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barrett describes his book as a « jazz of leadership style » and he makes some very compelling and sensible observations about the process of an organization’s achievement of its objectives. he is especially interested in how improvisation can be applied to the complex problems that arise in a large, complex organization. impatience, confusion, and haste can be paralyzing. but not so for those who apply the skill of improvisation to solving the organization’s problems. impatience and confusion can be highly effective as long as they are used to solve problems, not to avoid or avoid making decisions. decisions and actions that are well thought out and preceded by clear objectives will almost always be more effective than impulsive, improvised actions.

what i appreciate most about this book is the complete lack of arrogance that barrett infuses into his material. he sees himself as a student of the art and skill of improvising; he understands that leaders must acknowledge their own limitations. he acknowledges that a leader’s improvisation may have to include mistakes, and this is not a bad thing. failure is an integral part of learning. what is most unusual about barrett’s book is its focus on the importance of creativity in leadership. almost everyone seems to agree that a leader’s job is to get something done. but barrett sees that this conventional idea can stifle creativity. this is clear in his discussion of the wily beethoven, whose creative genius allowed him to persist in composing a piano sonata despite not being able to play the instrument!

barrett argues that so much of the management art of leadership consists of adapting to new situations. this means discovering and discovering. leaders are asked to respond to situations that they do not know in advance. leadership is not a static, routine way of behaving. it is dynamic and adaptive, responsive to events. this means it changes constantly, and there is no « correct » management style. improvisation is one of the skills that leaders can use to adapt to an ongoing situation, rather than to be rooted in a particular strategy.

here is a simple story that illustrates the power of improvisation. while working in a financial investment company, i was assigned the task of creating a chart that illustrated the value of our entire portfolio. i was never given the name of the chart, so i just called it a portfolio chart. but every day i had a new chart to create, and every day i would be faced with similar questions from various people across the company. for example, the following day the boss would come in and ask how a certain sector was performing. i would create a new chart, and then create a chart with the same information but with an arrow pointing up or down. the next day the boss would ask why the sector had moved. i would create a new chart and create one with the sector moving up or down.
as a business school professor, the art of jazz, as a jazz musician and improviser, the art of jazz, as a jazz-loving parent, the art of jazz. yes to the mess is a book that puts forward that jazz, and the art of jazz, can add meaning to the workplace. if you are a leader who has worked on developing your people, perhaps you have been a little frustrated by the fact that improvisation is not at the center of your work. you may be a better leader if you understand that it is possible to develop people more fully by working with them as they explore new ideas, try new things, and practice the art of jazz. yes to the mess shows that it can be done. it shows you how. david cowan is the frances haustin professor of management and global public policy at the ross school of business at the university of michigan and the founder of the jazz lab at the business school. he has played in numerous jazz bands, won numerous jazz competitions, and served on the board of directors of the jazz society of michigan, the world’s largest jazz organization. he is also the author of the book, jazz is human. he can be found on linkedin at and at