A client called last week and asked me to recommend a great corporate team building activity to follow up on the music team building we did for his company last year. I love repeat customers, but I also sincerely understand the desire to do something different. The most important thing for me is long term relationships and seeing my clients succeed in their goals.
The Pragmatic Dreamer
Many people consider me to be a dreamer and a risk taker. I consider myself to be pragmatic and fairly conservative when it comes to risk. You have to look below my surface to reconcile the outward image with the inward approach.
- Outwardly: I’m a lifelong musician who opted for music studies and making music, rather than college. I’m a hit songwriter who spent years telling stories through music and making a great living at it. I’m a mid-life entrepreneur who got a crazy idea about a great corporate team building activity with music, and created a sustainable business around it.
- Inwardly: I hesitate to make change and take risks so I do lots of research and consider the down side to every decision I make. I arm myself with knowledge and I seek the counsel of those more experienced than myself. I embark on long journeys equipped for the turbulence that will surely come. And I know that no matter how bad any given day is; tomorrow will bring a fresh sunrise. I always act ‘despite my fears’, rather than act to ‘avoid my fears’.
- The Differences Reconciled: My desire to achieve overcomes my fear of failure. I mitigate risk but then I take the risk to achieve a desired goal. In short, I’m setting myself up to succeed.
Team Building as Catalyst
If you’re still reading this, thank you so much. Thanks for assuming my digression above would tie back into my introductory statement about the best corporate team building activities. And I hope to repay your patience now…
…Team Building succeeds only when your goals are aligned with the amount of time you’re willing to commit to the activity. If you view team building as a risk, then you need to mitigate the risk with planning. You need commitment to the follow up that will help you succeed.
A half day team building program can be a wonderful catalyst to change. It can boost engagement and set the tone for better team work, retention and efficiency. But real change requires sustained effort. I offer our team building program as a catalyst to change. So for me, the best corporate team building is provided by folks who know how to encourage, inspire and support your desire to improve your organization’s culture. If you’re willing to have that discussion, then these folks below will be great resources for you.
- Michael Cardus, owner of Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership is a great resource!
- Anne Thornley-Brown of Executive Oasis International is a big picture thinker.
- Jody Lentz, a personal friend, a fantastic coach and the chief instigator of Think With Your Hands.
- The visceral catalyst – the half day of fun that will move you out of the box is Jacob Weiss.
- Did I mention my own work? Let us help you move beyond team building through song by offering a menu of consultants and services to build your team long term.