Every city has a unique musical personality and Chicago is no exception. We’ve worked in Chicago a lot the past couple of years, and I always come prepared to offer up a blues melody to our team building clients. But singing the blues doesn’t have to be a downer. In fact, bringing some grit, some attitude and rhythm to a team building event, not only sets the stage for a great song, it helps groups to loosen up and jump into our program. Great songs tell stories and this process helps teams tell their story through song to re-connect with their mission, refine their message and celebrate the best of what their company does.
Chicago Blues seems to be a great catalyst for musical team building and that’s why we keep connecting with Chicago based organizations like Sunstar Americas, PCMA and conventions at Navy Pier. I’m starting to consider Chicago a second home. In fact we’ve been looking at real estate there and I love hanging out after a client event. So of course as someone who is fairly new to Chicago, I’m always looking for Things To Do In Chicago. That link is a good place to start. A friend of a friend owns the company and they’ll steer you in the right direction – steer me in the right direction too. The more I learn about this city, the more I seem to uncover what I haven’t yet discovered.
But back to Chicago team building. You don’t have to sing the blues, but sometimes singing the blues is a great prescription to cure the blues; yes, I’m sure you see the metaphor coming… Cure your organizational blues, ’cause your company has paid some dues… But seriously, music will enable you to crawl through some of the bad, sing about it, and get to the good. Examine what’s not working for your team, celebrate what is working and envision where your company is headed. See photo below, it’s a lot of fun!