Driving Innovative Thinking Through the Framework of Songwriting

Cliff has a rare ability to bring business principles to life by connecting them to fundamental, human emotions.
His workshops help teams think differently about goals and cut through common business jargon to focus on what really matters.

Kim Christfort
(National Managing Director, Deloitte Greenhouse)


Shortly after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in political science, Cliff made the decision to pursue his passion. Songwriting. The subsequent 25 years have brought a #1 song on the jazz charts, GRAMMY recognition, a performance on the Grand Ole Opry and frequent collaborations with artists including Ke$ha, Keb’ Mo’, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Lisa Loeb. Cliff teaches songwriting for organizations including The Stanford Jazz Workshop and LinkedIn Learning and has spoken about songwriting for TEDx.

Cliff’s songwriting workshops are designed to help executive teams problem solve and increase productivity. At Cliff’s request, neuroscientist and NY Times bestselling author, Daniel Levitin, has explained the science behind why these workshops are effective in this executive summary.

Most recently, Cliff’s work with Deloitte was covered by the Houston Chronicle.

The Workshop

  • Begins with a 15 minute presentation/performance highlighting the similarities between effective songwriting technique and corporate communication/collaboration.
  • Participants are provided with a primer on the rules of songwriting and metaphor.
  • Small teams of participants are then tasked with writing a verse and chorus of a song based on a metaphor derived from the client’s goal for the session.
  • Cliff takes the written verse/chorus provided by each songwriting team and puts them to music for a final performance/presentation.


Additional Details

  • Each workshop is customized according to the client’s goals/message
  • The workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes


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