Highlights from Miha Pogacnik’s global transformational journey in 2015

Looking back on adventurous 2015, let me share with you some highlights starting with the last….

Bringing Masterpieces to life at the corporate podiums worldwide

I again delivered, as every year, a Leadership Resonance Masterclass® – workshop style learning module for the BOSCH Gmbh leaders in Berlin. Because of relatively small group of VP level participants we could explore the creative “translation” of music masterpiece’s deep emotional impact into poetry, which was created by participants in small teams: While all content related to the corporate values! It felt like we are well on the way towards a formula for executive learning beyond only information, transiting knowledge to wisdom, striving beyond excellence towards genius!


“Driven by passion” with Fiat-Chrysler Group

For the second time I was part of the annual FCA Group leaders meeting in Serbia at the Lake Bor. Together we spend two days with various interactive and creative exercises, encouraging attendees’ artistic expression to reach higher teamwork and leadership level through my “Transformational Leadership and Teambuilding Journey”. Next year they will be sitting in the symphony orchestra, among the players, to explore my “symphonic organization” methodology!

Making the world a better place with MAHLE Foundation

One of most valuable experiences of the year came through a request for my support during the 50 years celebration of MAHLE Foundation in Stuttgart, extraordinary organization supporting diverse future bearing fields arising from the work of Rudolf Steiner: Education, arts, health, agriculture and beyond. You might be interested in this solution: Imagine the challenge of almost a dozen official speeches on the the opening
night, who can listen attentively through all that? The solution was my Resonance Platform Event Support Model®: Between the speeches we “inserted” short moderated musical magic moments with my wonderful pianist Diana Baker and the concentration could last for the rest on the programme! My final concert in the packed chapel is not easy to describe: suddenly many people approached me who traveled the world with me
in 80’s and 90’s during some of our 200 intercultural IDRIART festivals before the turn of the millennium…. another long story of the power of music during social upheavals…

50 years celebration of MAHLE Foundation
New workshop for IT LEADERS recommended by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple

In 2015 I also delivered two insightful performances at leading IT events: IBM Business Connect 2015 in Cologne and Gartner Identity Access Management (I AM) Summit in London which were the birth-place of new workshop: World 4.0: The power of Emotional Innovation for IT Leaders. All about the inner balance and double growth…


The context for talent development is critical! It was amazing educational experience for my clients and myself during the one-day Developing Talents Workshop with top UBS IT professionals in Wolfsberg, Switzerland. Musical process-performance supplemented with other art methods greatly stimulates creativity and change in human being. Enthusiastic feedback confirmed the value of this creative team-building method: “So unique and different! Highly engaging! Seminar like no other!”


Miha supporting consultants worldwide

My musical method is getting highly recognized among consultants who often invite me to support the events of their clients. In October, for instance, I truly enjoyed working with a creative consulting group Peoplerise who also use Otto Scharmer’s Theory U model in their workshops. Music speaks directly to the feelings and my method brings the masterpiece structure alive, making the leadership journey unforgettable experience and inner force for change. This was the musical impulse for ELECTROLUX sales force leadership. Also in October I supported in a similar way my colleagues consultants at ICG, Integrated Consulting Group Learning Days in Cologne. Deep learning requires the next level consciousness change and music, through my “interruptive method”, does it!


It is always great joy for us artists to meet with business leaders in creative atmosphere. Musical strategy experience inspires conversations to the higher level of meaning, resulting in the flow of unique business ideas. My friend Anders Indset invited me to perform for a group of executives from Montagsgesellschaft e.V. community in Frankfurt in September, entitled “Dinner with Friends”, and it really felt like it!

One of worlds’ favorite corporate speakers…

Key-note motivational speeches, moderated workshops and ‘Midnight Concerts’ following his presentations have resulted in consistent stream of
enthusiastic feedback and standing ovations!

