Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ July 2018 Contents Jazz up your leadership skills
Why do we organise?
When I posed this question to some students
this year their answers included: to accomplish
an objective, to make use of all available
resources, to get things done. While all of these
are correct, there is also a simpler response:
We organise because we can’t do it alone.
When understood at its deepest level,
this should be a humbling revelation. If you
can accomplish an objective alone, do it
alone. It will be faster and less complicated.
But if you can’t do it alone, then recognise
that you are dependent upon others, and
how well you work together will make all the
difference in the world to your success.
The same holds true for a great jazz
ensemble. Any one of the musicians could
play unaccompanied and create a memorable
experience, but it wouldn’t be the same as when
they’re playing with other talented artists. Why
do jazz musicians organise? It is because what
they want to create can’t be created alone.
The great part about using jazz as an
organising metaphor is that unlike classical
orchestras or rock bands, jazz ensembles
rely on shared leadership, collaboration,
improvisation and a humility that honours
every individual’s contribution.
When thinking about jazz and leadership, there
are four lessons I have learned:
1.Taking Turns Leading.
Successful leaders give others the
opportunity to lead, too. In a jazz
per formance, the idea of shared leadership
includes not only solos by each musician
but also more subtle leadership moments.
John Patitucci, a great American bass
player, talks about “leading” by using rests
to create space for other members of the
band to fill. We’ve all been a part of projects
in which one person dominates all aspects of
its direction and execution. Their leadership
development goal should be to give it a rest
and create the space for others to lead, too.
Great performances require collaboration
and great leaders know that collaboration
requires an extremely well-developed
capacity to really listen – and hear – what
others are saying. In jazz, that means listening
to other people who are communicating
with you all at the same time. Active
listening, is simultaneously a skill, an ar t
form and, most importantly, a discipline.
3.Planning to Not Have a Plan.
Improvisation in jazz means a song will never
be played the same way twice. Contrast
that with well-intended but sometimes
counterproductive leadership practices
that try to ensure a product or ser vice is
always offered the same way. Wisdom
lies in the balance. Jazz artists innovate
within structures and forms that are both
predictable and flexible. The same should
be true for groups, including schools. Miles
Davis once said: “Do not fear mistakes.
There are none.” In jazz, a note is neither right
nor wrong. It ’s the note that follows that will
make the difference. For leaders, that means
creating a culture that encourages both
experimentation and continuous learning.
4.Parking Your Ego at the Door.
Humility means that you know others can
have great ideas too – and you give them the
opportunity to contribute. This, of course,
can lead to conflict when there are differing
visions of what is to be created. In jazz, these
conflicts are resolved in real time, using
the guiding principle “serve the music.”
Which chord change, which note will best
serve the performance that is unfolding?
Jazz offers us many of the elements
we need for leading and learning – from
creating space for others to lead to really
listening to ideas of others, from allowing
experimentation in a supportive environment
to ultimately recognising we can’t do it alone.
Dr Phillip Moulds conducts
the RGS Jazz Ensemble
Dr Phillip Moulds
Volume 34 No. 2 July 2018
Available for tablets and phones
Jazz ensembles rely on shared
leader ship, collaboration,
improvisation and a
humility that honours ever y
individual’s cont ribution.
The Rockhampton Grammar School takes seriously the challenge of preparing students for today’s wo rld.
We treat each student as a whole person through a balance of academic, sporting, co -curricular and social activities.
Our School motto is Macte Virtute et Litteris or Grow in Character and Scholarship.
is published by:
The Rockhampton Grammar School
Rockhampton QLD 4700, Australia
w w w.rgs.qld.edu.au
(+61) 07 4936 0600
©2018 The Rockhampton Grammar School
Dr Phillip Moulds, Headmaster
07 4936 0615
The Registrar, Mrs Marissa Hollaway
1300 GRAMMAR or 07 4936 0700
Fax 07 4936 0701
Regist ra r@ rgs.qld.edu.a u
Editorial & Advertising
Mr Mike Donahue, Manager
Communications and Development
07 4936 0654
Mrs Rachael McDonald
07 4936 0776
Mrs Ashleigh Harvey
07 4936 0667
Capricornus Quarterly is printed o n q ua lit y silk a rt which is 100% recycl ed (FSC recycled cer t ified SGS-COC -2260;
certified carbon neutral and chlorine free) by City Printing Works, Rockhampton.
The Rockhampton Grammar School | Grow in Character and Scholarship
A4 JLR Converted.indd 1
06/04/2018 11:25:48 AM
CHARACTER, SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY
5 News Briefs
Sailing, scoring and science are covered,
plus read about how old fashioned abacuses
are making a comeback, learn how to write
a good story, see our MasterChefs and find
out about some of the work RGS students
are doing to give back to our community.
10 Past Student News
We look back on one doctor’s career and
look forward to another’s. We catch up with
an air traffic controller who’s up a river with
a paddle; and talk to a former student as she
returns to RGS to teach. Plus your special
invitation to attend the 2018 Distinguished
Past Students Award in August!
14 Amplify your learning
The School’s adaptation to the new Senior
Assessment and Tertiary Entrance System
underscores the importance of students’
improving their problem solving know-
how, interactive and social abilities, and
critical and creative thinking skills.
16 Mastering Teaching
RGS teachers are making significant
contributions to education literature
and keeping abreast of the latest
trends in teaching practice.
CHARACTER, SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY
18 Outback and out front
Five rural industry leaders following their own
passions to make a difference in the lives
of others and in Australia’s rural industries
speak about the challenges and rewards of
working on the land – self-reliance, isolation,
connectivity – and their vision for the future.
22 RGS Sport Highlights
24 RGS Photo Album
More than two- dozen moments
captured across the School.
26 Sport and education goals
Sport can drive studies and success off the
field according to t wo legendary Australian
Rugby athletes who visited RGS.
Links Archive CQ April 2018 CQ Oct 2018 Navigation Previous Page Next Page