Grace under Pressure


The harmony of a full orchestra is pleasing to most, though you may each have a particular ear for your favourite instrument. You also have to admit they are often shown off to the best effect when supported by the other players.

The importance of personal and commercial congruence is like this. Blow your trumpet in the wrong way or at the wrong time and the rhythm of the piece is changed irrevocably. Playing a different tune leads to an end to the concert through lack of audience appreciation.

The composition the music follows, the dance of demand and delivery is endless and you need to hone your skills to achieve greatness. To do this you need to look behind the curtain of perceived limitations to look at your own personal congruence.

How do you make this visible? One way is to consider why you joined the company, the resonance of shared vision that inspired you. What has changed? Is it you? Is it another? Is there drift within the organisation that has interrupted the melody, creating dissonance?

It is common to find departure from a shared approach precisely at the moment when harmony is most needed — at the point of change.

The idea and reality of change are very different things and key to moving forward constructively is identifying whether the dissonance points to an issue within the organisation or its people.

They are arguably one and the same, but of course the maverick element of every human being means they are not. Tracked and put to good use the changeability of the person can be harnessed to bring innovation and change into an otherwise stultified environment.

Harmony accompanies melody, adding feeling. The voice of your organisation can find the richness of tone that will connect it and engage it with its audience through creating a true congruence with itself and its people.