A few of my favorite citations from rock luminaries—with business implications—from my upcoming Business Lessons From Rock tome...
I wanted to be someone who invented something. — Chuck Berry
The architect of rock & roll guitar-picking understood that creativity rules! In order to stand out from the pack and produce something important, you have to invent, originate, initiate, formulate, manufacture, or generate SOMETHING NEW. Why is this so hard for businesses to comprehend?
We rely more on enthusiasm than skill. — Chris Martin
The lead singer of Coldplay gets it about the importance of team engagement. If YOU can’t be excited about the work you do, about your products or your services, about what your brand stands for, why should anyone ELSE be?
Music should never be harmless. — Robbie Robertson
The Band’s lead guitarist and primary songwriter knows that great art—and commerce—needs to upset the status quo. Play it safe and risk irrelevance.
We tour, therefore we are. — Phil Lesh
The Grateful Dead bassist is saying that a team’s ACTION defines who they are. The Grateful Dead was an iconic band because they played…a lot…live…in person.
When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot. — Larry Lujack
This quote by a famous Chicago DJ has nothing to do with business, but I had to include it.