The Artist I Want To Be
recently cleaned up the 2012 Brit Awards. Whilst accepting the award for best female artist the first thing she said was, thanks for my record company for allowing me to be the artist that I wanted to be. So many record companies try to impose what artists, a singer or performer should be, trying to control their image, their music, their songs, their production, their whole world. Pink is another artists that comes to mind where record companies tried to change the artist that Pink was and is. As a leader, take a moment to think about whether you are allowing your team to be the artists, creators, innovators, business people, that they want to be or are you imposing your own beliefs so they are in essence losing their own identity. If people aren't able to express themselves, be true to their own values and achieve their own dreams in line with the company values and
dreams, then exit of ideas are imminent. If you don;t allow people to create, innovate, and be the artist they always wanted to be then they certainly will leave in order to find someone who will allow them to be the artist they have always wanted to be. We are not talking about every idea having to be approved. We are talking about creating and environment where they are heard, encouraged to think differently, invited to have a creative life outside of work and driven with the expectation that they, the team and the company will strive for the next great idea. You've got to hand it to Adele. She certainly is unique, has an amazing voice and is taking the world by storm.