10 Essential Skills Lessons From A Conductor To Digital Leader – Vishakha Singh

Last week, three things happened around the same time in my house. My youngest child, twelve and three years younger than his brother, started paid classes for Python coding with the help of a coding teacher. During this time, my oldest started an online Python course through MIT, free and independent courses. At the same time, he also made an ECG machine as part of an interdisciplinary summer project with Plaksha University. And the third event was when I landed on this article on Chiefmartec.com: Why doesn’t the massive landscape of marketing service companies bother people like martech does?

Welcome to the world of the democratization of knowledge. Where a twelve-year-old learns something that was not available to another twelve-year-old just three years ago, where a fifteen-year-old who goes to school has learned something he could have found out in his graduate studies. To understand how an EKG works, to connect it to the Arduino IDE, transfer data to Python, and design the threshold levels was performed end-to-end in a two-week online camp. The democratization of knowledge means that knowledge is increasingly accessible to all, regardless of years of experience or age. The democratization of knowledge also means that it is available in smaller, modular forms at an affordable price and, in many cases, free. The democratization of knowledge means that you can achieve mastery in any field that interests you, regardless of your age and background.

How does this impact you:
The democratization of knowledge creates qualified resources. And technological advancements bring products that replace parts of highly skilled jobs. For example, even parts of a doctor’s highly skilled jobs are democratizing. If you’ve heard of oximeters and have access to an oximeter, you know what I mean. You have worked as a health worker.

This is how our professional lives change when a technology platform takes over and the person who has acquired specific skills takes over as the platform pilot.

Martech, as the name suggests, is about marketing and technology as a combined force where creativity meets technology and people. The independent IT and Marketing & Sales & Finance departments merge. Business should be conducted by Martech. Below is the excerpt from the article Why Doesn’t the Massive Landscape of Marketing Services Firms Bother People Like Martech Does?

The number of agencies and consultants is more than 10 times the number of martech companies in these countries. Marketers and agencies are not locked in a battle against a burgeoning martech landscape. They are now part of the martech landscape. In the UK, they identified 1,820 martech companies, but 21,570 agencies and consultants serving marketers.

Any industry you operate in, be it consumer, business to business, healthcare, education, defense, finance, you are part of the landscape. How you hone your skills is how you’ll stay relevant in the landscape. Or, the future could be similar to the receptionist at your doctor whose job it was to take the oximeter reading.

What can you do
They say they are acquiring a digital skill. You have chosen an “Understanding AI” course on Coursera or maybe you are taking a “Content Marketing” course on Hub Academy. And you feel equipped. But what you need to learn isn’t just a technical skill, you need to learn how to be a conductor.

These are ten essential skills in your CV to be a digital leader.

Here is the mapping of ten digital leadership skills with the skills of a conductor. Conductor skills were taken from American Orchestras: Traits and skills of a music director. Your platforms are the instruments, your technical experts, your service agencies, your team members are your musicians. You are the conductor.

1 Proficiency in at least one platform: Mastery of at least one instrument is essential to developing a better musical understanding and an understanding of musical creation from a player’s perspective.

2. A ravenous appetite for the tech landscape: a voracious appetite for hearing performances of all types – experiences as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and conductor

3. The ability to listen to ideas – Curiosity about what composers may have wanted to communicate in their music.

The opportunity to create solutions can come from anywhere. The democratization of knowledge and the availability of cloud computing are opening up the world of possibilities.

4. The ability to focus on results-
The ability to invoke a range of emotional responses and the ability to create drama, contrast and well-defined gestures in music, from the smallest detail to the overall shape of a room.

5. Analytical skills to achieve the goal- Advanced hearing skills to deal with complex issues of orchestral intonation, balance and color; advanced sight reading and transposition skills, particularly applied to the preparation of orchestral scores for performance.

6. Ability to have a clear vision: Practical experience of composition for an awareness of the creative process and its choices, systems and procedures.

7. Stick technique to manage the team and its tempo: Ability to maintain continuity of rhythm, line, structure and interpretive integrity in the overall performance of a work while evoking and controlling response using gestures at all levels of detail musical.

8. Repetition technique: test, analyze, align with vision. The rehearsal technique is the ability to recognize, diagnose, and correct problems in music, performance, rhythm, balance, and intonation in an efficient, sequential, and creative way. Ability to merge the analytical knowledge of the structure of a work and an artistic conception into a sound realization in the available rehearsal time.

9. Presence on the podium: perform and captivate:
Podium presence is awareness of how the conductor’s body language improves the quality of musical creation, as well as how it affects the physical and emotional well-being of musicians.

10. Ability to be respected by setting an example of creativity, knowledge and dedication – A passion for the orchestra and its repertoire and an ability to translate that passion into well-coordinated programs and activities that fulfill the mission of the orchestra.

Disclaimer: Objectively evaluating conductors can be difficult: the orchestra, not the conductor, physically creates the sound. It is not always clear how much the conductor is responsible for a good (or bad) performance, although the picture usually becomes clearer over time.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the above article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions of this publisher. Unless otherwise indicated, the author writes in his personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be taken to represent official ideas, attitudes or policies of any agency or institution.


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