Category : Leadership Lessons


Stop Telling People They Have To Earn Respect

I get so tired of hearing statements like, “You gotta earn my respect”, “They need to prove themselves”, and “She didn’t even earn her spot”. It’s time for a newsflash. You need to stop telling people they have to earn respect from you.

Respect isn’t earned; it’s given. You choose who you trust and respect on a variety of (often arbitrary) factors. For most people this includes…

In a recent study at the Kellogg School of Management, volunteers played a game where they determined how much money to send to anonymous people.[…]

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Don’t be a Dead-Weight Musician

This post is part of our Concert Band Season series. Visit the Series’ page for more information.

An obvious, but often overlooked fact, is that band members are artists first. With the exception of a few marching band auxiliary members (who are still certainly artists in their own right), band is a creative musical endeavor. Bands exist to create artistic expressions of music and to entertain–whether the entertainment is rocking out on the marching field or giving an incredible performance in a concert hall.

Unfortunately, with many conflicting priorities, we tend to let musicianship slip in favor of more urgent matters.[…]

When to Tell Your Band Director “No!”

When to Tell Your Band Director “No!”

Perhaps it’s just my experience, but band directors often forget that student leaders aren’t robots.

As a college student, and a band director you face a deluge of responsibilities and conflicting priorities everyday.  You have homework due, lectures to attend, rehearsals, club meetings, meals with friends, and textbooks to read (hypothetically, of course), not to mention finding time for yourself. I don’t need to tell you that it can be pretty crazy.

Somehow, when you’re at your busiest, Mrs. Band Director always finds you and asks for a favor. She knows you’re busy, but she really needs your help![…]

Ergh, don’t some people just drive you CRAZY!?

Working with Difficult Band Members

It’s a fact of life that some people suck.

Now, I pride myself on being able to get along with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds. Tolerance and diversity have always been top priorities for me, but sometimes I meet one of those rare people that I just do not mesh well with at all! If I met this person on the street, I’d probably just keep walking. We would ignore each other and go about our merry lives with little impact on each other. Unfortunately, in marching band and concert bands, difficult people don’t just disappear… you might be stuck with them for the entire semester or several years.[…]