Any parent knows the huge popularity of a cappella singing these days. In fact, at a small college we just visited Saturday, there are no less than 5 a cappella groups on campus ( one of which sang at the opening session of the visit). For the uninitiated, a cappella singing is a small group of people using no instruments but their voices which blend into some amazing harmonies.
It’s not a new music art form of course (in fact I always say the original a cappella hit was written in the 1630’s- have a listen here to that). But of late, we can thank super groups like Pentatonix and others for the surge in popularity.
And it’s fantastic. I love people singing together without “a net” or in other words, the safety of instrumentals to fall on. When done well, it is a glorious sound of a half dozen folks who are uniquely gifted in their own ways but listen, really listen to each other blend together perfectly.
I won’t beat the metaphor alluded to in the blog title too hard, but there’s a lesson in a cappella for the very best leadership teams. Every day it seems we are surrounded by Executive Leadership teams, Division leadership teams and more. You yourself may be on one of them. In the best kind of environment these leadership teams aren’t awkward, faceless or sound like a soloist performing with a couple of backup singers. Nope –these teams perform like an a cappella group.
The a cappella Leadership Team members aren’t the same cookie cutter images of each other. They look different and sound different and each has his or her unique gift of range, talent and responsibility – and would never be confused with one another. Yet each sings from the same strategic score and must listen to each other equally – for if just one of them is dissonant, the whole thing falls apart.
These a cappella Leadership Teams are genuine and transparent. There’s little in the way of policy, history, or hiding behind “the way we always do things” that an a cappella Leadership Teams lean on. They are open, exposed and work without the trappings of a score recorded years ago or being played today by someone other than themselves.
Done beautifully, the a cappella Leadership Team knows their sound and messages must stir the people who look to them for direction and guidance. They know they have to work very hard to impress, retain and attract followers based on their performance.
Take a look (and a listen) at a cappella from every angle and consider the lessons throughout. It makes perfect sense and perfect pitch to me.
Till next time,
Grow The Business.