Five Lessons for Business Inspired by The Beatles

The recently released documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, homes in on a recording session in January 1969 to provide a fascinating insight into the band’s professional relationships, business approach and creative processes.

While those creative processes appeared to be disorganised, tense, clashing and convoluted, the documentary demonstrates the power and success that comes when people are prepared to compromise, collaborate, be democratic, vulnerable and willing to explore new ideas.

Drawing on the documentary, academics from the University of Florida came up with the following five lessons that can (and should) be applied to all work settings – and they’re great!

  1. Collective compromise builds strong teams. Creative ideas often collide. If compromises are not reached, one or more team members may feel less valued and unable to share innovative ideas that could advance an initiative; some may even be compelled to quit. A range of entrepreneurial strategies and ideas should be embraced to optimise group dynamics and the potential success of a product or service.
  2. A democratic environment ensures all voices are heard. If only one voice is heard, there is no teamwork and innovation, and progress can be dealt a significant blow. The morale of employees may sink to such a low level that complacency may set in, and a project may stall or fail to reach its full potential. To remedy this, all team members’ voices must be valued, and their contributions considered.
  3. Embrace newfangled ideas. The more radical ideas that surface during the creative process should never be disregarded. Write down all ideas, however crazy. These ideas may be the cornerstone of a final product that pushes the boundaries of creativity and innovation and opens the way to territories not yet explored.
  1. Exploration is how you achieve innovation: Facilitating explorational ‘think tank’ sessions with colleagues should be encouraged in the workplace because it often leads to big hits.
  1. Vulnerability can lead to valiant ideas: Another way to think about vulnerability is being open to other ideas, especially when those ideas are forward-thinking and outside your realm of expertise. Many companies experience vulnerabilities that greatly impact projects. Let that vulnerability lead your team to embrace new ideas and approaches that culminate in a fresh, forward-thinking final product.


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This article was sourced from 5 lessons on teamwork as inspired by The Beatles was written by José Valentino Ruiz, Chris Shelton and Savanna Downing from The University of Florida.