If you don’t know what it means… You can’t play it!


Didier Marlier

December 08, 2012

From Disruption to Engagement

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Although it will never be a prerequisite to have an atypical background to be a partner of the Enablers Network (actually we would very much welcome some “Normal people” now;), we have to admit that we seem to attract people whose initial careers did not seem like preparing them for coaching executives, in a supportive and challenging manner, designing ambitious and wide engagement programs or leadership development journeys. But, looking at it closer, our unusual backgrounds and life experience (army, arts, sports, cooking…) in fact have been the best preparation for the work we are all now passionate about.

So here is another of our TED-XBeau-Soleil speakers, Australian born and Paris based, Nick McRoberts. Nick’s original background is into classical music (composer, conductor and musician). “If you don’t know what it means, you can’t play it!” is one of the many worthwhile lessons he took with him, for life, coming from his own masters of music.

I hope you will enjoy this short (12′) clip of his. I learned a lot and was very moved by the short moments of music.

Have a great week all, Didier


  1. Gareth Kucinkas

    I think this was my favourite talk of the whole event. Not to mention that Nicholas is a gentleman, a professional, and very easy to work with.

    • Didier Marlier

      I share your view dear Gareth, it was the speech I liked the most as well. And, having the chance to work with him, Nick fits your description…

  2. Pierre Gauthier

    Wonderful speech, Nick! Both informative and inspirational. Your second teacher’s remarks on how you were training your brain to make the same mistake reminds me of the book “Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle. We can all get better at just about anything, argues Coyle, if we only practice the right way. That is, we must practice doing whatever it is we are learning, just the way we expect to master it someday, even if that means doing it extremely slowly. This way, we build only the muscles and neuronal circuits that we will need. Good job, my friend! Pierre

  3. Ivo Knottnerus

    Didier, Nick,

    What a great video, very inspirational, especially because my wife has been an avid piano player since her childhood and also had a long period of losing her passion. She also re-found it after maybe not playing for 6 years.

    I loved it.



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