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The Performance Perspectives Blog: BI Lessons in an Olympic Theme Song
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  user_adoption business_intelligence bi_champion
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Alan Frew says he wanted his lyrics to “I Believe,” the official song of the 2010 games, to evoke the power of collective spirit and the lonely life of of the athlete. Call me crazy, but those first few lines sound awfully similar to many clients’ experiences rolling out a new deployment:
There comes a moment / When my heart must stand alone
On this lonely path I've chosen / Like a house that's not home
With old habits, management fiefdoms and the fear of the new often working against them, it’s not uncommon for many clients to feel frustrated, isolated and alone.
If you’re in this situation now, there’s a lesson in story of the song itself: Protect what you value. Find the right partner. Keep the end goal in mind.
The English version, sung by Montreal’s Nikki Yanofsky, became the top download in the Canadian iTunes store less than two weeks after its release. But as the Globe and Mail's James Bradshaw writes, its journey to become the official theme song was considerably longer.
“I Believe” was written by Toronto composer Stephan Moccio, whose resumé also includes hits for Celine Dion. Moccio wrote the tune in 2006 with the dream that it would become the Olympic theme song. So important was this dream to him that for years the tune existed only in his head and on 12 seconds of tape. It wasn't until 2008 when, over dinner, he mentioned the song and his dream to Frew. It took Frew three more dinners before Moccio relented and played Frew a slow version on a piano. From there, Frew presented the song to his friend Keith Pelley, who happened to be the president of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Cosortium. This led to an audtion and the song’s eventual selection. Over the last 14 months Moccio's composed dozens of variations, including the French version by Quebec singer Annie Villeneuve.
Now let's look at the chorus:
Sometimes when I feel I've had enough / And I feel like giving up
You will let me be all I can be / Now nothing can stop me
I believe in the power that comes / From a world brought together as one
I believe together we'll fly
I believe in the power of you and I
Moccio had an idea he knew was a winner. And he protected it until he could find the right partner to make his dream come true.
You may know your idea will be equally big. And you may be equally ambitious for your deployment. But it can stall, or even fail outright without the right partner to help your vision take hold. Will you keep it a secret, or find the right partner?