Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

Team Building Ideas for 2015

I’ve seen a large uptick lately for requests for team building ideas for 2015. It may surprise you, but corporations like to jump start the new year with resolutions and renewed goals, much like we do in our personal lives. One of the concerns I hear from perspective clients is about the need to re-energize and inspire their workforce for the year ahead. I love the fact that more and more companies are recognizing the need to focus on employee engagement and enthusiasm, as a part of their overall strategy. If you’re looking for great team building ideas for 2015, focus on a program that will motivate and engage everyone on your team. Finding a great fit can be a…Continue Reading

Music Team Building in Baltimore

Baltimore is in our event rotation. It’s a destination city with a wonderful downtown waterfront harbor area that attracts corporate meetings and conventions. I always enjoy the opportunity to lead our music team building Baltimore programs and to spend time in that great city. So I was excited when Sodexo asked us to work with their Offer Development team in November. Team Building Client Goals The Sodexo Offer Development group wanted to find an interactive icebreaker program that would speak to the challenges required of a team focused on creativity and innovation. They wanted to provide an experience that would help a newly formed team bond in a short period of time, keeping everyone together, yet providing plenty of interaction.…Continue Reading

How To Be More Creative

Let’s demystify what may seem like a difficult challenge, how to be more creative. First demystification; creativity is not a thing, as in person, place or thing (noun). If my mom’s reading this, and she usually does read my blog posts, then I’m already in trouble. Because technically, ‘creativity’ is a noun. But if you think of being creative as a given thing that you either possess or lack, then you’ll doom yourself to creative failure. We’re all inherently creative and we all have the ability to get better at using our creative powers. Don’t tell yourself you’re just not creative. That would be a lie and it’s not fun to lie to yourself. Read on and get some tips…Continue Reading

Scary Team Building

It’s Halloween so I thought I’d talk about the monster that is scary team building. It’s real and it’s out there all year, not just on Halloween. I love this article with 10 horrifying team building experiences. These scary team building ideas make me laugh, mostly because I can’t believe someone actually planned them for their team. You wouldn’t be laughing if you had to partake in team building like this, but these cautionary tales are entertaining. I often hear from prospective clients that the don’t like team building, and they’re skeptical that the experience can be either fun or valuable. I guess this guy below was in charge of their previous team building programs. Scary, intimidating, uncomfortable; It doesn’t…Continue Reading

Music Team Building Indianapolis

Songwriter Rusty Tabor drove north from Nashville, I drove south from Chicago, and we met for our music team building Indianapolis program to work with eighty supply chain leaders from Cummins. arCapa, a business leadership consulting and coaching company based in Indianapolis, brought us in as part of a day-long session with this corporate group from Cummins. The event was held at IvyTech Community College. They have a great facility with conference and event space. Our Client’s Goals Reinforce and create cohesiveness Have fun and re-energize the team Explore and define mission and message Whether it’s music team building Indianapolis, or in other locations, our first step is to align our program with our client’s goals. Cummins wanted to provide…Continue Reading

How To Be Successful In The Music Industry

If you’ve found this post you’re probably wondering how to be successful in the music industry. I hope you’re not looking for a magic formula; there isn’t one. Oddly enough, or not so oddly, tips for success in music are very similar to tips for success at anything. So it seems right to start with common sense tips that apply universally. And then I’ll share some of what I’ve gleaned after a few decades of success as a pianist and hit songwriter. Okay; this joke is so old I shouldn’t share it. But it’s so right that it needs to live on so here it is, just in case you haven’t already seen this one. A tourist stopped a passerby…Continue Reading

5 Tips On How To Build Teamwork

Do you know how to build teamwork? Have you worked on building teamwork with varying degrees of success? The answer to both of those questions is probably yes. Most of us have experience building teamwork and have met with both success and failure. I believe the quest to discover how to build teamwork should be viewed as ongoing and constantly evolving. That being said, there are some great foundational tips you can use to create a high functioning team. A work team should be put together strategically; like a sports team in that each individual should have a role that compliments and does not duplicate the other team members. Every team needs a mission in order to excel, to foster…Continue Reading

Music Team Building In Chicago

Every once in a while something happens that’s every bit as good as we imagine it will be. Our music team building Chicago event at Buddy Guy’s Legends in early October was that every once in a while event. Our client, LabAnswer, wanted to make music, they wanted to sing the blues and they wanted it authentic, down and dirty. Their list of wants was a musical challenge I couldn’t refuse. Our team of hit songwriters knows something about the blues, especially hit songwriter Tony Haselden who has a Grammy nomination for traditional blues album. And with an eye to using Chicago talent, I turned to John Paris to put together a stellar rhythm section to anchor our program. Music…Continue Reading

Music Team Building in Nashville

Talk about good press. Nashville’s been featured as the It City in 2014 in so many publications. And our music team building Nashville programs have doubled this year. I like to brag about our worldwide footprint and how we travel the globe delivering our team building programs, but it’s been really nice to have so many opportunities this year to make music in Music City! We’ve recently led programs for Piedmont Natural Gas, Owen Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the community based Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. Upcoming are programs for PeerNet, National Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators. Yes, will will be able to rhyme Otolaryngology with something!…Continue Reading

Successful Team Building Strategies

Just when I begin to think I’m an expert at successful team building strategies, I’ll facilitate a program that reminds me how much I still have to learn. When that happens I’m reminded that I learn more from my failures than from my successes. Failure creates wonderful opportunity to reflect, to strategize and to envision a better future. Conflict, much like failure, can be embraced as a call to action; as an imperative to move forward and evolve as a team. I recently facilitated a team building program in which my usually successful team building strategies fell short. This particular group had enough creative conflict to fill more than our allotted session time and I wasn’t prepared for that. While that…Continue Reading