Jazz music is all about improvisation and flow. Adding some of Jazz’s musical principles can turn a boring checklist overview into an energetic, idea-bouncing meeting.
Natalie Nixon at Inc. suggests turning the meeting brainstorm process into an improvisational transfer of ideas:
When Frank Barrett originally contributed his ideas about the jazz heuristic for improvisational organizations, he noted the element of “soloing and comping” among jazz musicians. You see this regularly in a jazz set during Trading 4’s- where the drummer trades solos with other instrumentalists in the band. Deliberately going back and forth with ideas and building on each one is a fun and conscientious way of saying “Yes and…” to a colleague rather than knocking down their ideas. Use the jazz art form as inspiration to provoke and transfer ideas to new, unexplored realms.
If you’re leading the meeting, think of yourself as the drummer, keeping the rhythm and passing the solo from person to person. Keep it moving and don’t let the music stop. Hopefully you’ll soon have the perfect medley to solve whatever problem you have.
Photo by Andrew Lorien.