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Carl Stormer

Speaker, trainer, musician | Jazzcode AS

Oslo, Norway

"Control is for Beginners"

Generally thinking:

Business, Work & Strategy
Technology & The Future
Media & Journalism
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design

My tags:

ArtBrand StrategyBusiness DevelopmentCultureEducationEntertainmentEntrepreneurshipEventsMarketingMediaMusicPerformancePhotographyStrategy GeneralTechnologyTravelVisual ArtsWriting

Very good at:
+ Inspire audiences by merging insights from jazz, business and life
+ Train people in how to think about structure, flow and strategic sloppiness
+ Apply strategic thinking from the arts to fields where sports have been the preferred metaphor

About me & my work:

I WONDER: Is a jazz-quartet more efficient today than 50 years ago? Was Edvard Munch more efficient than Rembrandt? Is efficiency even relevant in art? How does psycological safety and mastery influence my ability to listen? How do I best manage attention when faced with complexity where good practices don´t exist? What options must improvisers keep and how does constraints influence art? How can we apply insights from the arts to stimulate innovation and new ways of organizing and competing? Are happiness and grief mutually exclusive?

I INSPIRE. I give talks about the Jazzcode, I teach management consultants how to use structure, and I play jazz and release recordings. After 15 years in the US, I am live in Oslo, Norway, yet get to work with clients everywhere. I have a background in music and business. In my spare time I take pictures, write and teach myself how to draw.

I GIVE TALKS. In my talks and workshops, I play with other musicians to show how we can improvise without scripts. This is relevant way beyond jazz as more and more professions find themselves mired in jazz-like situations for which they are not properly trained. These situations are always different, they often unfold in real-time where you often have to get it "right" the first time and the complexity often leaves you without anything but novel practices. In jazz, efficiency is not about how fast you play, but rather how well you listen and respond.

I TEACH. I have a class for management consultants, analysts and project teams on how good structure can make them better when reading, reflecting and writing. I combine Minto, SQL, practice methods from jazz, prototyping and storytelling. I use small exercises to help you discover new ways to apply excisting skills.

I PLAY DRUMS. I have recorded five CDs in the last nine years. My sixt album, "Always Different" (NOJAC1608) features Mike Mainieri, Bendik Hofseth and was recorded at Rainbow Studios in Oslo. It will be avaIlable in online stores in Sept./Oct. 2016.

I COLLECT ART. Reluctantly, I am a collector of my late mother´s work. She was Norway´s first pop-artist, a recent discovery by curators at the Norwegian National Galleries. She is now being pulled from obscurity. In October 2016, the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo is featuring her in a solo show called, "Sidsel Paaske (1937-1980), On the Verge".

I AM INSPIRED. By my mother and her art. By my teachers, Alan Dawson, Gary Chester, Jon Christensen. By Dave Snowden and his Cynefin framework, John Boyd´s OODA loop, Edvard Tufte, Barbara Minto, George Gopen, by all the greats in jazz i listen to, by musicians I play with, by great photographers, Instagram, and my wife who seems to find something cool in everything ("The nice thing with a stroke is that you keep getting better").

I AM EXPERIENCED. I have spent the last ten years running my own consulting firm, Jazzcode AS. As the CMO for Norwegian airline shuttle I helped IPO the company. I co-founded and built Boston based StudentUniverse.com, a leader in student online travel to profitability (it was aquired by Australian Flight Centre in 2016). I worked for IBM for five years as a manager and management consultant, I spent five years designing databases for the finance industry in New York and spent five years as a professional jazz musician in New York and Oslo, Norway. I trained at New England Conservatory and Columbia University.

I AM HAPPY. I live with my wife Ane and our two daughters. Following a stroke in 2009 we had to change our lives and our definition of happiness. It has been a transformational experience -- not something I wanted, but something that has forced us think about life in a different way and something that has forced us to find happiness without getting rid of grief. We consider ourselves lucky.

My links:

National Galleries exhibition | This is the exhibition at the National Galleries in Oslo featuring work by my late mother, Sidsel Paaske (1937-1980).

Jazzcode Webpage | Our web-page

Video of talk | A recent talk at Business Innovation Factory in Providence, RI.

Control is for Beginners - article | An article in Harvard Business Review about my work. Written by Deb. Scofield.

Music | Recordings with Jazzcode

Training | Description of my class for CxOs, consultants, analysts and project managers

My mother's art | My mother Sidsel Paaske (1937-1980) is an completely uknown artist but will be featured at a solo show at the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art in Oct. 2016.

My Instragram feed | I try to post images here every week. Here I also chronicle the progress of my wife Ane who had a stroke in 2009, using the hashtag #anesstroke

@jazzcode

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