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Ngozi Adebiyi’s Business Nuggets: A Major!



No, not a major in the army but a musical A major. According to Wikipedia, A major (or the key of A) is a major scale based on A, with the pitches A, B, C♯, D, E, F♯, and G♯.

A major is often thought of as the simplest key for violin and other orchestra instruments and beginners in violin classes usually have their first pieces in A major.
So what has this got to do with pertinent work related issues?
I was reading Know your Why by Ken Costa recently and in driving home an analogy, he mentioned Beethoven’s seventh symphony. As one who grew up playing the piano it was only natural my interest was piqued.
At the time he composed the seventh symphony, Beethoven had lost his hearing so one can only imagine how much grit he had to exercise to pull off a piano piece that lasted forty minutes classified as a four part symphony.

A major’s musical key description is joyful and pastoral. It represents life, hope, beauty, trust, satisfaction with one’s state of affairs and childlike cheerfulness.

Beethoven had a way of attributing persona to the notes and managed to pull off this symphony with more balance skewed towards “A major” than other scales with more dampening tunes.

In your most challenging of times (in Beethoven’s case he had gone deaf) are you able to evoke deep feelings that exude a certain quality of work expressed as hope and beauty, life and satisfaction? Or do you succumb to your debilitating circumstance and drown in negativity?

Do you sometimes find yourself in the zone of ‘entitlement thinking’ saying to yourself “woe is me”, “nothing works in my country”, “you don’t understand the dilemma I’m in” or are you faced with a situation of plain disconnection from reality?

Given the economic landscape, now is a good time to let go of cynicism and “I-don’t-care-ism”. Determine to get the most out of what or where you find yourself.

What can you do about bringing “A major” execution on your job, education, career and business?
Can you face the reality of giving personality to your circumstance more times than you have considered or explored? It’s worth the try.

Spin an “A major” tune into your 2017 situations and watch your symphony come together!

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Ngozi Adebiyi is the Lead Consultant at OutsideIn HR & Career/Leadership Coach @ OutsideInCoach. Our focus is practical interventions that address the challenges of businesses today. We specialise in HR Business Partnering & Leadership Development with the goal of revolutionising HR in Nigeria & consciously unleashing inner greatness! [email protected]

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