Mastering Chaos®

A Leadership Workshop

Employing The Principles of Rod Paton’s Lifemusic®


Musical leadership is leading 'in the moment', guiding multiple strands of simultaneous activities. Leadership doesn't get more complex than this.


Musicians must lead themselves and their 'team', i.e. their band or orchestra, in a variety of different styles to suit the piece.


The leadership style must 'fit', relate to what is happening now, with a sense of what's coming towards them, hopefully leading to the best outcome.


Use the wrong 'style' of musical leadership and 'it just doesn't happen.'

Being a leader isn't easy at the best of times... 

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Rod & Andrew's Lifemusic® programme “Mastering Chaos®” is a one-day workshop designed to help you develop awareness of different styles of leadership, recognising where these different styles of leadership apply, and practicing enhanced group facilitation skills. An unusual feature of this leadership programme is that it is based on different styles of musical leadership.

Life can be chaotic and complicated. When you are in the thick of things you aren’t going to necessarily reach for the text book. Factors such as worker seniority, the business process being performed and the complexity of relevant tasks all play an important role in what leadership style to adopt for any given situation. 

Outside of the field of music, many people have a preferred leadership style they use as a matter of default. This can make switching between styles challenging. It can also be difficult to gauge what style is most suitable for certain circumstances, holding up decision-making processes.


What’s needed is an ‘instant’ means of recognising what kind of situation you might be facing and be able almost intuitively to apply an appropriate style and do it naturally. You are only going to be able to do this if it’s simple and it has been practised. If it isn’t simple and straightforward it will be hard to remember. If the style has been practised then applying the chosen approach will feel natural especially if initially the leadership style feels outside your comfort zone.

As a leader how much do you 'hold up' or even 'block' your team's creative potential by adopting an unhelpful leadership style?


And do you even know that you are...?


Mastering Chaos allows you to explore how allowing apparent chaos frequently permits healthy, productive and creative community.

Who is the workshop for?


The skills presented will be of value to people working in a variety of professions especially where organising teams and balancing different facets of behaviour are relevant.


These could include (but are not limited to):


  • Sales Teams

  • Marketing Teams

  • Telesales Teams

  • Local Government Teams

  • Civil Service Teams

  • Military Teams (Agile Mission Groups)

  • Website Development Teams (where a large enough group of them work together)

  • School/College Leadership Teams

  • Boards of Directors

  • Health and Social Care managers


So what this means is that during the course of this workshop you will:

  1. Develop an awareness of the limits of your own personal preferred leadership style.

  2. Understand the four musical leadership styles and their applications beyond the field of music.

  3. Understand the significance of Participative & Emergent Leadership styles.

  4. Immerse yourself in Directed & Free Improvisation

  5. Develop a natural awareness of how and when to apply new Leadership Skills to your own life & work.

  6. Make Music & Have Fun!

Most leadership training programmes quite naturally focus upon the management of core processes and the people involved.  Initial leadership courses will often focus on establishing your authority and your ability to direct.


You might also come to realise that some of your influence comes from a natural charisma.  We often model ourselves from people we know, our parents, TV personalities, politicians and teachers. The most prevalent models are Authoritarian (teachers, parents) and /or Charismatic (TV personalities, politicians).

Mastering Chaos focuses on Participative & Emergent Leadership Styles and offers you an opportunity to develop these skills of leadership in a creative, experiential manner.

It is important to note however that whilst these leadership skills apply directly to such things as product design and ‘blue sky’ thinking they also apply at times within the more restrictive domains of “Command & Control” & “Targets & Goals”. Indeed these more well understood styles can be brought to life by the introduction of more sophisticated leadership techniques of the kind advocated in this workshop.

Mastering Chaos offers you the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Work confidently with the unexpected

  • Respond ‘rationally’ to the ‘irrational’

  • Make good choices in difficult situations

  • Develop and deepen intuition both as an individual and part of a group

  • Learn how to process and work with the unforeseen

  • Make sense of the unfamiliar  

  • Discover how individuals can be heard, valued and respected in the group dynamic 

  • Learn the value of ‘mistakes’ and how they can be accepted and worked with as potentially interesting material

  • Develop and encourage reciprocity (give-and-take) between individuals in a group situation

  • Learn how to make brilliance possible without the burden of 'always having to get it right'

  • Deepen and extend the experience of listening and hearing

  • Learn about yourself and others without language

  • Work with paradox and contradiction

  • Enhance and deepen positive group and individual intention

  • Creatively handle conflicting ideas

  • Discover new meanings for individuality in a group setting

  • Develop creativity and learn how to encourage it