The Philharmonic: Lessons on Teamwork

Updated: May 18, 2020

The other night, I was fortunate enough to attend the Hudson Valley Philharmonic's performance of Bach's Mass. It is an incredibly moving work, at times quiet and reflective and at others, rousing, inspired, goosebump-inducing.

I left the performance high on the endorphins that only such a magnificent experience can give you. Back home, I was wired, almost giddy. And, naturally, all I wanted to do was sleep. So, I thought. And thought. And I contemplated the sheer enormity of the teamwork I had just witnessed: the result of months of starts and stops, good practices and bad, tempers, maybe even tears.

And yet, when it was time to perform, any differences were set aside. Any faults forgiven. Any doubt quelled. And the orchestra produced something so real, so moving, so absolutely impactful that the standing ovation lasted for minutes.

Can we "philharmonic" our way to success in business? We should.

In any work environment, there will be the inevitable battles, strained interdepartmental relations, tensions as projects mount. But when it comes time for your team to perform, that performance must be the sole focus. Not the grudges. Not the resentment. Not the miscommunications or tight deadlines or perpetual criticisms. Because the bottom line is, your audience doesn't care about any of that.

All they want from you is an impactful performance.


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