Surf's up!

Don’t look now, but the days are getting longer (at least for us in the north). And as our climatically-altered weather gets warmer, summer is calling!

Right on cue, The Beach Boys have announced they’re re-grouping for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012, including (for the first time in decades) Brian Wilson, as well as original members Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnson, and early members, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.



As you’ve probably noticed (unless you’re dangerously sleep-deprived), this blog has recently been re-launched. The intent is to more formally structure it around the book.

What appeared on the old blog—which some are already calling the Classic Business Lessons From Rock blog (or the Business Lessons From Classic Rock blog?)—is being absorbed into this "Home" section, which will include some news, comment, opinion, small-talk, and a little propaganda.


My interview with John Lennon biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler: part two.

Jude Southerland Kessler should qualify as the most ambitious Beatles’ author in history, given her multi-volume expanded biography of John Lennon.

She’s published two volumes to date, Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, taking the reader up through April, 1963—with (only) seven more books to go.

Picking up where I left off on my August post, I ask Jude about the leadership dynamics in The Beatles and their ridiculously bold objective to be the biggest act in the world.


A conversation with myself.

To coincide with the re-launch of this blog, I decided this would be an auspicious occasion for me to interview myself and bare all. (Who's better qualified to ask the tough questions?)

Q. Why did you move your blog to the WordPress platform?
A. To boost readership.

Q. Is it working?
A. Absolutely! We're in double digits already.


This just in: 1 in 4 bosses are psychos!

This was the shocking headline on Mediaite (a reputable news and media blog) yesterday: "Psychological Study Finds That One In Four Bosses Are Secretly Psychopaths."

But readers should be skeptical. These stats are highly suspect. Everyone tells me the ratio is more like one in two bosses. (And what's with the weasel word "secretly"?)

This is yet another aspect of business where rock & roll has much to teach us. In most bands—especially the best and the brightest—there are no bosses (at least in the traditional sense), psycho or otherwise.

Bands tend to be autonomous, self-managed business teams. Leadership is situational and distributed. Different members take the lead for different functions.