Managing Oneself

by Peter Drucker

How do you make the right choices in business and life? Peter Drucker, the dean of management consultants, is one of the most respected thinkers on business and practical interactions in the economy. Drucker wrote this classic article, Managing Oneself, in the Harvard Business Review published originally in 1999.
Drucker’s underlying premise in this article is that you must understand how you learn in order to gather information and then manage yourself socially. Too often we are limited to someone else’s preference for teaching style because that is how they best learn, especially in the work world.
As the parent to 4 and the brother to 3, I have always been interested in why we all think and behave differently with genetics and culture only accounting for some of the outcomes. Ducker points out that among the ways people learn is by reading, writing, talking and listening. He goes through examples of famous people (Kennedy, Johnson, Churchill, Eisenhower, Patton and others) when they were successful and failures, as their mentors and teachers changed the style of communicating.

Drucker’s Examples of Ways people learn:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Talking/Explaining
  • Listening
Our T4MusicMentor uses each of these learning styles. Listening of course, as we communicate both visually and verbally to students. The recordings give the ability to rewind and reaccess in order to study. Students can send their teachers a video of themselves explaining what they have learned-I call it "explain to retain".
Drucker’s example of learning by explaining comes from Beethoven, who habitually sketched what he wanted to learn in voluminous books, but never referred to them afterward when composing. “If I do not write it down immediately, I forget it right away. If I put it in a sketchbook, I never forget it and never have to look it up again.” Beethoven’s sketches were explaining in his own words or a form of visualization. T4MusicMentor discusses visualization and memorization in several videos teaching the student how to read music.
Drucker discusses the importance of measurement of results, which he calls feedback analysis. He goes back to the 1500s and notes the first individuals to measure results regularly were John Calvin and Ignatius of Loyola, whose Calvinist church and Jesuit orders became dominant in 30 years after founding by measuring results regularly. Drucker says feedback is critical to learning how you learn and then adjusting accordingly.
Our T4MusicMentor measures results. We capture when students watch videos and whether they answer questions embedded in the videos accurately. Our teachers note that the internal measures can basically serve as a chair test for their own students.

Key Features of T4MusicMentor:

  • Teacher Led Podcasts
  • Student Videos of Assignments
  • Organized Modules for Progress
  • Measures Students Results – Views and Retention
  • Embedded Questions
  • Video Search by Topic
  • Topics: Play, Rhythm, Theory
  • Flexible Reorganization by Teacher/Classroom
Relationship management is the other key according to Drucker. In this context, he means that many of the communication issues in business are caused because people to not know how those around them learn, which is the core to communication. Music education offers many opportunities to work on the practical side of social issues and communication, from small ensembles to the large marching bands and symphonies.
Drucker moved into consulting in the 1930s out of a safe banking career, as he now understands, because of a value choice. He has written 34 books published in more than 70 languages. Drucker counseled 13 governments and countless business and nonprofit organizations on how to improve performance.

The Win D Fender

The Win D Fender
Flute players rejoice! Whether you are a student in marching band or a professional on a gig, the weather will no longer control where you can play, thanks to Win-D-Fender.
Twenty years ago, Win-D-Fender founder and north Texas music educator, Mark Dooly, was playing a gig with a big band on an outdoor stage. He stood up to play the Bossa Nova lead he had specifically practiced on the flute, when a gust of wind blew by preventing him from being able to produce any sound out of the instrument. After consulting with other flute players, all of whom had dealt with that, or similar issues, Dooly wondered, with the oldest record of a flute being six thousand years ago, why had nobody solved this problem of playing outside, yet?
Two years ago, after gaining access to a 3D printer, Dooly began to solve the problem. 20 iterations of the Win-D-Fender later, (the first example made out of a plastic spoon with rubber bands) and a partnership with Patrick Reeds and Clem Kwok of Argyle International Corporation, Mark Dooly has finally solved it.
The Win-D-Fender is the first of its kind, and a flutist’s first defense against wind. Made with a spring clip, the Win-D-Fender attaches to the head joint of the flute. Once there, the rubber shield averts any unwanted outside wind from interfering with the player’s sound. The rubber touching the metal leaves no gaps between the Win-D-Fender and the flute, preventing all wind from getting through. No muffling and no change in the flute’s sound is detectable by the listener. It comes with a built-in mount for a clip-on microphone, and an embroidered pouch that allows for easy portability.
Even in 110mph winds, the equivalent of a level two hurricane’s wind, the Win-D-Fender still protects the sound production of the flute.

Welcome Gary Rackley- Meet Our New Frisco Rep!

Welcome Gary Rackley- Meet Our New Frisco Rep!
Gary has joined the staff in our Frisco location as an Ed Rep.  He is a Dallas native who attended Highland Park Middle and High School before pursuing a degree in Music Education at Texas Tech University. Gary has performed in many groups including the Jazz Ensemble, Court Jesters, Concert and Marching Bands. After completing his degree, Gary joined the US Navy, touring South America with the Navy Show Band East. Four years later, Gary was honorably discharged to continue his education in Music Composition at North Texas State.
When asked about why he became a Rep for the company, Gary responded:
"Following a summer on the road with a local musician I chose to get into sales as a Manufacturer's Representative for several lines of consumer electronics.  We were awarded Rep-of-the-Year our first year with Alpine Electronics. My performance led to a corporate offer - Regional Manager for Alpine/Luxman - where I was responsible for managing reps in the Southeast & Midwest.  A few years later, I was selected to be Director of Sales for the Harman Consumer Group - dealing with key accounts, business plans, and rep management for the Southwest.
I have continued to play saxophone with various Big Bands in DFW: Crosswinds Jazz Band, Celebration Jazz Orchestra, Pecos River Brass, Joshua Experience, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and others.  A few years back I played in Urban Renewal, a "Tower of Power" cover band; and still play in the praise & worship band at Chase Oaks Español."
Through his combination of musical talent and representative experience, Gary will be a helpful addition for us here in Frisco.
In his spare time, Gary also enjoys playing racquet ball, tennis and jogging.