What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Feel the music!

I’ve been experiencing the frustrations, challenges and opportunities that arise in not knowing. In executive search and recruiting, like all businesses, there often comes a time that the strategies we develop and execute don’t yield the results required. It’s a moment in which I appreciate my training in improvisation.

Over the last year I have been performing musical improv. Sometimes it is frightening and intimidating to improvise songs. I can feel lost – I don’t know what I’m doing (I’m not an accomplished singer). In those moments what I’ve learned is that I have to “feel the music”.

Creativity often comes in the form of “pointlessness” and in play. Not knowing can be uncomfortable for all of us, our culture is a culture of knowing. Perhaps “feeling the music” means creating the space for pointless and playful conversation so we can collaboratively create new strategies beyond our individual capabilities as “knowers”.