“Speaking to you, dear HR leaders, it feels like coming back home. Let us consider r e s o n a n c e as the key enabler for your profession, develop Human Resonance!” this is how I greeted the distinguished HR leaders from around the world at the Talent Management stream within the prestigious European event “HR Core Lab” in Barcelona, where my speech was highest rated among all other speakers.

And more in Barcelona: I presented for the academic faculty of the renowned IESE Business School, where I have been supporting the IESE-HARVARD-CEIBS Chinese Global CEO programme for many years.
In Barcelona I also delivered my “Passage Through the Fire” lecture for Novartis Pharma European leadership, who invited me again this autom to speak at their leadership meeting in Villach, Austria.

Developing Talents Workshop with top UBS IT professionals in Wolfsberg, Switzerland


MY Innovation: aiming for organizational masterpiece…

“Managers target excellence. For the artist, excellence is only a starting point – artist’s visionary goal is genius”…”only the impossible is truly practical!”
Unlocking imagination with my musical method, in Wuppertal I enabled the synergy of science and art with a leading German engineers association at the VDI Impulsgespraeche event.
During my opening key-note speech at the prestigious Gartner Identity Summit London 2015 I “translated” processes of classical music into the realm of business transformation, helping modern organizations face changes and challenges in disruptive economy.
My Resonance Platform Event Support Model came to life at the “Celebrating Life! Celebrating Soil!” Eosta Event in Amsterdam, as a part of the UN International Year of Soils.
It was an adventurous pleasure to be part of the C-Talks kick-off event, the leading peer-to-peer organization for C-level executives in Switzerland. “Congratulations, I am impressed by your performance, the best I have seen for a long time!” is what one of the guests, CEO of Mövenpick wrote afterwards.

Striving for GENIUS RESULTS with top brand clients…

Working with VP level of Bosch, Fiat and Weidplas leadership, my method of engaging formative forces of different art disciplines proved very helpful for participants generating their own, original solutions. My outreach to insurance industry was highlighted in 2015 with successful support at Baloise.

After helping Portugal’s top brand Portucel Soporcel with generating innovation, the company’s CEO exclaimed at the end: “We appreciate highly your captivating way of customizing your method, this is very helpful for our transformation journey!

One of world’s much in-demand corporate speakers…

In Cancun, Mexico, my popular “Business Sonata” was highly appreciated by the audience, leading global event organizers and industry professionals at the World Meeting Forum 2015.

Pursuing solutions to global financial challenges…

In the forefront of massive European monetary challenge, Hellenic Managers’ Association invited me to be the key-note speaker at the “Manager of The Year” award ceremony in Athens, Greece, encouraging the leadership to find innovative solutions for disruptive economy.

Brreton Woods IV Convocation

My interest in working with global financial institutions over the years recently led me to a very creative session with the global private markets investment management, Partners Group. My musical thinking quite naturally resulted in the question about our global monetary system and I began exploring with my colleagues “the challenging call” of evolving this system from monoculture to “polyphonic” ecosystem.


THE MUSICAL method goes “mainstream” in academic curriculum

I continued introducing musical ideas for interdisciplinary curriculum at St. Gallen Business School and IEDC – Bled School of Management, where i serve as adjunct professor of Arts and Leadership. And during 2015 I gave again a presentation at 1492 Game Changer event in Altausee, Austria, a brilliant idea of Michael Hengl, who is the founder of 1492.//School of Business where I serve on the board of directors.


The next big thing…

Two in-house corporate workshops for two leading corporations in Dubai were the birthplace of INSPIRE DUBAI SOUL Expo 2020 Resonance Platform.

