What Leaders Can Learn From Baba Stiltz

Leadership lessons can come from the most unexpected places.

My brother sent me the link to this clip a few days ago. It’s about a young, highly talented electronic music producer from Stockholm with a classical ballet background.

Sound interesting? He is! There’s something about Baba Stiltz. Watch it and you’ll see what I mean…

This dude’s glasses are enough of a reason to listen to what he has to say. Anyone with that much style deserves our attention. AND, he shares my OCD tendencies when it comes to crushing on a song or an artist.

Here’s his badass ideas on creativity…

“I try not to analyse what I do….usually when I think too much, everything goes to shit. It’s like love as well. If we think too much, we get stuck in the situation.” – Yep.

“I want to be scared….I don’t want to know what I’m doing.” – Yep, again.

On hard work (there’s no getting around it) – “The most important thing is work ethic. Every day, sitting down and forcing yourself to do it.”

This tweet by Maria Popova reiterates the importance of disciplined action:

“It’s all about what you do with what you have.” Not enough resources? Stop the whining, make the most of what you have, and utilise your creative mind.

Director Oren Peli filmed Paranormal Activity over seven days at his own house for just $15,000. The spooky handheld camera horror film became a massive hit via word of mouth, pulling in $193 million worldwide.

Lorde’s hit single “Royals” started off as a free internet download and transformed into a U.S Billboard number one hit.

And Baba’s ‘wall of flies’ analogy? Ten points for anyone who can use this metaphor in a meeting at work next week. Seriously though, Tweet if you do and I’ll send you a prize.

“The moment I have a formula, I’m probably not doing something so good.”

And perhaps one of the biggest keys to creativity – ”The most important thing is to feel…and to do something with that.”

Writers, take note.

Baba Stiltz, I am a fan.

What were your thoughts on Baba’s clip? What other leadership parallels did you pick up? And, how can you utilise these tips right now to  improve your leadership skills?

October 10th, 2014|

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  1. Nick Jessett October 10, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Hi Suzi,

    Thanks for sharing this…an insightful view on creativity.

    • Suzi McAlpine October 11, 2014 at 12:41 am - Reply

      Great to hear from you Nick – glad you enjoyed it.


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