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Even More Leadership Lessons from Rock and Roll

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Last week, I sent out one of my periodic newsletters, which featured my recent blog post on leadership lessons from the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. That article prompted a note from Rich Beach, a director at IT services provider CGI and an alumnus of our Next Level Leadershipâ"¢ group coaching program. In addition to being a smart and interesting guy, it turns out that Rich is also a great writer and quite the rock and roll aficionado. In his note, he shared with me one more leadership story about Springsteen and a lesson from the Beatles about getting the right people on the bus.

So, with his permission, and in his own words, here's Rich Beach with two really cool leadership lessons from the history of rock and roll. Thanks Rich!

OK you hooked me in with your Springsteen theme. I'm not a huge fan, although I was back in the day (mid 70s) when the Boss was still hungry and touring college campuses like crazy. I read somewhere that in those early days Springsteen took his band to see a Detroit band called Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - an act that was known for its legendary stage act. His point was to drill into his band that his vision was to be "just like those guys". Another example of great leadership.

Another rock story I like to tell is about the Beatles' drummer, Ringo. Lots of people like to say that Ringo was the "lucky Beatle" who found himself in the right place at the right time and got to ride the "fame train" with marginal talent. I beg to differ. The Beatles in their formative period were gigging constantly in Germany and Liverpool, and they rose to the top in a Liverpool music scene that was cluttered with hundreds of talented local bands. But when they hooked up with their manager Brian Epstein and their producer George Martin, they were instructed to fire their drummer and replace him with someone more talented. Ringo was at the time known to be the drummer on the Liverpool scene - he was a great drummer who was also serving as "front man" for one set a night in a band called "Rory and the Hurricanes" - so the Beatles went out and got the best. Within two months they were sitting on top of the world....with a markedly improved backbeat laid down by a seasoned pro with charisma and stage presence who fit in perfectly. Another great management decision!"

Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.

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