2019: A New Year, Continued Reflections, and Endless Inspiration

Life has a way of being completely unexpected. (I know, that’s the understatement of the century.)

Yet 2018 was totally unexpected for me, from start to finish. I began 2018 on a quick vacation in Iceland photographing the Northern Lights, and ended 2018 in a fierce Monopoly tournament with my parents in my new home in Rochester, NY. The remaining 363 days were a beautiful mix of complete joy, enthusiasm, sadness, nervousness, long nights and little sleep, lists for days, creativity, loss, happiness, gratefulness, and contentment. I didn’t want to leave my Boston home. I seriously questioned whether to even take an interview outside of the place I loved and called my home (truth be told, I almost didn’t). Yet to make a long and winding story short, I happily moved back to Rochester NY (this time with a cell phone AND a car!) to join the faculty of my alma mater, Eastman School of Music, to teach Music Leadership.

There is so much more that I’ve been thinking about and would love to write about … drafts are beginning (as are ideas for revamping this website!), but I’m posting today to share a list from a class that I’m teaching this spring: Creative and Innovative Leadership in Musical Enterprises. Before the holiday break, I put out a call for friends and colleagues to share one piece of something (a book, an article, a video, etc.) that has inspired them this past year. The idea was to help me think beyond what I already am aware of, and help feed into the thinking and inspiration for students taking the class this spring.

Today I’m sharing the results. Thank you to all who participated!! There is no particular order of importance in the way things are listed, other than alphabetical. If you have others pieces of inspiration that you’d like to contribute, please send it to me or post in the comments! I’d be happy to continue growing this list to share.

Also, for fun, I’m sharing two pictures of my favorite person - my twin sister!! It’s the day where we mark another trip around the sun. While we aren’t spending our birthday together this year, she is always on my mind. I am grateful that she’s my other half; near or far, I couldn’t imagine sharing life with anyone else. Happy birthday, Sarah!


Bud Beyer: Dialogue by Music // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxB0DvAi2-g
Charisma on Command // https://www.youtube.com/user/charismaoncommand
Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are // https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en
Norman and Rebecca Fischer: Finding Your Calling in Music // https://navmusic.rice.edu/choosing/index.html?destinationID=gn40U-nlX02XIAVaMribhA&contentID=g8lW9enz006bP4KiI0aIyw&pageIndex=2&pageSize=10
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? // https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en
Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3TF-hI7zKc&feature=youtu.be
Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzuawrFE1xM
Nina Simon: The Art of Relevance // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTih-l739w4&feature=youtu.be
Derek Sivers: First Follower – Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ
Simon Sinek: On Millennials in the Workplace // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU
Simon Sinek: Start With Why // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA
B. Stevens: What Drives Winning // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIbL3N8OU-E
Ben Zander: The transformative power of classical music // https://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion?language=en


J. Allmendinger, J. Hackman, and E. Lehman: Life and Work in Symphony Orchestras // https://www.jstor.org/stable/742362?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
M. Birbiglia: 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere. // https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/movies/mike-birbiglias-6-tips-for-making-it-small-in-hollywood-or-anywhere.html
D. Brooks: Making Modern Toughness // https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/opinion/making-modern-toughness.html
J. Clear: Identity-based Habits – How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year // https://jamesclear.com/identity-based-habits
D. DeSteno: The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions // https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/opinion/sunday/the-only-way-to-keep-your-resolutions.html
L. Liontos: Transformational Leadership // https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED347636
M. Oliver: Of Power and Time // https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/12/mary-oliver-upstream-creativity-power-time/
D. Ragsdale: Transformation or Bust: When Hustling Tickets and Contributions is Just Not Cutting It Anymore // http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/assets/ckeditor/attachments/1504/transformation_or_bust_by_diane_ragsdale_transcript_for_cnz_june_2016.pdf

W. Arruda: Ditch, Dare, Do: 3D Personal Branding for Executives
J. Baraz: Awakening Joy
R. Birnbaum: How Colleges Work (specifically chapter 3)
W. Bennis: On Becoming a Leader
P. Block: Flawless Consulting
J. Brown: A Leader’s Guide to Reflective Practice (specifically ‘Cone in the Box or Why Airplanes Crash’, pg 69-78)
R. Greenleaf: Servant Leadership
C. Heath, D. Heath: Switch
E. Hess: Learn or Die
T. Hsieh: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
M. Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
J. Kotter: Leading Change
M. Manson: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
M. Ray: Creativity in Business
C. Seaman: Inside Conducting
Dr. Seuss: Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
A. Simonet: Making Your Life as an Artist
N. Simon: The Art of Relevance
S. Sinek, D. Mead, P. Docker: Find Your Why – A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
A. Weinbaum, D. Allen, T. Blythe, K. Simon, S. Seidel, C. Rubin: Teaching as Inquiry – Asking Hard Questions to Improve Practice and Student Achievement
B. Zander: The Art of Possibility

Back to Work, Episode 17 // http://5by5.tv/b2w/17
Harvard Business Review: Women At Work // https://hbr.org/2018/01/podcast-women-at-work
Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding: Switched on Pop // https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/switched-on-pop/id934552872?mt=2&i=1000425636888
The Cut on Tuesdays // https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-cut-on-tuesdays
The Tim Ferriss Show: Dave Elitch – How to Get Out of Your Own Way // https://tim.blog/2018/11/26/dave-elitch/?fbclid=IwAR1iXEGp8Pc10nigZlmKtAjtwhmeAhnIi9K3sm3GkXZHI6BvdOn-11UvJ8c

Lessons by Herbie Hancock: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFT-q6IUNLEEIdVFXylP8q41axib6ycOn