“Congratulations, Gerald, on your new book. You have obviously put a lot of heart into it. This wonderful, enjoyable book entertains you and opens your mind and heart to inspire others. It can change your life and the lives of others.”
Brian Tracy, Author/Speaker/Consultant
“Gerald Leonard is a professional musician. Correction, he is a professional and he is a musician. He brings the qualities of both disciplines to everything he does. When he is managing systems in an organization, he is informed by his musical training and artistry. When he is performing in a symphony or jazz ensemble, he is guided by his knowledge of systems theory and organizational behavior. For that reason, I believe he is the perfect person to write this book. I have learned from him, and I have had the privilege of sharing the stage with him musically. Gerald is the rock that allows the rest of us to … well, Rock!
I recommend this book to you and your team. Read it together and discuss each part of it. Become the Ensemble of Achievement that you are collectively capable of becoming.”
In the Spirit of Harmony,
Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE
Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame, author of 18 books, including
the international bestsellers The Acorn Principle, Relationship Selling, and
the new The Self-Motivation Handbook.
“I love music and I love business. When you put them together in a book, as Gerald Leonard has done, you have an interesting, entertaining, and informative combination that makes for a great book. Leonard has the chops as a musician and is savvy in business. The lessons in this book will teach you to build and manage a team that is engaged and productive. That’s music to any leader’s ears.”
Shep Hyken, customer service/experience expert and New York
Times bestselling author of The Amazement Revolution
“Gerald! I’m so proud of you! What a great creative approach for your book!”
Jolley By Design!
Dee Taylor-Jolley | COO, CFO
“In his latest book, Workplace Jazz, Gerald J. Leonard provides fresh new insights and practical tools that will allow leaders to adapt their organizations and to develop agile transformation project teams to excel in the new world of constant change.”
Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Author, Speaker, Thinkers50, past
“Who would have thought of tying jazz and the workplace together? Well, Gerald Leonard has, and he does a great job of integrating how a business can use the jazz concepts to flourish in these crazy times. He’s great at conducting us in reaching new levels of success.”
Jerry V. Teplitz, JD, Ph.D. Author of Switched-On Selling:
Balance Your Brain for Sales Success and Managing Your Stress in
Difficult Times: Succeeding in Times of Change
“Wow. Your passion for music and Agile project management oozes from the pages. I found it inspiring. I love your conversational writing style. It makes for a very comfortable read. I also think your general chapter approach of stories, theory, and application works really well.”
Rob Tieman, P.E., Director, Project Management Office (PMO)
“Gerald has done a magnificent job in highlighting the connection between building a great jazz ensemble and building high-performing projects and business teams. Teams capable of developing and encouraging a healthier and more productive workplace culture. I’m pleased to have Gerald as a regular writer on our team of project management experts at PMWorld 360 Magazine, writing about what he knows best — workplace culture!”
Moira Alexander, PMP, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of PMWorld 360 Magazine, Founder of Lead-Her-Ship Group, and author of “LEAD or LAG: Linking Strategic Project Management & Thought Leadership”.
“Workplace Jazz has a universal theme and will appeal to those in music and in business. As a drummer, who’s performed with Gerald, I feel this comparison between jazz musicians and agile teams makes for a great read. The insights in the book will teach you how to create a high-performing team. Bravo Gerald!”
Bill Cates, CSP, CPAE, Author of Radical Relevance
“Creating a high-performing team is key to any business, game, or sport. Workplace Jazz shows you how to do it by demonstrating world-class musicians using their talents and skills to build great teams. Gerald makes it plain and clear how we can adapt the concepts, principles, and practices of these great jazz musicians to build world-class high-performing teams in our organizations. I’m immensely glad that Gerald has published his unique and fresh insights towards the much-studied field of building high-performing agile teams.”
Yu-kai Chou, International Keynote Speaker on Gamification & Behavioral Design, Creator of the Octalysis Framework
“Jazz is a beautiful metaphor for work as it should be, and this is a beautiful, practical book about how to create a high-performance team and have fun along the way.”
Peter Cook Chairperson, Thought Leaders
“My idea of jazz and my wife’s idea of jazz are two completely different things. And it’s likely the same with everyone else. Gerald Leonard’s idea of Workplace Jazz embraces those differences and looks at the symphony of the project workplace. He takes the attitude that we all need to seize the opportunity to blend with others to create beautiful and inspiring outcomes. And he creates and shares a structure to make that happen. Gerald’s work builds on his earlier Culture is the Bass, moving beyond his passion for the bass line into the full range of business environment opportunities. It’s an easy read with powerful thought behind it. “
Carl Pritchard, 2019 PMI Global Eric Jennet “Best of the Best” award winner