Awesome talks, training and jazz

Two talks in Tallinn:  In two very different talks on April 21 and 22 in Tallinn, the common theme is how professional teams must maximize presence in order to respond sensically to CoCoLive situations – i.e., situations that are simultaneously Complex, Collaborative and Live.  What Co Co Live have in common is that we control neither complexity, collaborators or deadlines.   Traditional management techniques fail us in CoCoLive situations because most management techniques are based on seizing control.  In my talks I will offer alternative models for how to influence in CoCoLive situations.  To relay my models I draw on personal and professional experiences — especially withing live altering crisis and in playing jazz .  In both, the key message is having full control is a mirage.  The alternative is to opt for understanding as a key to exert influence.

April 21st:  Learning from personal stories and a Harvard Business School case.  This talk for the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce,  is without musicians.  Here I will use personal stories to illustrate what we can learn from multiple crisis and how we can apply insight when business and life takes us on an unexpected journey.  In addition to my personal stories, I use a teaching case I wrote for Harvard Business School (with prof. Robert D. Austin) about Miles Davis.  Duration:  approx. two hours with break.

April 22nd:  Learning from jazz:  how to influence outcomes when you are out of control.  In this talk I bring in a team of incredible musicians (some of whom are performing at the ongoing Jazzkaar festival taking place in Tallinn) who have never performed together before.  During the performance we show how the musicial conversation is THE ultimate vehicle to understand business — especially in situations where you don´t have control.  The talk is both educational and inspirational and is relevant for anyone who must lead and foster real-time collaboration among experts in turbulence.  Duration:  Approx. 90 minutes.


Jan Gunnar Hoff, Audun Erlien and Bendik Hofseth performing with Jazzcode


Jazzcode featured in Harvard Business Review named Control is for Beginners.  Written by Deborah Mills-Scofield.  Here is a recent video of Carl Størmer´s talk about jazz, leadership and life:

PS: Check out our latest album, Control is for Beginners on Soundcloud:

Carl Stormer uses jazz and personal stories to illustrate how to improve interaction quality by being present. Applicable for expert teams in turbulence –basically when out of control. Read Harvard Business Review article at

Jazzcode help high-performing leaders and professionals improve their performance by strengthening their ability to manage complex interactions.  We inspire people too by having a strong message and a personal delivery.

We believe that the essential skills for success in the emerging post-industrial economy include mastery of communicating for impact, solving the right problems in the right way, visualizing complexity, making meetings matter, negotiating for value, and other capabilities that capitalize on complex interactions.  When complex conversations are at the core of what you do, we show you how to improve your effectiveness.

We run intensive, action-oriented workshops for small groups of executives, consultants, analysts, and other professionals who succeed best when they transcend conventional command and control mechanisms.

We also offer talks, often combined with live music, coupled with lectures, to highlight leadership lessons derived from jazz performances, in which Carl convenes and explains how a small ensemble of excellent musicians — often playing together for the first time — can create extraordinary, unique musical experiences, seemingly on the fly.

In addition to being an experienced entrepreneur and executive, Carl Størmer is a highly accomplished musician.  Her is his latest recording, Control is for Beginners, released in 2014:

Our clients include some of the world’s most admired organizations, and we are proud to have earned their respect.

Jazzcode was founded by Carl Stormer

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Partial list of Jazzcode´s clients in different sectors including telecom, consulting, financial, NGO´s, pharma, electronics, construction, media, academia, culture and energy

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