A classical symphony orchestra is a prime example of how a group of people with very different ideas, skills and characters can create something bigger. Even composers consider the complexity that scores create in reality when creating their symphonies.
In our passion for music, many analogies can be found to change processes in companies and in dealing with difficult transitions. Even Beethoven, the master of development, showed how to combine individual parts in an artistic way and turn two good pieces into one very good one. Every conductor also has to make sure numerous and very different ideas, concepts and characters are brought together. Every conductor, just like every top manager has to master this challenge and know his or her strengths and deficits.
Despite severe deafness, Beethoven created great scores and accomplished masterpieces. Even great entrepreneurs must anticipate their weaknesses and counter them with concepts that take effect early on. Top musicians and top managers proceed in a more similar way than perhaps initially assumed. On closer inspection, similar leadership patterns can be identified and design strategies derived. However, more detailed research also reveals contradictory principles. While change processes in companies are usually protracted, they can often be perceived acoustically within seconds in music.