Andrew has a contrasting mix of
talents which include being
composer and coach
plus world-wide experience in both personal
development & team building.
What glues these disparate elements together
is Andrew's passionate commitment to the subject of improvisation.
Making it up as we go along, sometimes
referred to as improvisation, is something we do more often
than we might realise or, in certain circumstances, even want to admit. Despite what we
might logically think ,'just winging it' can sometimes be the better
choice. This is because trying to 'always get things right' can
get in the way of actually succeeding. Of course we can't easily dismiss
custom & practice, learned techniques,
processes, theories etc., etc. but because of the pressure of achieving goals, targets & other
performance assessments we can often miss 'the interesting bits in between'.
Andrew's belief, born out by experience, is that there is 'a certain
something' to the idea that 'making it up as we go along' can have much
merit. By taking this concept to its limits it becomes possible to
conceive of approaches to problem-solving, leadership and even 'steering
oneself through life' that have the look and feel of achieving some kind
of mastery over chaos.
Of course, to the community of
musicians, experiencing improvisation can have a sneaky way of improving
The nature of Andrew's research
concerns how the underlying form and process of musical improvisation
might have an impact on the way we as individuals could better interact
with our work and our community.
Further to this organisations and
groups may learn not only how to be more effective but also to develop
greater meaning and creativity.
Musical improvisation has a virtually
unlimited capacity to excite, motivate and create community. It is
Andrew's firm belief that organisations can benefit from not only this
improvisational metaphor but also the direct experience of musical
improvisation. In so doing they can learn to re-orientate
themselves towards a more creative, happier and ultimately healthier and more profitable state.