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The Dutch Podcast Masters Podcast is a series of episodes were podcast producers are interviewed to inspire listening and podcasting. We talk about the story of The Power of Music Thinking and how the podcast relates to the book. You hear why the episodes differ between 30 and 90 minutes. How to connect with international […]
In the (German-speaking) LEA podcast “Developing Organisations” you get hundreds of tips on what you can do to make (your) company better. That’s a promise by Christina Grubendorfer – an organisational consultant, moderator and podcaster. But not only that. You will be immersed in anything but superficial conversations. Every encounter with their guests is full […]
Download the template and use it in a presentation or discuss it with your tream. What if you look at your business endeavour from a musical point of view? Let’s have a look at the key visual “From Soloing to Orchestration graphic” from the book The Power of Music Thinking that you can download at […]
Special edition: Today, we reflect on the changes in the music industry and how we listen to music, from live concerts to streaming – via vinyl, CD, and download. And we think about the impact of our choices, the impact on the environment and what medium and behaviour fit best to your listening experience. Further, […]
Today we are in München, Germany, talking to Björn Eichstädt, Managing Partner & Co-Owner of Storymaker and publisher of the digital magazine “J-BIG – Japan Business in Germany”. He studied Neurobiology and was active in experimental music in the 1990s and 2000s. Björn takes us on a trip to Japan. From J-Horror Films, Japanese Spirits, […]
Download the template and use it in a presentation. What if you look at your business endeavour from a musical point of view? How would the analogy with music help you to better understand your business, have meaningful conversations and take action toward a shared common goal? Let’s have a look at the key visual […]
Today we are in New Albany, Ohio. We speak with Paula White, a globally recognized sales leader, leadership coach and author of the book Side B: Remix Your Leadership Style. We talk about how music can (re)charge the way you are leading and how leaders can work on their behavioural traits based on music principles. […]
Thursday, April 14, we celebrated the book launch at the BIS Publishers office and store on the Borneostraat in Amsterdam, during an intimate ceremony. Harm van Kessel, one of the new owners of BIS Publishers, celebrated the official handover of the new book “The Power of Music thinking” to the author Christof Zürn. Christof has […]
Today we switch roles: Christof asked his daughter Xenia to ask him anything about the new book: The Power of Music Thinking. Because Xenia was already a collaborator on the Jam Cards, a pre-reader of the new book and worked with her dad for many years, she can ask questions no one else could or […]
Last week we did a music thinking lecture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) as part of the AURORA International Co-Creation Learning Lab. Video of the co-creation In three steps, Danny La Haye, Wolfgang Stark and Christof Zürn teamed up to co-create a practical music thinking intervention:Bass and Saxophone to explain different positions a co-creator should use in a free improvisation based on […]
Today we speak with Marc Shillum, Designer, Creative Mind and trained musician. Marc was the founding Chief Experience Officer of Matternet, a pioneering transportation startup awarded World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. In his role, he connected the dots between Customer Needs, Hardware Design, Software Design, User Experience, Visual Design, Business Strategy and Brand Building. Marc […]
In this short episode, we look back on some conversations from last year, share tips and short exercises like a 1-minute ritual before a brainstorm and the listening walk.
