Watching the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert on cable tv this week, I was reminded what rock brings to the party.
Bono put it beautifully when he pronounced from the stage: 'For a lot of us here rock & roll just means one word: liberation!'
Then Bruce Springsteen standing next to him, concerned that Bono might be taking things a tad too seriously, piped up, 'Let's have some fun with this.'
These two statements together capture the rock equation for me. R&R = freedom + joy. And this, as I repeatedly argue on these pages, is a spirit that business is in desperate need of—especially now, when surveys show that workplace morale is plummeting. (An estimate suggests that sixty-five percent of US workers are looking for a new job!)
Our teams and organizations have never been in greater want of that R&R attitude—that alchemy of passion, innovation, personality, aspiration, and independent thinking.
The U2 song 'Stuck in a Moment', though written about a personal tragedy, could just as easily be written about the loss of purpose and the absence of vision that many people—individually and organizationally—experience in their work (and in their lives) in 2009.
But of course it doesn't have to be this way. Your comments are welcomed.