Thursday, January 25, 2007

Q&A Day - Insights from Wynton Marsalis & Jeff Smulyan

Business thought-leaders Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis communications, offer their insights:

Wynton Marsalis’ Tips on Business Integrity & Creativity:

  • Everything in jazz and business starts with integrity. Listen to others. Respect them. Build trust.
  • Groups who work together "swing." They believe "we" is more important than "me," and by doing so, absorb mistakes.
  • You can be creative inside or outside of tradition. Inside, you reinvigorate. Outside, you counter-state.
  • Creative people dare to be laughed at. They don't act like what they are. They be what they are.
  • Embrace opposites. They are, in fact, the same.

That’s great advice from jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis, who is not only a great musician, but a great leader. Marsalis was named one of America’s Best Leaders in 2006 by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and U.S. News & World Report.

here to read Wynton’s complete Q&A on USA

Jeff Smulyan’s Thoughts...

On Radio Sales in Today’s Environment:

“We have to get away from the transactional business. We have to do more developmental work….When times are good and the ad agencies keep adding more dollars every year, it's not as imperative, but I think that as agencies shift to other things, we have to go out and find the business directly and develop it.”

On Research & Development:

“Emmis has always been an industry trailblazer, whether it's with new formats, new sales approaches or new high-growth ventures. For example, our interactive group is allocated as an R&D effort. We're most comfortable being on the leading edge.”

Click here to read Jeff’s full Q&A on

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