CDO DJ: You Haven’t Done Nothin’

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Anyone who knows me well knows I love Stevie Wonder. Attending one of his live concerts is on my bucket list and his album Songs in the Keys of Life makes my list of top ten albums. He has so many songs that the CDO DJ could spin, but one that will make you move and make you think is You Haven’t Done Nothin’ released in 1974. It is a funk song featuring The Jackson 5, hit #1 in the US, and one of the first songs to feature a drum machine. The song was a political statement aimed at President Nixon but it still carries a strong  message today:

We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you’ll do

Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you

But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothing

Think about a leader who makes decisions without listening to her employees. Think about a company that fails to hear its customers. Think about the reasons the last few members left your organization. Ken Blanchard Companies asked 1,400 people the question “What is the biggest mistake leaders make when working with others?” and 81% responded with “failing to listen to others.” A leadership lesson that is often cited (but not always received) is: If you don’t listen to them, I can guarantee you someone else will. 

 Are you listening? If the answer is no, take it from Stevie: you haven’t done nothing!


DJs come in all shapes and sizes: some introduce and play music on radio or Internet stations, others serve as master of ceremonies at events, while others select and mix music at bars, nightclubs, or parties. We invite you to write for Carey the Torch and serve as a CDO DJ. Choose a song and comment on how it reflects career, personal, or academic advice; emulates one of the CDO Core Competencies; or inspires you to do your best work.

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