Grand pianos are not really portable instruments. They generally sit in living rooms, parlors, and concert halls, waiting for people to come to them.
But last Sunday evening I had the opportunity to play a grand piano sitting on a bluff just a few feet from the ocean – with fog, saltwater, birds and marine wildlife all in attendance (as well as a hundred people or so sprawled on blankets on the ground).
For two weeks this summer, the Sunset Piano project brought a dozen old pianos to beaches and parks along California’s San Mateo coast, inviting musicians to come and play – for themselves, for any people in the vicinity, and maybe even for a few whales.
Conventional wisdom says pianos and saltwater don’t mix, and these were certainly not expensive high end instruments. But the music that came out was fun, spirited and powerful – because a few dedicated people said, let’s throw tradition to the wind, try this, and see what happens.
What beliefs about what can and can’t be done are you harboring in your organization? What kind of results would your team produce if you took away the traditional boundaries and let people perform when and where the spirit moves them?
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