ecpa-online.com/new-bank/  The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION More about The Music Thinking Framework, the Jam Cards and the blog on musicthinking.com
We talk with Nifemi Aluko - Founder and CEO of kpakpakpa and author of the book Press Play, Music as a catalyst for change. Nifemi is a traveller between California and Nigeria and - as he calls - a Youtube inspired bedroom producer. We talk about his journey from a chemical engineer to an advisor for companies that want to enter the African market. We learn about the size and the diversity of Africa, the high energy of woman entrepreneurship and the many languages, dialects, and communication between people across the continent.  And we chat about the different pace in doing business and establishing relationships, and how the technique of sampling can bring new styles of music and nurtures the ability to collaborate with people from different places.  Connect with Nifemi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nifemi-aluko/ Website kpakpakpa: https://kpakpakpa.com/ His book Press Play: https://www.amazon.com/Press-Play-Music-Catalyst-Change/dp/1641375531/ Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/naporepublic The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION
Today in the programme we have Steve Keller from Oakland California and we learn more about sound art, sound science and sound business. Steve has a great title: Audio alchemist and Sonic Strategy Director, Studio Resonate at SXM Media. We talk about audio-only and audio first strategies in what he calls ‘the platinum age of audio’, how COVID has changed our listening habits, the rise of clubhouse and how leaders can foster the ability to listen inside their companies. We have a conversation about the relationship between visual and sonic identities and what brands with a conscience can do to use sound for sustainable business in a multisensory world.  We learn about his research on sonic racism and he shares with us a little ritual that he uses before brainstorming sessions that matter. Connect with Steve: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevekeller1/  Sound first consultancy Studio Resonate | Pandora: https://www.sxmmedia.com/studio-resonate  Listening Builds Trust in a Time of Uncertainty https://www.adweek.com/partner-articles/listening-builds-trust-in-a-time-of-uncertainty/ Brands can tackle sonic racism: https://www.warc.com/newsandopinion/news/brands-can-tackle-sonic-racism/44246 Stand For Sonic Diversity website: https://www.standforsonicdiversity.com/ The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION
Today on the show we are in Boston and in Cyprus, we talk with Michael Hendrix, Partner and Global Design Director at IDEO and with Panos Panay, Vice President for Strategy & Innovation at Berklee College of Music. Michael and Panos talk about their experience as entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives and the interviews they did with musicians like Björk, Justin Timberlake and many others.  We speak about the creative mindset that designers and musicians share, the importance of emotional diligence and what David Bowie and Nokia have in common. We speak about what leadership can learn from music production, and that leaders in these times should rather look in the direction of a producer than a conductor. We hear that Design Thinking is less effective when used as a formula and that the musical mindset is applicable to everyone. And we talk about that the value of creative education and a musical mindset can have a great impact on business and innovation. If this resonates with you, you should definitively check out their new book Two beats ahead.  Connect with Michael: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rmichaelhendrix/  Connect with Panos: https://www.linkedin.com/in/panospanay/  Two Beats ahead website: https://twobeatsahead.com/ IDEO: https://www.ideo.com/ Berklee College of Music: https://www.berklee.edu/ The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION
The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION Today on the show we have  Roy Scheerder - co-founder of the dutch cooperative Faebric. In this episode we speak about Roy’s journey from hospitality to the lean and mean asset machine of the airline business and how to start as an entrepreneur with a cooperative.  We talk about the blockchain philosophy, the concept of tokens and   starting a cooperative with a joint goal and purpose. And we learn more about collaborative transformation, how to start a strategic change project and the value that the music thinking framework has for him in client projects and how he uses the Jam Cards in workshops. Roy is the first interviewee of the power of music thinking podcast.  Connect with Roy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/royscheerder/ More about collaborative transformation and the Faebric cooperative: https://www.faebric.com/ Download the organizational change map that Faebric is using when starting a change project: https://www.faebric.com/organizational-change-map
In this very first episode of the brand new podcast The Power of Music Thinking, your host Christof Zürn will tell you about the background of this podcast. Who he is, why he started a podcast and what you can expect every two weeks. Christof is a seasoned professional in accompanying individuals, teams and organisations to make the step from iteration to innovation and transformation. To find patterns and analogies between business and music is his passion and his mission is to combine these to meaningful collaboration in whatever field you are operating. More from Music Thinking: What is Music Thinking Presentation: https://musicthinking.com/what-is-music-thinking/ Music Thinking Jam Cards: https://musicthinking.com/jam-cards/ Music Thinking website: www.musicthinking.com
The Power of Music Thinking with Christof Zürn a new podcast coming to you on 19th of May 2021 on Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to your podcast.
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