Dedicated to helping communities transform and grow…

As in the past, it have been my passion to actively participate in many special private events, co-creating visionary ideas with colleagues in the business, political, social and cultural scene. My special diplomatic mission as Slovenian Cultural Ambassador evolved over years to a very specific support of Slovenia’s business diplomacy.
‘Events bring people together and when people come together innovation and collaboration happens. Miha led a workshop in London for a number of change makers in the event industry, which created the foundation for an ongoing conversation on how events can transform our world’


If we place TRUST and INNOVATION in the centre of leadership development, then let me share with you what long life experiences have taught me:

No trust can arise if we don’t develop genuine and deep interest in another human being. And there is no real interest possible if our perceptions are dull, if we don’t clear and sharpen our senses to be able to perceive uniquness of every human being! And music is the best way to fine tune and restore our senses and meaning of life  to their glory.

That is why I belive my method of turning great genius musical masterpieces into “safe place” process  of “resonance platform” empowers  leaders to journey the whole cycle – from making sense perception alive, to extending trust and having innovative impact on both levels of sustainable business: on social responsibility AND bottom line!


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Solving leadership dilemmas

Why is the creation of the musical-process resonance-platform environment so helpful for solving leadership dilemmas? Here is the creative polarity: The character of nature and genuine art is abundance and generosity. The pressure of the necessity of turbo economic model is scarcity and greed.  The musical masterpiece inspiration on the raised resonance-platform “unlocks” to executives the access to their own wealth of deep inner re-sources, sparkling with creative and daring solutions!

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Excellence – a Goal for Management

EXCELLENCE is the goal for management. For us artists it is the starting point, we have always been STRIVING for nothing less than GENIUS. Our new challenging inspiration however is: extending formative forces of art to create a safe and vibrant learning environment for LEADERSHIP, to help leaders growing wings for solutions ABOVE unsolvable dilemmas!

Musical strategy: from fragmentation forces of POSITION and OPPOSITION to the raised resonance platform of COMPOSITION!

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DDI: Coffe on the GO with Miha Pogacnik


The renowned classical violinist shows business leaders how art and leadership are intertwined.

Leadership is often described as an art because it lacks the rigor and replicability of a science. But leadership and art actually have a lot in common. That’s the message of Miha Pogačnik, a classical musician and entrepreneur who traded concert hall performances for intense sessions he conducts around the world in which he guides business leaders through the deconstruction and evaluation of great works of classical music. As he takes the leaders inside the piece of music, examining how it is constructed and why it works, he encourages them to draw comparisons to the challenges they face in their everyday roles and their approaches to viewing and solving their business challenges.

Pogačnik, who will be among the featured presenters at the upcoming conference Leadership & Management Forum Europe 2012, spoke with GO about his one-of-a-kind sessions, the universal language of music, and how the terminology of art is prevalent in business.

GO: How did you come to move from your profession as a classical violinist to the work you’re now doing with leaders?

Pogačnik: I realized that the world had changed so much in the late 20th century from the times of the great masters. It was like the world had become like a big factory of musicians, so I stepped out of it. I created a movement where I invited my audiences to travel with me to different areas of the world, as far away as Tibet and across Siberia and Mongolia and Russia.

Through my experimenting, I began to understand that there’s so much art can offer in terms of inspiring human beings when it comes to being a leader. And I saw that the leaders on the top floors of corporations and the leading entrepreneurs needed to discover or rediscover artistic principles in order to see their businesses, their leadership abilities, and their challenges in a different way.

GO: Describe what happens in your sessions.

Pogačnik: I have the participants sit among the players of the symphony orchestra and then I take a great violin concerto, Beethoven or Brahms for instance, and I direct the participants through the development of the masterpiece and the problems the composer had to solve. I engage them in conversation and put them in small groups after they’ve gone through this experience. I seek out their observations and uncover their new ideas.

Because I take people completely into a field they are unfamiliar with, they feel very insecure at first, but when we go deep into the music, suddenly they discover that the challenges and solutions that contributed to the creation of the masterpiece, and the way to interpret those processes, have a lot to do with the challenges they are encountering every day, such as how to work together, how to execute strategy, and so forth.

