PIGS ARE NOT FLYING. IN A SEPT. 19 POSTING (“NON-OBVIOUS THINGS PINK Floyd can teach your team”) on CIO's
Advice & Opinion: You're the Boss blog, Esther Schindler correlated the rock band's turbulent history with team- building skills. The first thing businesses can learn from the band, Schindler wrote, is not to sweat whether an employee's personality fits in exactly with the company culture. Most Pink Floyd bandmates were childhood acquaintances but didn't like one another. Yet, the group knew how to concentrate its collective creativity—recording 10 songs in 14 days for a movie soundtrack while touring. The second is learning how to direct employees to use their experiences as creative outlets. In “Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd” (Da Capo Press, 2008), Schindler writes, author Mark Blake said that Roger Waters' lyrical inspiration for “Echoes” rose from childhood emotional issues and dealing with lead singer Syd Barrett's departure from the band. The third is realizing creative individuals can sometimes be taskmasters. When guitarist David Gilmour phoned Waters for help in writing “The Narrow Way,” Waters replied, “Do it yourself,” and hung up. Finally—and Schindler admits this one is a stretch—businesses should understand that technology teams' ultimate downfall can sometimes be the technology upon which they rely. Pink Floyd's copious sound and lighting equipment frequently overloaded hardware, which created tension and ruined shows.