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If you want to tear down barriers in your organisational hierarchy, consider organising a choir. Gareth Malone, the bloke off The Choir (a show in which he probably organised a choir full of rough inner-street kids whose lives were turned around by singing together), has been doing just this at the NHS and the Royal Mail. He says it “was great to bring together people from different levels, especially in a hierarchical place like a hospital”. Apparently, having surgeons singing alongside porters has had some positive effect on the hierarchy there.
Guru thinks organising a choir is far too risky – what the hell would you sing? Hymns? Obviously you can’t do that. Popular music? That would probably discriminate against old people and people with taste. Basically, you’d have to let everybody sing whatever they wanted and that wouldn’t be a choir at all – it would be people independently singing in the same room. A bit like the Spice Girls.