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pARTnership Movement Profiles: A Singing Media Mogul and a Choreographing Management Consultant

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We have covered it here before, CEOs and business leaders who find their artistic practice very integral in the success of running their business. Let’s cover two more leaders who have proven that arts and business do indeed complement each other and make for valuable business lessons.

 

WHO: David Steinberger

 

WHAT: Juilliard-trained vocal artist, also CEO and cofounder of comiXology, an Amazon.com subsidiary that’s the largest distributor of digital comic books

 

SAY WHAT?!: In 1998, after graduating from Juilliard, Steinberger abandoned his artistic dreams of singing at The Met and instead began training Wall Street bankers and lawyers to present to audiences–first at Credit Suisse and then as a temp assigned to different firms.

 

He’s won a business plan competition while still an MBA student at NYU, raised an estimated $2.85 million in venture and seed financing in comiXology’s early days, lead annual “ask me anything” open forums at San Diego Comic Con, and orchestrated an Amazon buyout in April 2014 – proving he has built a lucrative business career getting others to listen to him.

 

QUOTABLE: To this day, he credits singing for helping him find his business voice. “When you’re performing solo–just you and your pianist, which I love to do–you’re very exposed. You learn to be really, really prepared before going on stage”.

 

TO BE HEARD, FIRST YOU MUST LISTEN

THEN, YOU MUST LEARN TO BREATHE

FINALLY, YOU MUST FOCUS

 

READ MORE: Singing Opera Helps This Media Mogul Find His Business Voice

 

 

WHO: Sydney Skybetter

 

WHAT: A choreographer, curator and consultant focusing on issues of change, choreography and technology. Both his TEDx talk and Twitter give great insight into the work and research.

 

TELL ME MORE!: He’s catalyzed innovation inside organizations ranging from The National Ballet of Canada to Hasbro, Bloomberg Philanthropies to the University of Southern California.

 

He produces an annual symposium called the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI) to gather dancers, ethnographers, computer scientists, artists and others to think about how we choreograph our devices, and how they choreograph us. Oh, he’s also faculty at Brown University.

 

QUOTABLE: “If you want to fire people and ratchet up efficiency, hire a suit. If you want your team to ideate and move seamlessly together, hire a choreographer.”

 

READ MORE: Meet The Choreographer Shaking Up Organizations By Chasing The Silences

 

Photo: Steinberger via Fast Company and Skybetter via Safety Third Productions.

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