Epiphany 2022 What is the use of ideas if you cannot share them with others? This was a question that teased me for some time. I developed a framework and ideas to bring musical principles to the business table many years ago. The idea was to learn from the international, universal and multifaceted world of […]
How do you bring humanity to work? How do you connect with your team on different levels? What are your rules of engagement in work? Today, we are in New York, and we talk with Jim Kalbach. Jim is a noted author, speaker, musician, and instructor in design, customer experience, and strategy. He is currently Chief […]
How do you design for inclusivity? How do you get the right people on the team? What would a studio look like for a service designer? Today on the show we have Gerry Scullion. Gerry is the founder of This is HCD, the global human-centred design podcast and international design community of change-makers, and he […]
Why do people tip up to six times more than they already have paid? How do people deal with adversity? What do Jazz and Business have in common? Today we are in Ottawa (Canada) talking to Adrian Cho, ex-IBM consultant, book author, wildlife photographer, artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, bass player and creative […]
How can you tell a story through food and music? What is Multi-Sensory Storytelling? Are all chefs drummers? Should prominent leaders start a band together? In this episode, Creative Companion meets the Creative Chef. We have a lively conversation with Jasper Udink ten Cate, artist, designer, futurist, keynote speaker, book author and drummer. He worked […]
What are the thrills of business? What are the similarities between the technology and the record industry? And what is situational leadership? In this episode, we connect with Padraic McMahon, Customer Success Manager at Hubspot, a software company that helps businesses grow. Padraic has worked in Management positions at Google and LinkedIn. Before that, he […]
Can we be successful in more than one field? What about the multiple me’s we have developed in different areas? What does cross-pollination in leadership mean? Today we are in Finland, my guest is Ilkka Mäkitalo – musician, teacher, CEO, Co-Founder of Howspace and Conductor of Jyvaskyla Big Band. We chat about instruments, jazz and how […]
Did you know that music can help you to rewire your brain? This episode is about the working of music on the brain and behaviour. My guest today is Artur Jaschke – neuromusicologist and professor for music-based therapies and interventions at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Enschede and he also works at the […]
This episode is about listening – deep listening®. My guest today is Sharon Stewart – creator of sound works, musician, poet, researcher, piano teacher and deep listener. We learn about the Center for Deep Listening® at Rensselaer and the retreats that were held by composer Pauline Oliveros and the many ways to listen, for example […]
This episode is about Innovation patterns and improvisation in organisations. Today, my guest is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stark – teacher and researcher specialised in organisational and community psychology and visiting fellow at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. With natural sounds, like birds and wind in the background, we talk about how to co-create the sound […]
We talk with Nifemi Aluko – Founder and CEO of kpakpakpa and author of the book Press Play, Music as a catalyst for change. Nifemi is a traveller between California and Nigeria and – as he calls – a Youtube inspired bedroom producer. We talk about his journey from a chemical engineer to an advisor […]
Gerry Scullion, the founder of This is HCD, the global human-centred design podcast and international design community of change-makers, and Founder and CEO of This is Doing.com is talking with Christof Zürn They chat about the interrelationship between Design and Music and what Design can learn from thinking like a musician. Gerry, as an ‘ex’ […]
Today in the programme we have Steve Keller from Oakland California and we learn more about sound art, sound science and sound business. Steve has a great title: Audio alchemist and Sonic Strategy Director, Studio Resonate at SXM Media. We talk about audio-only and audio first strategies in what he calls ‘the platinum age of […]
In this show, we talk about the mindset of entrepreneurship, leadership and design. We are in Boston and in Cyprus, we chat with Michael Hendrix, Partner and Global Design Director at IDEO and with Panos Panay, Vice President for Strategy & Innovation at Berklee College of Music. Michael and Panos talk about their experience as […]
We talk about the blockchain philosophy, the concept of tokens and starting a cooperative with a joint goal and purpose. We talk with Roy Scheerder – co-founder of the dutch cooperative Faebric. In this episode, we speak about Roy’s journey from hospitality to the lean and mean asset machine of the airline business and how […]
In this very first episode of the brand new podcast The Power of Music Thinking, your host Christof Zürn will tell you about the background of this podcast. Who he is, why he started a podcast and what you can expect every two weeks. Christof is a seasoned professional in accompanying individuals, teams and organisations […]
THINK TWICE! The German podcast about innovation, values and change by and with Niels Benson & Friends. A podcast with a high nutrient density that does not string together the familiar buzzword phrases, but rather relates different perspectives, experiences, intentions and observations in an honest, holistic and interconnected way. Deutsch THINK TWICE! Der Podcast über […]
Best-selling author and global brand innovator, Mark Stinson talks with Christof Zürn about his creative background, music thinking and more
‘If you can’t adapt, adopt!’ I am fascinated by signs, language and what can come out of it. Take a musical score and compare it with the music played with the help of that score. Did you realise that before the invention of the phonograph, gramophone, tape recorder, record player, cd player, mp3-player and streaming […]
Are we asking the right question? How might we change the world? The unanswered question template might help (free download).