That’s the fun part of what I do. You introduce people to the issues and potential solutions that are present in a piece of music, then you leave it up to them to be inspired and determine what they should take away and use. As a performer, it’s always surprising to see the connections they make when you’re leaving it up to them and not telling them what to do.

GO: What is the connection between music and leadership?

Pogačnik: An organization is like a great symphony in many ways. When you look at the orchestra it’s so obvious that you have a body of 60, 70, 80 people and they each must be very good in their own right.

But when they play together they share something quite different. In an organization, egos play a big role, but in classical music as soon as the musicians in the orchestra start playing a great masterpiece, egos drop away and don’t disturb the whole process anymore.

GO: Do audiences in different parts of the world react differently to what you are doing?

Pogačnik: I think great classical European music has the potential to touch the human within the human. I was doing a session with a group of students from Africa who did not have many opportunities to come into contact with European classical music. So I did it my way and after five minutes they were saying, “How is it possible we don’t know this music? If we heard it on the radio we would immediately shut it off, but the way you present it, it makes so much sense. We want to know more.” In other words, the framework in which you do something matters. If you can reach across the barriers that are erected between cultures, locations, and all that, and immerse people in experiencing a masterpiece, it doesn’t matter where they’re from. The reaction will be the same.

GO: Is a leader a performer or does a leader need to be more of an engaged and attuned listener?

Pogačnik: Both, of course. But performance is only the finer touch. You see, a leader has to have the capacity to slip into and understand another person’s role.

It’s very difficult to lead from the periphery. Teamwork comes up so often in my sessions because teamwork is on everybody’s mind and you cannot really be a team unless you work together. When a leader pushes the rest of the group and brainwashes them into action and gets them smiling and saying yes, that’s not the same as having a team. A team is about people wanting to work together and that’s something you can really learn by listening to a string quartet. You have four individuals who must work together in a tight and sometimes turbulent relationship, but the music they make together is so glorious because everybody is also an individual.

GO: It seems that centuries ago we used to be better at integrating art with our everyday lives and our business. Does it feel as if we’re starting to move back in that direction?

Pogačnik: You know, so much of the language used in business comes from art. In business they talk about performance all the time; they talk about creativity, orchestration, conducting, and so forth.

It’s like the business world desperately wants to have some association with the world of art. Everybody talks about performance, but they never talk to professional performers, like me, to learn what it’s really about. For example, it’s very interesting that excellence is a word that comes up so often in business. But for us musicians, excellence is nothing. Genius is what matters in art, not excellence. Excellence is just a starting point.


berlin school of creative leadership presents miha pogacnik at Adfest


What does a virtuoso violin player know about creativity? A lot, according to the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, which is presenting an inspirational speaker at ADFEST 2009 that promises to be one of the highlights of the festival line-up.

Miha Pogačnik is a virtuoso violinist and cultural ambassador with an exceptional capacity to use classical music to inspire creative leaders to think beyond traditional boundaries. His presentation will be titled “Passage Through The Fire: A Harmonious Strategy For Uncertain Times”, and is likely to be one of the most unforgettable presentations of the year.

Through his music, Pogacnik brings the concept of ‘Creative Leadership’ to life by exploring the relationships between harmony and tension, success and failure, flow and crisis. In an economic climate of great turbulence, there’s no better time to seek creative inspiration from ‘outside the box’.

Part impassioned classical musical performance, part live improvisational drawing and 100% unbridled energy, Miha is an inspirational master of communication. His presentation is made possible by the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Miha Pogačnik boasts an unusual mix of musical and corporate skills. He is the President and Founder of the Institute for Development of Intercultural Relations through the Arts (IDRIART) and a Board Member of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Since 1998, he has directed the annual Business and Art Conference at Castle Borl, Slovenia and has also addressed the World Business Academy, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and groups at the United Nations.

Miha´s clients also include Ericsson, Royal Dutch Shell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Saatchi & Saatchi, Whirlpool, Skandia Insurance, ABN Amro Bank, Nike and The Body Shop.