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“Yes to Mess”: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz

February 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

IEEE Chicago Section Students Activity and Young Professionals

“Yes to Mess”: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz, a lecture


Coach Tuncel Gulsoy,
Founding Member, MERLIN Beyond Coaching Into Wisdom.

How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Here’s what the world’s best leaders and teams do: they improvise. They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net that guarantees specific outcomes. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don’t dwell on mistakes or stifle each other’s ideas. In short, they say “yes to the mess” that is today’s hurried, harried, yet enormously innovative and fertile world of work.

This is exactly what great jazz musicians do. In this presentation, based on the book by Frank Barett, I will talk about how this improvisational “jazz mind-set” and the skills that go along with it are essential for effective leadership today. With fascinating stories of the insights and innovations of jazz greats such as Miles Davis, as well as lessons from my own experience as a jazz music journalist, I will talk about a new model for leading and collaborating in organizations.

Please RSVP to Charudatta Phatak.

Refreshments will be served.

Head Shot Tuncel GulsoyTuncel Gulsoy, is a founding member of the MERLIN Beyond Coaching Into Wisdom, a coaching and mentoring company specialized in developing tomorrow’s business leaders who are in their early thirties by helping them to grow spiritually and to create awareness and wisdom. He is a Master Certified Coach (International Coach Federation), and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (The Coaches Training Institute). He has over 30 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing in various sectors of the industry. To his numerous accolades, he is also a writer and interviewer for the JAZZ Magazine (Turkey), and a host and radio producer for jazz talkshow on www.cazkolik.com.


February 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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IIT Wisnick Hall
10 W 35th St
chicago, IL 60616 United States
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