When the dutch railway’s asked Faebric to design and lead the integration of the commercial organisation with the IT department they choose to do this with the music thinking approach. Read the case.
This is story number 9 in the behind the cards series.
The time of thinking or asking questions is over. It is showtime, it is just doing, and the partners involved have to trust each other to create a seamless experience for themself and others.
Business improvisation in VUCA times. A 3-hour interactive lecture concert. An experiment in Zoom for 16 participants from various companies. Here is the introductory video with a very short glimpse of the first musical interaction..
The Listen Card [8/38] [behind the cards]
The essence of the Listen card is to establish active listening. Listening can be a leadership practice to move from knowledge to wisdom. Or in other words to find the signal in the noise. Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens a quote by Jimi Hendrix.
Guest Blog by Alcedo Coenen about the composition Plus-Minus by Karlheinz Stockhausen and what we can learn from this in creating a meta language.
We were invited to do a music thinking breakout session. The objective was to engage half of the conference (about 70 people) in a breakout workshop, let them learn and reflect about the things they heard and make a performance all together after the last actor to end the day with a big bang.
At the moment we are planning new courses open training en in-house training . Focus is on how to use music thinking in your organisation.
For the third time we will facilitate a Music Thinking breakout session during the Design Thinking Conference. This time we call our session The Sounds of Empathy.
In May we did one-day music thinking workshop for a very energised team of about 22 communication experts in a great venue in the black forest of Germany.
In April we did half-day music thinking workshop for an international think tank that stands for ‘brands with a conscience’. The idea was to generate new ideas for the celebration of their 20th anniversary in 2020.
Music Thinking is coming to Berlin with two new workshops in May. Learn about the new approach of music thinking to organisations and service design.
The Limitations Card [7/38] [behind the cards]
The essence of the limitations card is how can we de-focus from our experienced horizons and be curious about what else there is. This means take limitations as a start for new choices and divergent thinking to develop innovations.
The Entrainment Card [6/38] [behind the cards]
There are many books written about team building. Amazon lists more than 8.000 titles and a quick search on google results in 4.880.000.000 links, as of today.
The Journey Card [5/38] [behind the cards] The essence of the Journey card is to think about what our most important assets are. It means, what is the most important asset that we have to keep when we are going on a journey. …
The Jam Cards are quite open-ended and don’t really need specific instructions on how to use them. This means that the Jam Cards can be used to shape your own exercises and workshops, which is fun but might be confusing as well. To help you to get an idea on how to play with them, we explain in this blog post, with use of three variations, what your Jam Card session could look like: Serendipity Lab, Mix & Match, Strategy Jam.
Spotify Codes offer a brand new way for users to share and discover the amazing content on Spotify. It’s as easy as taking a picture. As you might have noticed, the Jam Cards have such a Spotify code on the bottom left corner.
The Creativity Card [4/38] [behind the cards] There are many books written about creativity and creativity is not just a skill or a magic wand that helps us when we are desperately looking for solutions for big problems. There are many ways of being creative, and this can be in small and simple but also in complicated or even complex situations.
The Understanding Card [3/38] [behind the cards] If we are aware of something new, that we recognise but don’t know what it is and can’t understand, we often tend to ignore it. Because it does not make any sense to us. This happens to us in business but also at home with our families and friends.
The Activity Card [2/38] [behind the cards] Everybody knows this or at least was in a situation where you got stuck into something. Especially when we are in a new position or new environment we sometimes feel limited and have the feeling to avoid making missteps or mistakes.
The Tools Card [1/38] [behind the cards] We spend time and money to find out who we are, how we can grow our business and the way that leads us to big hairy audacious goals. And from time to time we change this because we encounter new possibilities or constraints. But what about the things that help us shape this bright future?
We did a music thinking workshop during this year’s Design Thinking Conference in Amsterdam. Because Empathy is one of the six cues of music thinking we extend the theme to “through different ears” because music thinking starts with listening.
Now is the time for a blog about music thinking. Since the new music thinking website went online there is a lot to share. Find updates about workshops, new templates and read all the 38 stories from ‘Behind the Cards’, the background about every card of the Music Thinking Jam Cards, starting 20. October.