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Carl Størmer (pronounced "Sturmer") offers talks (in Norwegian and English) about innovation, leadership, team work, crisis-management and entrepreneurship (with and without live music), offers a class in how to improve thinking, communication and organization in teams by using the Pyramid Principle, and plays jazz (most recent CD). Contact for inquries. Client list. Customer testimonials. Documentary. (les på norsk)
About his class: "I started working in 1968 and cannot remember having had a better instructor, except maybe during my year at IMD." - class participant from banking industry.
About his talks: "His presentation blew us away. Both inspiring and insightful. He combines extreme intelligence, deep insight and experience as a business person, musician and human being with humor, emotions and great music. Instantly relevant for my job as a leader of knowledge workers." - presentation participant from the healthcare industry.
On this page you can learn more about Carl´s offerings (provided in English or Norwegian), both focused on helping teams enhance their interaction quality. The JazzCode applies the professional codes of jazz to team work. Our Prepare, Produce, Present class helps professionals improve their ability to understand, structure and communicate complex issues (partly based on the Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto). The JazzCode builds awareness and excitement in small and large groups across industries. The Prepare Produce Present class builds high-impact skills and shared methodology in professional teams such as consultants, analysts and executives.
"The JazzMethod training was the most useful training I have attended. I am really fascinated of the content, the way of being trained and the expertise of the trainer." participant about the Prepare, Produce, Present class.
Our offerings combine insight with fun, and help teams enhance interaction quality through a shared, rigorous methodology.
- The JazzCode offerings consists of two talks with or without live music, a case study and facilitated workshops. All sessions are led by Carl Stormer, an award winning speaker, experienced entrepreneur, jazz drummer and principal and founder of JazzCode. The first talk shows what jazz can teach us about team work. The second talk, JazzCode 2.0, takes the subject one step further and is an offering to audiences already familiar with the JazzCode. Facilitated workshops are tailored for each client´s unique needs. Contact us for quotes.
- Prepare, Produce, Present consists of a modular class (one or two days) which teaches teams a shared method to analyze, structure, and communicate complex issues based on the Pyramid Principle. Fee: Per participant fee or fixed fee depending on volume etc.
Past and present clients include both business (McKinsey, Kraft, Oracle, IBM, Telenor, KPMG, DnB NOR, Statoil, Novartis, Statnett, PwC and others), academia (Insead, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Institut for Företaksledning) and culture (Molde Int. Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Riksteateret, Music Export Norway).
The JazzCode - talks with our without music. Here, jazz is used as a learning tool to inspire and increase the presence of knowledge workers in highly dynamic contexts where success hinges on the team´s ability to interact in the moment:
- JazzCode Talk (30-45 minutes). In a highly inspiring talk - Carl Stormer shows how the principles used by professional jazz musicians to ensure successful improvisations are relevant for expert teams who must perform on short notice and under time pressure. Stormer uses overheads and musical examples and can adjust the message to the context. The talk can use references to the case co-written for Harvard Business School. The JazzCode Talk works equally well to inspire, inform and energize small groups (ala dinner speach) or as a formal keynote for a large audience (JazzCode has done it for as few as ten and as many as 2000 people with great success). The talk can be adjusted to focus on innovation, team-work, sales, values, strategy, life-work balance, CSR, learning organizations, complexity, crisis management or as a purely inspirational talk.
- JazzCode Talk + live music (60-90 minutes). This is the same talk as the one described above, but the talk is combined with live music featuring leading jazz-musicians hired locally. Ideal for small and large groups (10 to 1000 people) where the purpose is to bring people together and focus on improved team work. For this session we can also bring up someone from the company to play a song. Additional live music fee: Add NOK 15.000/USD 2.500(in metropolitan areas). Requires technical production (light, sound) which can be supplied by a 3rd party or by JazzCode in Norway. (Rider)
- JazzCode 2.0 - how to create presence in teams. This talk (it can also be done as a interactive workshop), is intended for audiences and groups who have already experienced prior session with JazzCode. In the 2.0 session, Stormer will get into actionable details of how professional teams can enhance their presence in the moment. Using his own model, Stormer shows how a person or team´s mental capacity must be balanced between listening and contribution. We must listen to others to understand how we can create value. At the same time we must feel safe enough to figure out what and how we can add to enhance and move an interaction forward. The simple model has been been used as a tool with numerous groups and focuses on increasing simplification, skills, trust and engagement. Can be done with or without musicians. Time and fee: as 1 and 2 above.
- JazzCode Interactive: A teaching case about Miles Davis, written for Harvard Business School to increase the awareness of leadership and innovation issues in creative teams. This 90-minute workshop works for groups up to 60 participants facilitated by mr. Stormer. It works great in combination with JazzCode Talk + music for clients wanting to build a program around the concept of agility, teamwork or innovation (see Harvard Business School description).
- JazzCode workshop for top and executive management teams facilitated by mr. Stormer. Based on careful preparation with the client sponsor, we can facilitate group discussion with breakouts exploring issues of presence in the moment, trust, engagement, skills and simplification (testimonial, clients). Works excellent with other JazzCode sessions as a full lunch-to-lunch off-site offering for a small teams such as top-management, BU management or board meeting. References available.
The JazzMethod: Learn how to Prepare Produce and Present (description English/Norwegian). This one or two day/three module class, teaches expert teams how to think better and communicate their thinking for maximum impact. This is not a presentation training, but much more about how to think better with others -- much based on Barbara Minto´s Pyramid Principle. (Past and present clients include PwC, Carlisle Consulting Group, Statnett, Statoil, Fokus Bank, London Business School/IBM Global Services, McCann World Group, Econ Pöyry, Dnb NOR Bank, Pannon Hungary, Statlig Senter for Økonomistring (SSØ) and others).
Other pertinent links describing the JazzCode:
- JazzCode customer video testimonials and a partial list of clients (including Oracle, Krafts Food, McKinsey, CapGemini, KPMG, Manpower, Insead's Advanced Management Programme, London Business School Executive Programme, Statoil-Hydro, Telenor, Schibsted, Norges Bank (Norwegian Federal Reserve Bank), DnBNor Bank, Norsk Hydro, Solstrand AFF and the Norwegian Business School).
- A case written by prof. Rob Austin and Carl Stormer and published by Harvard Business School Publishing about Jazz, innovation, simplification and the JazzCode. (Interview with Austin and Stormer from HBS´s Working Knowledge)
- An outsider's point of view. Read a management consultant describing the JazzCode to the CEO of a public company. Business guru/professor description.
- An article summarizing the JazzCode principles
- Program, bio information, head shots and logo
- Video and music to download.
- JazzCode´s music recorded for children - Codes for Kids (a cool gift to bring home to your kids after having been away from your family).
- A JazzCode documentary featuring Rob Scheps, Cameron Brown, Carl Stormer, Jamie Reynolds and McKinsey director, Tore Myrholt
- Past musicians who have worked with the JazzCode
- A very personal story about change, risk and improvisation involving my children (written as part of a writing program at Harvard).
- Artwork by Sidsel H. Paaske used in our presentations.
- Technical rider for clients