Jazz is improvisation. The best harmony does not come from chords, but from the freedom of expression of the musicians, with their favourite instruments: "The secret lies in the ability to overcome difficulties together, including disagreements". During a scientific mission, Chiara explains, you win and fail together as a team.
“The first time I arrived in Antarctica I was 29 years old, very young and very excited. Despite knowing everything about the South Pole, getting there and finding myself in such a huge natural space, it was a totally overwhelming experience.” The engineer Chiara Montanari, was the first Italian woman to lead an expedition on a scientific mission to Antarctica. Her experience at the edge of the world taught her a lesson we all can draw on.
“During an expedition I like to think that we are a sort of jazz musicians - says Chiara - We do a lot of preparation beforehand and then we carry out our projects at the Antarctica’s pace. We need to manage situations in real time.”
Like in music, success comes from recognising and valuing the unique characteristics of each member of the group. Diversity is an opportunity for innovation, creativity and growth. Managing differences and inclusion is an ever-evolving process that needs to be constantly cared for and nurtured, with an approach that is never linear.