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Takeaway #116: 2.0 Collaboration and the triple-double

***You dribbling around just being a ball hog

I got my kicks out my locker

If I ain’t got the shot then I dish to my partner***

Cool Kids     One, Two

Takeaway 116 BPM salutes 2.0-collaboration and wikinomics.  Crowdsourcing and teamwork add tremendous value.  It’s a team sport.  Make your mates look good.  That’s how you look good.  Vidal Sasson’s classic tag line (you don’t look good, I don’t look good).  Get an assist today, and make that triple-double stick.

About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

2 responses to “Takeaway #116: 2.0 Collaboration and the triple-double

  1. So, I’ve been thinking… hiphop is more forceful than jazz and swing or at least can have a greater impact bc its verbal. But I’m not sure about this bc while swing operates according to metronomic efficiency (4/4 time), much of jazz does not: free jazz and fully improvisational jazz come first to mind. The thing with these other jazz forms is that you can’t dance to it, it’s “chaos in sound” in the sense that it does not adhere to regularly timed beats.

    So… I can see the collaborative elements of hiphop coming through the rhyme pattern, the flow of words lets a would-be participant/collaborator know when, where, and how to enter into the word play. It’s like double dutch (it’s a jump rope game B, two ropes 🙂 ) and timing is everything. Swing is that way too.

    So, collaborations in business, it seems would need to be based on flow, timing. Does your business parter know your rhythms? Does s/he know when, where, and how to enter? To offer an assist? To offer an assist w/o you needing to ask for one? Inner time, shared time.

    Educational training won’t tell you that a potential parter or employee will know how to get the timing right. S/he needs to listen carefully and be able act/respond quickly, reflexively. How do you screen for that? I’m imagining an interview where there are word-play games, brainstorming on some random product or idea. Can the candidate get with the flow? For how long? This is what we look for in swing. How long can you sustain the momentum? And how do you handle space/quiet? The tension of each second is intense!

    Ok. Thanks for helping me move these thoughts along.

  2. I have to add a quick rant about why we need more art in schools: Art teaches us to take risks, to think outside the box of preordained established ideas and norms. Art teaches us to get comfortable with uncertainty. Art teaches flow, timing and collaboration (so do sports and we need more of this too). Math can’t teach flow but music (my fav) can teach us how to apply math. Think of the spatial considerations of a QB throwing a pass. It’s all applied math (geometry mostly). Entrepreneurs are artists. Increase art, grow the number of entrepreneurs. All for now. Promise.

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