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Do You Have a Mandolin Mentality?

Do You Have a Mandolin Mentality?

by Frank Roche on July 30, 2010

in Communication, Creativity

We got a mandolin at our shop. There’s Steph strumming away. You can see the smile on her face — the mandolin is a happy instrument.

Here’s what’s cool about it: When the mandolin arrived, everyone tried it out. We have lots of musical instruments here – but the mandolin is the first one that everyone’s taken a shot at. Why?

Do You Have a Mandolin Mentality?
“It’s because it sounds like a toy,” said Sarah when we were talking about peoples’ willingness to make mandolin music.

You see, no matter whether you know three chords or three hundred, the mandolin sounds pretty cool. It sounds happy. You can strum it and it sounds like music. People can play. (Heck, Steph wrote a little song about five minutes after we took the instrument out of its case.) And there’s no worry about doing it wrong.

So…what’s your “mandolin” at work? Is there something that people can do that makes everyone happy? That you’re willing to let people mess around with and have no judgment about it?

Here’s an icebreaker idea for you: Buy a mandolin. Get each person in your next training class to write and strum a little ditty. They’ll do it and they’ll remember. Yeah, “two truths and a lie” is dead. The word I think of rhymes with “ditty.”

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