Lighting drum sets on fire, destroying hotel rooms, urinating on planes… music rock stars don’t have the best reputation, do they? So why is it that the term “rock star” has become synonymous with someone who excels at their job?
After years of studying the qualities and behaviors of successful musicians, I’ve discovered that while rock stars certainly have a few characteristics that wouldn’t go over well in a boardroom, there’s a lot we can learn from their work ethic. Let’s take a look at three reasons you want your employees to be “rock stars.”
They are resourceful and self-reliant.
There are countless stories across every genre of musicians who came from nothing and are now worth millions. From Eminem to Mariah Carey, Shania Twain to Snoop Dogg, and let’s not forget the humble beginnings of Elvis Presley, they bootstrapped their way to success, relying on themselves and their innate abilities to succeed.
The war cry of many businesses is “do more with less,” so it makes sense that hiring people who are resourceful and self-reliant will produce great results.
They are a part of the band.
While the singer is often the “front-man” for a band, a true rock star knows that their band doesn’t just play backup; they provide the support and encouragement needed to reach the big stages. Likewise, in the business world, the manager or star salesperson knows that even when they work alone, they are part of a team. They must rely on their employees, coworkers, and back-office staff to help them reach their goals.
They protect themselves, the company, and their customers.
If you’re a melomaniac (lover of music), you’ve likely heard the tale of Van Halen and the brown M&Ms. The story you’ve heard is that the band demanded a bowl of M&Ms backstage at each show… but there couldn’t be any brown candies. According to the band’s contract, the promoter would forfeit the entire show without a refund if they arrived for the show and found any offensive sweets.
That sounds like some serious diva behavior, right?
David Lee Roth explained in a 2012 interview that the M&M clause was actually a safety precaution. Van Halen had incorporated huge lights into their show, a level of technology that many venues (at the time) could not support. If their candy requirements hadn’t been entertained, there was a good chance their tech requirements weren’t either. This would have put the band and everyone inside the venue in danger.
Find employees who do the right thing and make everyone’s well-being a priority.
Sure, rock stars sometimes display bad behavior on stage and out in the world (don’t we all?). However, there are still many ways that we can look to these titans of music for guidance. Go ahead, hire a rock star.
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