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Harvard Business Review Podcast: Lessons in Innovation from Bowie, Beyoncé, and More

July 21, 2021

By Harvard Business Review

Business can learn a lot from the way musicians operate.

Panos Panay, incoming co-president of the Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, and R. Michael Hendrix, partner at the innovation consultancy IDEO, argue that the music world offers myriad lessons for anyone looking to improve their performance at work. They explain how strategies long used by musicians — from egoless experimentation to gathering talented teams for creative collaboration — can be applied directly to business. Panay and Hendrix are the authors of Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation.

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