This article was published in AsiaOne.com on 5 February 2015.
SINGAPORE - OCBC Bank's Group CEO, Samuel Tsien, played conductor to the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra for a day thanks to a unique leadership programme known as Sounds of Leadership.
Mr Tsien was one of the 30 members of OCBC's senior management who attended the programme last month. The participants also included senior management from the bank's overseas branches and subsidiaries, Bank of Singapore, Great Eastern Holdings and OCBC Wing Hang Bank.
OCBC is the first local bank to undergo the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra programme, which is meant to provide a new perspective to leadership and teamwork by drawing a link between music and business. The session places emphasis on collaboration, communication and innovation to achieve high performance in a dynamic team.
During the session, OCBC's senior management were seated among the musicians who played string, woodwind and brass instruments. MFO's Associate Conductor Ian Woodward, who is also an affiliate professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, used real-time analogy to illustrate the importance of collaboration and communication to achieve high-performance results in a dynamic team.
A few members of senior management also had the opportunity to wield the baton, demonstrating their different capabilities and leadership styles while conducting the orchestra. The programme ended with the OCBC team performing a chorus accompanied by the orchestra.
To date, a total of 110 senior leaders from OCBC Bank have undergone the training programme with the orchestra.