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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…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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…

Fun Team Building

As soon as I saw the thumbnail from this video I knew I had to write a blog around the image. Title: Fun team building. What else could it be?!? And how well the picture and video below communicate the intense fun had by all at our recent program for the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University. As part of orientation, Owen staff thought it would be a natural to welcome students to Music City by having them make music themselves. Table groups broke into teams, with each team creating lyrics to a well-known melody. With twelve teams working separately, yet sharing the same ballroom, spontaneous laughter broke out from all corners and the energy level intensified as…

Chicago Corporate Events

I’ve been in Chicago about a year and I continue to be so impressed by the depth and breadth of great venues at which to hold Chicago Corporate Events. Mixing, mingling and learning at the zoo, the planetarium, the fantastic public library and out-of-the-box creative event spaces sets the stage for successful meetings. I’ve evolved from a …can’t drag me out of the house… attitude to a …woah, what’s this one gonna be like?… enthusiasm. Here’s a list of reasons why I’m loving the many great choices for Chicago corporate events. Creative, Conducive, Collaborative Three great words that describe the way you’ll feel when you plan an event at Catalyst Ranch. I attended a conference here several years ago and…

What Is Team Building

What is team building? And why does that question generate so much discussion and disagreement? Does team building have to be formal and sequential to qualify? Are you team building if you simply spend time away from the office with your team, be it on the golf course or at a restaurant? Lots of questions here, and I don’t believe there’s a narrow or static answer for any of them. It’s worth taking time to understand the different facets of what is team building. Then you can align your organization’s goals with a kind of team building that will work for you. This Thing Called Team Building In a strict sense, team building happens over time and goes through different…

How To Improve Communication Skills

Helping groups understand how to improve communication skills is an integral part of the work we do at Kidbilly Music. Everyone’s personal style of communicating is different and reflects who they are. But even when there are many different styles within a company or a team, there’s always opportunity to create a culture for better communication to improve quality of work-life, trust and efficiency. Efficiency isn’t a fun sounding word, but as a life long creative given to easily digressing off topic, I can tell you that efficiency in communication can be a real time saver and help you stay focused. It’s as important as quality of life and trust within your working group. My Top 3 Tips Good communicators…