Thanks for the reminder, Bruce

Posted on: Thursday, May 30th, 2019


Yep, it’s THAT Bruce. The Boss, Mr. Springsteen. What, you may wonder, transpired between Bruce and myself? What exchange did we have?

Well, none at all, I’m afraid as the exchange was limited to me stuck riveted to my tablet watching Bruce on Broadway. During a moment of reminiscence, The Boss drew up a memory from the recesses of his mind relating to his trusted Big Man, the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons of the E-Street Band. The evolving discussion, a monologue if truth be told, went on to encompass all the other members of the legendary band.

Bruce stated contemplatively, and here I take the liberty to hijack and condense his words, that ”the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. This statement made reference to the considerable talent of the individual members of the E-Street band who together gave us music that the individual musicians didn’t, perhaps couldn’t. Bruce had a stint at going it alone, yet, his output with the E-Street band is far superior.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

When the members of a team work in synchrony, the output will be superior than that from the individual members. For a team to be effective, there must be a leader able to sell the vision to the team members and rally the team members to deliver the vision. Easier said than done, but surely doable.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We can do worse than keeping in mind this sage advice, imparted to us by none other than Aristotle.

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