Patience and Kindness Toward Yourself with Roger Nierenberg—Episode 291 of The Action Catalyst

Roger Nierenberg

American conductor Roger Nierenberg is the creator of The Music Paradigm which has brought him to the podium of The London Philharmonic, The Residentie Orkest, The New Zealand Symphony, The National Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Baltimore. He has collaborated with musicians from more than one hundred orchestras around the world.

Nierenberg enjoyed long tenures as Music Director of both The Jacksonville Symphony (Florida) and the Stamford Symphony (Connecticut). His career began with an auspicious debut at Lincoln Center with the Pro Arte Chorale and subsequent performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah, as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad, he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and has conducted concerts at the Prague Spring Festival with the Czech Radio Orchestra and at the Beijing Festival with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include engagements with the London Mozart Players, Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Scotia Symphony, and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

Nierenberg has conducted operatic performances with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Chautauqua Opera, the American Opera Center at Lincoln Center and opera in concert with the Dallas Opera (with Frederica von Stade) and the Santa Barbara Symphony (with Ms. Von Stade and Thomas Hampson). He has appeared at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Madeira Bach Festival.

The Music Paradigm is a powerful learning experience that uses symphonic music to illuminate compelling insights about people at work. Participants are seated directly amongst the orchestra musicians where they gain fresh understandings about the opportunities and challenges faced by their own organization. Over the past twenty years, Nierenberg has presented to hundreds of different organizations, from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in two dozen different countries.

Show Highlights

  • I don’t have a single mentor, but there are many many people who I’ve learned from. Both musicians and businesspeople —Roger Nierenberg
  • As a conductor, you get a lot of feedback instantaneously, so you see the impact of your leadership in real time, and you have time to contemplate why did that not work or why did that work? —Roger Nierenberg
  • You want people who believe in themselves and have strong ideas, so you have to view big egos as an asset. The challenge is to get them to buy in and understand the big picture. —Roger Nierenberg
  • It’s not about me, it’s about them. I’m an agent in helping businesses collaborate. I help people expand their circle of awareness. —Roger Nierenberg
  • Challenges are an inevitable part of life. It happens to everyone. When it happens, don’t feel like it’s the end of the world, this is part of the process of making something good. —Roger Nierenberg
  • It will likely take time to learn lessons from a setback. Allow yourself that time and the space to be curious. —Roger Nierenberg
  • When something goes wrong, the first thing to ask is “what happened?” The second thing is, “What role did I play?” —Roger Nierenberg
  • I look for opportunities to grow and they’re abundant. I stay alert for that and that’s a good attitude. —Roger Nierenberg
  • If you want to keep mental acuity growing, study a musical instrument. And do it as an adult. —Roger Nierenberg
  • Fill your life with the right people. Locate the people who are bringing you down and eliminate them if you can. —Roger Nierenberg

Roger’s final thoughts: Look at and think about moments when you felt whole, enthusiastic, inspired. Some people have difficulty locating those moments, and if you do, go back further. When you felt free and powerful and stay there a little while in that memory. Then think about what characterized that feeling and is there a thread of that in your life? Go there and trust your inspiration. Your inspiration is an indicator of what you should be doing.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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