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

Last week, three events happened around the same time in my house. My youngest child, aged twelve and three years younger than his brother, started paid Python coding lessons with the help of a coding tutor. Meanwhile, my eldest child started an online Python course by MIT, free and independent courses. At the same time, he also made an ECG machine as part of an interdisciplinary summer project with the University of Plaksha. And, the third event happened when I landed on this article on Chiefmartec.com: Why doesn’t the vast landscape of marketing services companies bother people the way 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 would have could meet in his higher studies. Understanding how an EKG machine works, connecting it to the Arduino IDE, transferring data to Python, and designing threshold levels were run end-to-end in a two-week online camp. The democratization of knowledge means that knowledge is increasingly accessible to everyone, 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 of charge. The democratization of knowledge means that you can achieve mastery in an area that interests you, regardless of your age and experience.

What impact does this have on you:
The democratization of knowledge creates qualified resources. And technological progress brings products that replace some of the highly skilled jobs. For example, even parts of a doctor’s highly skilled jobs are being democratized. If you’ve heard of oximeters and have access to an oximeter, you know what I’m talking about. You have accepted a job as a healthcare worker.

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

Martech, as the name suggests, is about marketing and technology as a combined force where creativity meets technology and people. Independent IT and Marketing & Sales & Finance departments merge. Business must be run by Martech. Below is the excerpt from the article Why doesn’t the vast landscape of marketing services companies bother people like martech does?

The number of agencies and consultants is more than 10 times higher than the number of martech companies in these countries. Marketers and agencies aren’t 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 consultancies serving marketers.

No matter what industry you’re in, whether it’s consumer, business-to-business, healthcare, education, defense, finance, you’re part of the landscape. How you hone your skills is how you will stay relevant in the landscape. Or, the future could be similar to the front desk clerk at your doctor whose job it was to take the oximeter reading.

What can you do
They say they acquire a digital skill. You have chosen an “Understanding AI” course on Coursera or perhaps you are taking a “content marketing” course on Hub Academy. And you feel equipped. But what you need to learn is not just a technical skill, you need to learn how to be a conductor.

These are ten must-have skills on your resume to be a digital leader.

Here is the mapping of ten digital leadership skills with the skills of an orchestra conductor. Conductor skills are 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 Mastery of at least one platform: Mastery of at least one instrument is essential to the development of greater musical insight and an understanding of musical creation from a player’s perspective.

2. Ravenous appetite for the tech landscape: a voracious appetite to hear 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 wished to communicate in their music.

The opportunity to create solutions can come from anywhere. The democratization of knowledge and the availability of cloud computing open up a 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 piece.

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

6. Ability to have a clear vision: Practical experience of composition so that there is 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 through gestures at all levels of detail musical.

8. Rehearsal technique: test, analyze, align with the vision. Rehearsal technique is the ability to recognize, diagnose, and correct musical, interpretative, rhythmic, balance, and intonation problems in an effective, sequential, and creative manner. Ability to fuse analytical knowledge of the structure of a work and an artistic conception into a sound realization in the rehearsal time available.

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

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

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

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

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