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We are exploring the big world of music to open up the mind to analogies between music, society and business. Interviews and special episodes with Christof Zürn.

The Power of Music Thinking Christof Zürn

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We are exploring the big world of music to open up the mind to analogies between music, society and business. Interviews and special episodes with Christof Zürn.

    Performing in Japan with Bjoern

    Performing in Japan with Bjoern

    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 

     

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Finding your Side B with Paula White

    Finding your Side B with Paula White

    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

     

     

    • 38 min
    Talking about the book with Xenia

    Talking about the book with Xenia

    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

    • 50 min
    Brands as Patterns with Marc Shillum

    Brands as Patterns with Marc Shillum

    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


     


     

    • 54 min
    Listening walk

    Listening walk

    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
      
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    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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    • 17 min
    Rules of engagement with Jim Kalbach

    Rules of engagement with Jim Kalbach

    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


     


     

    • 52 min

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