The NHS has spent £5,000 sending staff on a transformational leadership course based around “the world of jazz and improvisation”.
The art of transformational leadership course by Improwise asserts that if employees are able to understand how jazz musicians communicate, improvise and innovate, the skills and techniques can be applied in the workplace.
The course also includes an interactive live jazz performance embedded within the session.
Improwise encourage attendees to create ‘disruptive innovation’ interrupting habit patterns to look at new ways of doing things.
The company says of the course: “We seek to identify and utilise new sets of skills to bring about change, enhance communication, leadership, team working, and innovation.
“We do this by bringing a jazz band into the board room or conference venue, and we examine the skills of live improvising jazz musicians, and see how we could utilise those skills within organisations, looking at new ways of working, market development and customer engagement.”