Team Building – Is it a joke?

“Team Building”? That’s a joke. Sorry Ms. Sanders, seniors aren’t coming to school tomorrow.”
One of the best tweets I’ve seen all year, and then I proceeded to follow the twitter stream as a group of high school students chatted about why they weren’t going to take part in the senior team building day. Guess what? We encounter the same resistance from adults, constantly. I get it! Before I fell into this life of musical team building I was one of those people who would run from organized group activities. I am, after all, a musician. Tell me to turn left and I’ll turn right, it’s in my nature. My passion for team building grew from skepticism to reluctance to participation to passion. Why? Because what we do works.

There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a seemingly disparate group of reluctant employees enter our activity against their will and watching the positive energy unfold and take over. Everyone, yes everyone, has a story to tell. And everyone has a musical experience in their lives they relate to. All we do is help break down the barriers to communicating your shared story, using music as a vehicle. I love doing this for one simple reason – because you love doing this with us. I bet if Ms. Sanders had told her group of high school seniors they’d be writing their own songs, more of them would have gone to school that day. And they’d be tweeting a different tune.

You'll Be Glad You Showed Up

Billy Kirsch

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