Once upon a time, I was everyone's favorite temp...
How does a musician become a culture consultant and coach for businesses and professionals?
It's actually not as big of a step as you would think...
I went into music to inspire awareness and empowerment so that others could be positive agents of change in the world. Recently I’ve felt that I have more to give, and I’ve been looking for a way to use my abilities to reach a broader audience and create more positive impact in the world.
When I was working at various businesses through a temping agency to make extra money while building my music studio, I realized that the skills I’d developed as a musician and teacher transferred powerfully into the business world.
- I learned quickly and was goal-oriented, finishing projects well before deadlines. All that practicing had created neural networks that functioned more efficiently, as well as enhanced my abilities of forethought and planning.
- I could see how my work benefited the company and its employees, so I enjoyed coming to work and was happy to help where needed. Performing in music ensembles taught me to notice and value my contributions to the group.
- I could set my ego aside; working together to meet a common goal was what I loved most about music-making, and that was the same in business!
- I had empathy and was thoughtful of others by consistently arriving early, being prepared for the workday, and being flexible enough to help others when needed. Empathy, discipline, and awareness are cornerstone characteristics for any successful musician.
- I could communicate effectively, efficiently, and professionally. As a music educator, I’d learned the importance and nuances of communication while working with students and educating audiences.
- I was internally motivated, not needing recognition or rewards. Through music, I’d learned to enjoy the journey!
As a result, I was everyone's favorite temp! I was often offered a full-time job within hours or days of starting a new assignment.
When I was first teaching, I had to figure out how to lead students who were just a few years younger than I was. I discovered that managing a music group meant always balancing between what the music needed to be great and what the people needed to perform at their best, and sometimes these two aspects were in contrast. Luckily, I had the support of experienced teachers around me, the self-confidence gained by my past achievements, and mentors of successful leadership all along my musical journey.
One of my proudest moments as a band director was when one of my youngest students stepped into a leadership role unexpectedly, at a school in which I’d only worked a few months.
I had developed a routine for warmups that we did daily. During the week of our concert, on a day that a guest conductor was scheduled to work with the band, I was called to the office just before rehearsal started. I was several minutes late, something which had never happened before. I didn’t know how my students would react. I walked into rehearsal amazed! Everyone had gotten their instruments out and brought them from the band room to the stage, and one of my youngest students was on the podium, leading the band through our warmups. They were ready to work with our guest right away, without any prompting or directions from me. I had created a culture in which they were empowered to make successful decisions on their own, for the betterment of the group. Even the least experienced among them had the confidence to take the initiative and implement our warm-up routine so that we could get the most out of our time with our guest.
I’ve since been able to build on such successes in my private teaching business and within performance groups. My studio attracts the highest quality students, the ones who win the best chairs in All-State ensembles and are offered full-ride scholarships. My community ensemble has received international recognition.
With over twenty years of creating cultures of excellence in the music world, I realize the value of environments built on a vision of empowerment and awareness. I've implemented the same strategies of culture-creating that I’d done in my business and ensembles to evolve my own professional life into a renewed journey of joy and inspiration as a culture consultant and coach.
When working as a temp, I also noticed a lot of businesses weren’t functioning as well as they could. In some cases, the best employees were leaving work they loved to do in a business with values that aligned with their own, solely because of management. Sometimes these ideal employees left without another job lined up because the workplace culture was untenable.
I am uniquely qualified to help businesses and professionals create cultures of excellence as well. I can help you love your job and workplace (while saving you time and money!) through my high performance leadership training.
How does culture effect the workplace? Keep on reading!
When professionals are invested in their work and can see how what they do affects the success of the business, they are more internally motivated to do their jobs efficiently and effectively, leading to increased productivity. Having meaning and purpose gives a sense of fulfillment and happiness, and having a grounded vision disables the mental noise of negative self-talk and imposter's syndrome. That’s the result of a culture of empowerment!
Innovation is a direct result of creativity. (Musicians swim around in the culture of creativity all day long!) With my experience in music improvisation in both jazz and classical music, I can help professionals develop enhanced innovation skills. Employees will be empowered to create innovative solutions and to problem-solve with more confidence and ease. Innovating can be an exciting adventure instead of a pressure-driven stressor!
That's just a sample of the amazing results a culture of joy and empowerment produces.
Schedule a no-strings-attached complimentary consultation with me today so that we can discuss how to create a more joyful culture for you!
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— Nina Davis, Manager at David's Bridal