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“Rock ‘n Roll Leadership: How to Succeed in Managing Your Team”
Some of rock’s most famous musicians were also great leaders. Keeping a band on the road and navigating the treacherous terrain of the music industry requires vision and smart management. Successful rock ‘n’ rollers treat their act as a business, and businesses can learn from them as well.

In researching her new book, Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers, author, journalist, and NPR commentator Meredith Ochs found that many artists who’ve outlived, outsold, and outlasted their peers developed leadership skills that lead them to success in highly competitive fields. These skills that can be applied to almost any arena. This fun presentation will explore the leadership styles of famous women musicians, how they met challenges, how they managed creative people, and how their experience is relevant to you and your business. Attend this session to:

  • Examine Rock ‘n’ Roll Leadership archetypes: Which one sounds like you? Is there one that might work better for you?
  • Learn how to succeed by managing your team like a rock band, and why this approach is a better 21st century fit than sports teams or military themes.
  • How to get the most from creative employees, remain relevant, and tap into your inner rock star in the process.

Meredith Ochs

Presenter: Meredith Ochs is an award-winning broadcast journalist, author, and longtime NPR commentator. As a talk radio personality, she covered trucking, news, and entertainment for a decade and a half, interviewing hundreds celebrities and even more professional drivers. Her latest book, Rock-and-Roll Woman, profiles 50 of music’s most influential and innovative women. A musician and former band leader herself, Ochs identifies the various leadership styles that brought them success, and what you can learn from them to make your team rock!