Sadly, the Australian music industry has just lost a giant with the death of Michael Gudinski. Not often do we see such giants in our midst. Indeed, what an amazing story of purpose meeting passion; and what an exemple of leadership delivering amazing results.
In 1972 at the age of 20 a man, whose passion was music, decided it would be a good idea to start a record label. So Gudinski and partners launched Mushroom Records in 1972.
In fact, reflecting his vision for his business, the first record was more than ambitious: A lavishly packaged three-record set of live recording, Sunbury ’73! Following that launch rocket, the company built a worldwide reputation in its industry. And the passion remained to the end during the Covid lockdown.
Building Business And Engaging relationships
Now, Michael’s legacy will live on through his family and the enormously successful Mushroom Group – an enduring embodiment of decades of purpose, passion and determination from an incredible man. Michael often referred to his 200+ staff as “the Mushroom Family”, with many having clocked decades in his employment. Clearly that word and that loyalty reflect a very effective leadership that enabled the Mushroom group to become the largest independent music and entertainment company in Australia.
Musician Paul Kelly offers a great summary of Gudinski’s leadership when talking about him as
A great inspiration and mentor to many. Passionate, enthusiastic, loyal fierce and like all true pioneers, a little bit mad. He lived for music and all the people that worked in it.
No doubt that Gudinski was a leader.
And in many people’s eyes he was a towering figure on the Australian Cultural landscape.
Leaders do have a significant influence on a culture. This is the reason why I enjoy working with leaders helping them to work out how they can best impact and influence others.
Additionally, I believe it is important for people in senior management roles to regularly check how others see their trust building and interpersonal flexibility. Would it not be good to know if people don’t trust you or that they find you close minded? Could you risk just ending up surrounded by disengaged people who have left their brains in the car park!
Gudinski knew that trust was critical to having an impact on others. Evidently he was a master at it. Building engaging relationships was natural to him.
Extending Skills To Turn Purpose And Passion Into Success
These skills are not out of reach for us all. Like Gudinski, provided we are passionate about making a difference, being open to feedback as to how others see you, there’s no stopping you from making music in your own business.
Gudinski will be remembered for his passion, determination and ability to help musicians be the best they could be. But, how would you like to be remembered? And are you on track?
If your answer does not satisfy you, let’s review where your dream stands. And let’s find the road to your vision.
So get in touch with Wayne Dyson (0402 300999)