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A conductor-less orchestra sounds about as plausible as a manager-less company. And yet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City has won Grammy awards and continues to sell out theaters... all without a conductor. How do they do it? By respecting each other as equals, electing leaders for each piece of music, working on each piece as a small unit before taking it to the full orchestra, perfecting each performance, practicing active listening, and lastly, devoting their passion to their work.
Managers won't be going away anytime soon in the typical company, but adapting the creative teamwork and cooperation modeled by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to your team is likely to boost your results, stimulate creativity, and significantly reduce turnover.