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What I learned about business from
the jazz greats
Kathleen Gilroy, CEO, GeoGo™
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How jazz and business are alike
‣ You work in an ensemble
‣ You work for years without
recognition or pay
‣ You drink an...
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“A goal is a dream with a finish line.”
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“There are two kinds of music. Good.
And the other kind.”
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“I stole everything I heard. But I mostly
stole from the horns.”
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While they are singing your
praises, they are stealing your
phrases.
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“The most important thing I look for in a
musician is if he knows how to listen.”
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“If they act too hip, they ain’t got shit.”
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If I don’t practice for a day, I know
it. If I don’t practice for two days,
the critics know it. And if I don’t
practic...
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“Anyone can make the simple
complicated. Creativity is making
the complicated simple.”
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I still got my Ferrari.
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What I learned about business from
the jazz greats
Kathleen Gilroy, CEO, GeoGo™
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What we can learn about business from the jazz greats

  1. 1. 1 What I learned about business from the jazz greats Kathleen Gilroy, CEO, GeoGo™
  2. 2. 2 How jazz and business are alike ‣ You work in an ensemble ‣ You work for years without recognition or pay ‣ You drink and take drugs to tolerate the risk and failure
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. 4
  5. 5. 5 “A goal is a dream with a finish line.”
  6. 6. 6
  7. 7. 7 “There are two kinds of music. Good. And the other kind.”
  8. 8. 8
  9. 9. 9 “I stole everything I heard. But I mostly stole from the horns.”
  10. 10. 10
  11. 11. 11 While they are singing your praises, they are stealing your phrases.
  12. 12. 12
  13. 13. 13 “The most important thing I look for in a musician is if he knows how to listen.”
  14. 14. 14
  15. 15. 15 “If they act too hip, they ain’t got shit.”
  16. 16. 16
  17. 17. 17 If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.
  18. 18. 18
  19. 19. 19 “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
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  21. 21. 21 I still got my Ferrari.
  22. 22. 22 What I learned about business from the jazz greats Kathleen Gilroy, CEO, GeoGo™

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