Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

Innovation Management

The practice of creativity and innovation management should be closely linked. But too often they’re not. Too often, organizations create innovation management teams but they don’t empower them with the culture, freedom or confidence to engage in creative play, to experiment and fail. I recently spoke with a client who said his team was hampered by the proof they had to submit, before even engaging in new product ideation. As a life long hit songwriter and pianist I’m always aware that for every success I have, there will be many more ideas discarded. Companies need to keep that in mind too! Create a Culture for Innovation Management Failure – Failure is a great thing. It means your team is trying… Continue Reading

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Why should you step out of your comfort zone? After all, there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable. But usually, to innovate, to change or to grow you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone. Even for creative types like me, it’s not always easy to try something new. It involves risk and triggers fear of failure. Innovative companies know that part of innovating is experimentation. In order to be a truly innovative organization you should have a company culture that supports experimentation, play, open discussion and using trial and error, without judging the error to harshly. When I work with clients to help them harness their creative abilities, I share a concept I call ROInspiration®. It’s a way of… Continue Reading

2015 Nashville Team Building Programs

As May draws to a close, we’ve just about recovered from some recent and fun 2015 Nashville team building programs. Nashville remains a hot destination for conferences and we’re glad to be able to bring our music team building to visiting groups. We usually help companies or associations create songs about the work they do, but a couple of weeks ago, we worked with a tour group of RV owners…a bit different for us. We took advantage of an opportunity unique to Nashville team building programs – we held the event at the famed Oceanway recording studio. As you might imagine, each of the four teams we worked with came up with colorful lyrics about life on the road and… Continue Reading

Our Team Building Chicago Program

Our team building Chicago program last week at the Renaissance Chicago downtown was really memorable, and in a good way! We led a group of 125 attorneys from across the globe through our music team building program. This international group was comprised of people who spoke many different languages, brought together by an alliance of services they offer in human resource law. I love when we have the opportunity to work with global companies because we get to prove the power of music as a universal language. Music is a great leveler, allowing people of different seniority and different experience to work as peers. And sometimes hierarchy gets stood on it’s head, as junior team members with musical experience get… Continue Reading

2015 Chicago Team Building Activities

It’s already May, so I’m a little late with this post about 2015 Chicago team building activities. But it’s taken a while to thaw out after the cold winter. Now that spring is in the air, there’s no place like the Windy City to get together with your team. Chicago is really unique. It’s got lots of charm, lots of culture, great energy and diversity. And yet Chicago is accessible in a Midwest sort of way. It’s an easy city to visit and an easy city in which to live and work. Regardless of where you hold a team building event, there’s an important foundational requirement for a success program. And that’s to make sure that whatever you do, it’s… Continue Reading

Elite Teams and the Value of Team Building

Below is a guest post from Lawrence Polsky, Co-Founder of Teams Of Distinction. Conventional wisdom holds that weak teams are the ideal candidates for team building exercises and programs. But paradoxically, it is actually exceptional teams that may benefit the most from this. How can that be? Why Elite Teams Reject Team Building, But Are Its Best Candidates Think of two groups of golfers. One is composed of beginners and the other of experts. They each get a training session. The former will learn some of the basics but the latter have the real opportunity to achieve a real breakthrough. They don’t have to dwell on the basics. The best players are focused on small adjustments to their game –… Continue Reading

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

Team Building Detroit

Music and the Motor City go hand in hand. So it’s a natural fit when we get to facilitate our team building Detroit program. We recently led the sales team for our client, Logicalis, through an interactive musical program that included two hundred and fifty people sharing ideas to create a song about the work they do. Here’s how it works. Our Client’s Goals Provide an activity that enables everyone to interact and have fun together Utilize the talents of our client’s musical employees Reinforce the conference theme of transformation There’s real value in taking time to have fun as a team. It boosts a sense of belonging and increases engagement. At our team building Detroit event, everyone in the… Continue Reading