Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

Team Trust Building Ideas for 2014

Having access to great team trust building ideas is vital since team trust building is a valuable and necessary component to every successful team’s strategy. Although your team is centered around business, interpersonal relationship building is important. Trust is a foundational element that all high performing teams share and building trust takes time and commitment. It requires open communication and respect, all traits that come with shared experience. In order to build trust you need to allow yourself to rely on other people within your team. When you rely on someone and they come through for you, the seeds of trust are planted. The more you do this the more team performance improves. The best team trust building ideas includeContinue Reading

Team Building Washington DC

During the third week of March we covered a lot of musical territory with our team building programs. I was in London helping a client create songs about the work they do while Tony nominated songwriter, Lauren Lucas, led a team building Washington DC program for us. Along with our always in demand songwriter-facilitator Rusty Tabor, Lauren led the Marriott revenue management team through a fun large group session. Team Building Washington DC Goals This client wanted a highly interactive experience that would energize their team. They needed a program that would enable people to bond and make new relationships. They wanted a take away – something tangible to carry forward… By the time we arrive on site to leadContinue Reading

Ingredients Of The 5 Best Team Building Programs

Can anyone really pick the five best of anything? I don’t believe there is a static ‘top five best team building programs’ list. But I believe there are five very important attributes the best team building programs share. If you choose a program with the best attributes or features, then you’ll get great results. One year you might decide to use music for team building and the next year you might decide to take your team up a mountain. The success of these programs, and your ROI, are determined by who’s facilitating and how well the activity is structured to your team’s needs. 5 Things The Best Team Building Programs Have in Common Disruption: Routine works best when it’s new.Continue Reading

Music Team Building Activities

It’s kinda obvious that our company is all about music team building activities. But my clients often ask me how and why I transitioned from writing hit songs to leading Team Building Through Song®. It’s a great question and the answer is; it was all a happy accident. Much of the world’s best creative output is based on happy accidents. Creative people love to experiment, they love to take chances and they love to go down roads marked, do not enter. While I don’t think of myself as a risk-taker type of personality, I guess the thing with me is that I tend not to let the risks stop me from proceeding. And proceed is just what I did aboutContinue Reading

Time Off To Innovate

The following post was written by Tony nominated songwriter, Lauren Lucas. Lauren is our CRD (chief razzler dazzler). Has your boss ever told you that they’d like to pay you to slow down and take time off every week just for thinking? Mine has. In fact, it caught me so off guard that I actually pushed back and argued that I needed to be working more. Perhaps it should also be noted that I may not be the brightest crayon in the box. Kidbilly Music is a small company, so a small number of people wear a lot of different hats. Our President and founder, Billy Kirsch, likes to refer to our corporate culture as a “Malarkey-archy,” which is aContinue Reading

Team Building London 2014

Talk about visioning. Last fall my team set a goal to bring our team building with music program to Europe in 2014. Next week, Shevy Smith and myself are headed across the pond for a team building London event. There are lots of team building providers in London, so why bring us several thousand miles to lead a program? I asked myself the same question. The answer revolves around story – your story. Team Building London, Why… Your story is unique. Your story is important. Your story is your differentiator, your culture maker and your incubator. The most memorable stories are part fact, part legend, part emotion and part vision. As a songwriter, my job is that of a musicalContinue Reading

Corporate Hierarchy and Malarkyarchy

The first time I met with my new inbound marketing consultants, Digital Firefly Marketing I was immediately struck by something. No unnecessary corporate hierarchy here. When we meet, my project manager and the company president are obviously at ease with each other and this leads to positive interaction and free exchange of creative ideas. This kind of environment puts me at ease and beyond that, stimulates my own creative thinking. Most companies talk about their innovative qualities or their initiatives to become more innovative. But too many companies are just talking the talk. Small companies, like Digital Firefly or my own company, Kidbilly Music, need to be genuinely innovative to thrive. Corporate Hierarchy and Malarky-archy In order to be innovativeContinue Reading

The Best Conference Energizers

Conference energizers are important. They’re not just fluff and they shouldn’t be an afterthought. Choosing the best conference energizers for your programming is vital. If you’re going to dedicate both time and money to any portion of your conference, then it deserves thought and planning. The Best Conference Energizers Iowa State University has a page on the school website about Energizers, Icebreakers & Teambuilders. I think it’s fantastic that this is page worthy on a university website. They describe energizers as activities that re-energize a team that’s dragging. In the corporate environment, a division or a team that’s dragging is a liability. I lead programs at a lot of conferences in which the primary conference objective is to instill anContinue Reading

Our New York Team Building Event

I love writing posts for our news category because I get to share my enthusiasm when I’m fresh off a program. Last week’s New York Team Building event for Unilever IT Business Partners was fun. Additionally, it was productive. It was a positive surprise for everyone who took part. We braved a fierce snow storm and re-arranged flights, allowing flexibility to make sure we didn’t leave New York until we’d written some team building songs! New York Team Building Goals Fun – Fun is not frivolous. Quite to the contrary, fun has value. Picture yourself having fun…in that picture, are you bored? Fun and boredom are antithetical. When we establish fun as a baseline we’re guaranteeing engagement (opposite of boredom).Continue Reading