Can Iron Maiden Save the Economy?

This week, I’ve prepared a round up of press articles on business, economics, entrepreneurship and music.   Starting with Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, who has just opened an enterprise business in the UK, to service aircraft and provide jobs for 800 people in tough times.  The Financial Times covered the story:

Can Iron Maiden Save the Economy?

The 3 A's of business : Aerospace, Aeroflot and Aerosmith

Dickinson sounds like a Mc Kinsey consultant who attended a ‘mass customisation masterclass’ and a ‘lean 5S programme when he says of the new aviation centre, “We will tailor our services completely to the needs of our customers and we won’t employ more people than we need”.  To be fair, he makes his point much more clearly than a management consultant who swallowed an MBA for breakfast!  That said, I don’t see Dickinson’s business acumen embedded in the lyrics of Iron Maiden’s songs, such as “The number of the beast” or “Two minutes to midnight”, even after I played them backwards …  Why did I not learn more about entrepreneurship, business continuity and economic development when I attended Iron Maiden’s comeback tour at Twickenham with my testosterone-filled 13 year old son?  We must be told … Moving on to Andrew Sentence, Senior Economics Adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers.  I will be featuring a full interview with Andrew shortly, but could not resist a trailer in the form of this witty piece on Meatloaf and the economy from The London Evening Standard.  Andrew stands head and shoulders above the consultancy profession with his approach, which is thoughtful but also incisive.  A rare breed.

Can Iron Maiden Save the Economy?

3M : Meatloaf, Macro-economics and Management

Without realising it, Andrew had followed an earlier piece I wrote for The Financial Times, and another I wrote which got picked up by BBC Radio 4′s flagship “Today” programme.  This was an extract from my last book ‘Sex, Leadership and Rock’n'Roll’, acclaimed by Tom Peters.   I’m happy to share the ‘Meatloaf’ section if you drop me a line.  I’m delighted to say that publicity prompted a US University Academic to get in touch with me.  It turned out that he had spent three years sharing a college room with Jim Steinman.  I have performed a couple of times with Meatloaf’s female singing partner – she sang on “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that)”.  That was one of my rather more memorable gigs and proof positive that it really is a very small world re networking. The Financial Times then published a letter I wrote in response to the piece about enterprise.

Can Iron Maiden Save the Economy?

The 3 A's of business : Aerospace, Aeroflot and Aerosmith

So, I’m delighted to find that economists are taking advice from other places in their search for better answers to global stability.  I look forward to seeing Prince, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, Jamie Cullum, Adele and BB King taking up positions to help world governments in their search for new models of innovation and growth.

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Peter Cook is Rock’n'Roll Innovation Editor at Innovation Excellence.  He leads Human Dynamics and The Academy or Rock, and provides Keynote speaking, Organisation Development and Business Coaching. and  You can follow him on twitter @Academyofrock

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