Author Archives: Peter Cook

Riffs and Myths of Leadership

I interviewed Bernie Tormé, guitarist to Ozzy Osbourne and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan the other week, alongside the rest of the band and two corporate clients, Steve and Andy, who came to Bernie’s studio for a private masterclass, to get the inside track on music, creativity and business...

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The Godfather of Punk on Creativity and Innovation

Richard Strange is ‘punk rock’s illegitimate Godfather’, having preceded the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Ramones and The Clash with his highly influential pop art band ‘The Doctors of Madness’. Richard’s career has spanned pop art, punk, writing and acting, most famously for his film roles in Batman, alongside Jack Nicholson and in Robin Hood and Harry Potter.

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Innovation Flow – personal mastery explored

Mastery, unconscious competence, effortless genius. These are all ways to describe the state of ‘flow’. At a personal level, innovation excellence relies on our ability to master the state of effortless genius. What can we learn about ‘flow’ from music that we can transfer to the world of innovation and personal excellence?

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Improvisation and Innovation Lessons from Prince

"To reach mastery in improvisation paradoxically requires intensive detailed preparation. What looks like a seamless performance is the result of many hours of preparation and Prince is meticulous in this respect. In business this has been referred to ‘the 10,000 hours effect’ by Tom Peters and, more recently, Malcolm Gladwell.

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