“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”

~ William Plomer


By Amy Lyman

In musical presentation, accompaniment is the action of playing along with other musicians as a supporter of their performance.  The work of an accompanist is intended to add to the entire presentation, to bring it to completion.  It is intended to complement what is already there, providing symmetry and balance to the other parts that make up the entire composition.  With an orchestra, ensemble, or other musical performance that isn’t a solo act, the beauty comes from the balance created from everyone’s contributions.  The idea of the performance already exists – the musical score – yet the reality of the performance happens only when people start contributing, playing off of each other’s contributions, creating more from what occurs together than each individual person’s contribution.

If we think of the work activities that occur in a great organization and the creativity and innovation that are tapped into through collaborative work, the notion of people accompanying each other is an appropriate and powerful metaphor.  And as with most everything in a great workplace, it starts with the actions of Trustworthy Leaders who create the culture and the environment in which this can happen (p. 76).

From:  Lyman, A. (2012).  The trustworthy leader: leveraging the power of trust to transform your organization.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call To Action

Is your business set up to include everyone’s contribution for creating together?  If not, what will you do this week to move toward including all?