Creative Inspiration

Creative inspiration…zzz…oh, wake me up. Because if I sit around waiting for creative inspiration, I’m likely to fall asleep. If you click the link above, you’ll find a wikipedia article that defines creativity as something new. But that new something is most often an outgrowth of lots of older pre-existing ideas. As a young pianist, I spent much of my time listening to the great pianists I admired, imitating and emulating their styles. As a beginning songwriter, I spent hours upon hours listening to and then dissecting my favorite songs. Creative people spend years assembling their own personal tool boxes. If you’re a visual artist, that toolbox may be filled with your imitation and inspiration from the masters, Picasso, Monet,…Continue Reading

Finding the Best Corporate Team Building Activity

Finding the best corporate team building activity isn’t always easy. In fact, what is ‘best’ has variables that are dependent upon the make up of your team or your company. Additionally, team building has a bad reputation because there are so many uncomfortable, non-productive programs out there. I love this quote from an article about a typical corporate team building activity, “The road to hell is paved with trust falls and good intentions“. When I’m contacted by potential clients, one of the first things I hear is that their team dreads organized team building. That’s a shame because it doesn’t have to be this way. Attributes Of A Good Corporate Team Building Activity Fun – You can’t fake fun. Something…Continue Reading

Importance Of Team Building

When potential clients ask me about the importance of team building, I usually answer with a few questions. What is the importance of corporate culture? Is your workforce engaged? Should you care? Yes, you should care about culture and engagement. Members of high performing teams need to feel that their work is important, that their work contributes to a greater whole and that there’s company vision driving the day-to-day work. When employees believe their work has value – meaning – context, then they’re more likely to feel engaged and more closely connected as part of a team. Recognizing the importance of team building is integral as part of an overall effort to improve culture and engagement. Highlight The Importance of…Continue Reading

Fear Of Public Speaking

A while back I wrote an article on how to be a better public speaker. But after an event I was at last week, it’s occurred to me that for many of us, before we can focus on how to be a better speaker, we may have to conquer our abject fear of public speaking. There’s a great Seinfeld quote that summarizes how deep this fear goes, “According to most studies, people’s No. 1 fear is public speaking. No. 2 is death. Death is No. 2. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy.” Ha, I love that and it holds truth…Continue Reading

Midwest Team Building Activities

By early February, those of us who are not Midwestern natives usually question why we moved here. After digging out of a few snowstorms, and remembering the warm places we used to live, the Midwest winters can seem overwhelming. But despite the cold, there is something wonderful and alluring about Midwestern life. Even the large Midwestern cities have small town sensibilities. There’s a laid back attitude and friendliness that’s woven into Midwest culture and I love that. Perhaps Midwest team building activities should reflect some of this culture. The ethos of Midwest team building activities Be real, stay grounded, do something relatable. Those are the kind of qualities my clients look for when they’re planning midwest team building activities. It’s…Continue Reading

How To Build A Successful Team

Have you ever done a google search for, how to build a successful team? I have and the results are endless. Most articles tend to follow similar themes; being aware of how you work and making sure to delegate. Most leaders want to develop a high performing team, but are not sure how to do just that. Here are some thoughts and steps you can take to better understand how to build a successful team. Start With Questions Why is each person here? If you were to look around at the people in your office would you be able to say each person’s name and explain what they do? If not, you might need to add that to your list…Continue Reading

The Best 2015 Team Building Activity

The search for the best 2015 team building activity may require a few more minutes than you’d hoped. But spending extra time searching for the best program will be well worth it. When you find a good fit for your company, your investment in team building will be rewarded. To kick-start your search, check out this great resource. Below, I’ve outlined what you should keep in mind as you look for the best 2015 team building activity for your crew. The Best 2015 Team Building Activity There is no single end-all, be-all ‘best’ program to choose from since in the real world, best is subjective. So start with the steps below to narrow down your search to a few ‘bests’……Continue Reading

Corporate Team Building 2015

Last year we began the New Year with February on sale. It was a great success so we’re doing it again. I know you’re looking for great ideas for corporate team building 2015 and we want to help. Book a Team Building Through Song® program for your February event and we’ll take 10% off our regular fees. AND, after your company event, we’ll treat you to a personal songwriting session via Skype with one of our hit songwriters! If you’re stuck planning your company’s team building this year, we’ll make you look like a hero with your team. Then you can hang out with a hit songwriter for a personal coaching session. Corporate Team Building 2015 We like to get…Continue Reading

Creative Icebreakers and Energizers

We’re tired of the same ole thing…yawn We’re looking for creative icebreakers and energizers… Everyone’s on their smartphones the entire time… Agreed, me too. I’m tired of the dread I feel when I have to attend a conference, praying I won’t be too bored by the speaker. At corporate conferences, every aspect of an agenda is vital since valuable time and resources are spent to help an organization achieve it’s goals. Agendas are packed with presentations that run the gamut from showcasing new strategic plans to parsing through old data. It’s easy for your workforce to succumb to date overload, boredom or fatigue during a corporate conference. And that’s the last thing you want. Given that context, creative icebreakers and…Continue Reading

Team Building Ideas for 2015

I’ve seen a large uptick lately for requests for team building ideas for 2015. It may surprise you, but corporations like to jump start the new year with resolutions and renewed goals, much like we do in our personal lives. One of the concerns I hear from perspective clients is about the need to re-energize and inspire their workforce for the year ahead. I love the fact that more and more companies are recognizing the need to focus on employee engagement and enthusiasm, as a part of their overall strategy. If you’re looking for great team building ideas for 2015, focus on a program that will motivate and engage everyone on your team. Finding a great fit can be a…Continue Reading