Motivational Team Building Activities That Actually Work

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 by in Blog, Team Building

  Motivational team building activities shouldn’t be so hard to find… but they are. How many times have you planned what promised to be a great program but then you find yourself sitting in the back row, smiling at the facilitator’s catchy sound bites in between inconspicuously checking your email on your device by holding it low behind the seat in front of you. How many times have you left a program wondering what happened to all of the time, talent and resources you spent to inspire? Where are the results? Too often I speak with leaders looking for a team building program who have been let down before. The truth is, nobody really likes the idea of having to… Read more »

The Best Ways To Boost Employee Engagement

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 by in Blog, Employee Engagement

  Are you a company looking for a few effective ways to boost employee engagement? What about creating a friendly office culture that makes employees excited about coming to work everyday? I have some suggestions for you. But before we dig into effective ways to boost employee engagement, I’d like to take you back in time to high school so you can see a bit of what not to do. No wait, let’s go back to middle school. That’s a bit more rebellious and interesting. Come to class with me. If I remember correctly, there were rows of chairs. Textbooks were opened and casually laid out on the desks. Students were sitting in various positions. Some slouched, others crossed their legs. I… Read more »

Quick Team Building Activities That Engage And Unite

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 by in Blog, Team Building

  Just the mention of the word team building can bring a sweat to the brow of any business owner or company manager. Team activities are often dreaded in the workplace by both leaders and employees. Often, they’re mandated by leadership or HR yet they follow an antiquated, by-the-book rationale that fails miserably to engage and unite. In addition to resistance based on less than stellar associations with team building, limited agenda time can be an obstacle to planning a program. The goods news is, there are many fun and productive quick team building activities you can employ, to not only increase enjoyment in the moment, but to ensure the outcomes stay with your group for the long haul. Making your team… Read more »

Fun Ideas For Team Building During Dinner

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 by in Blog, Team Building

Many teams find it difficult to make time for bonding and building trust. A work group that acquires shared trust will perform better, so working on team dynamics is vital. But unfortunately, most people’s agendas are jam packed and while team building is important, it often gets pushed aside. With this in mind, I’m no longer surprised when I hear from clients wanting to know if I have any great ideas for team building during dinner. Whether it’s a local event for your group or part of your annual convention, dinner is always on the agenda. The good news is you can get two things done at once by taking part in team building during dinner. Why Put Team Building… Read more »

Corporate Event Ideas

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 by in Blog, Corporate Events

It’s not easy to continually come up with great corporate event ideas. Whether you’re a professional meeting planner or someone within a company who has been tasked with gathering ideas for your next corporate event, it can be a challenge to find programs that seem fresh and that will appeal to your attendees. The search for new programming is somewhat of a creative process. To find new ideas, you need to be creative! So as an expert on creativity and how to use it, I thought I’d share my thoughts in order to help you successfully search for those great corporate event ideas. I’ll also include some specifics about programs that I’m fond of. How To Find What You’re Looking… Read more »

A Guide To Chicago Team Building Programs

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

  Every city has a unique personality that influences what it offers to both visitors and it’s local workforce. When we opened our office for Chicago team building programs back in 2013, I was convinced that bringing musical programming to the Windy City would be a good fit. It has been a good fit and our Chicago crew has grown steadily along with our client base. I’ve also met other Chicago team building facilitators who do great work, offering everything from trapeze programs to sailing, improv and more. Here’s a guide to some of my favorites. Team Building Favorites Singing the blues and more – Chicago has a rich and dynamic music tradition. It’s the home for urban blues, jazz, and it’s… Read more »

4 Team Building Activities Using Music

Posted: Oct 30, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

I stumbled onto on article on about team building activities using music and it made me realize I haven’t yet shared my own ideas and recommendations. Below are team building activities using music that I really like. There are several great activities outside the realm of the programming my company offers. Some of these are do it yourself ideas. Others require bringing in outside musicians with team building expertise. DIY Team Building Activities Using Music Do it yourself ideas are always great because you’re in control of when and where. They are activities you can do whenever you want, without the expenditure of having to bring in experts like me! One simple thing you can do as an icebreaker activity is… Read more »

A Guide to Nashville Team Building Activities

Posted: Sep 13, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

  So much has changed since I first wrote this guide to Nashville team building activities back in 2011. So I’m updating it now in order to share what’s new (fall 2017). Nashville, a/k/a Music City, has grown by leaps and bounds. While music based programs will always be cornerstone for Music City, we now have options for almost any time of team program you can think of. But that being said, I think it’s valuable to try and match a city’s personality with the type of program you choose. For example, if you’re in Los Angeles you might want a movie making team experience. In Colorado you might lean toward white water rafting. So it’s apropos to consider exercising… Read more »

Return On Inspiration – The New ROI

Posted: Sep 3, 2017 by in Blog, Creativity

Is return on inspiration really a thing? Yes, it’s a powerful thing. It’s a way of re-framing how you think about ROI. Chasing return on inspiration will help you create a more innovative culture within your team and within your company. If you learn about ROInspiration® and take time to integrate this into your work life you’ll see tangible return – the kind you can eventually quantify. I’d Never Heard Of ROI I’ve been a full time musician, pianist and songwriter since I was nineteen years old. I was in my mid-forties before I first heard the term ROI. It wasn’t until I began bringing my interactive musical programs to corporate events that I was confronted with this question from… Read more »

Tips and Advice for Creating Fun Team Building Parties

Posted: Aug 15, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

  Who doesn’t love a party? Well, actually some people say they don’t like parties. But in reality, everyone likes parties that they like. Sound like a riddle? If you’re at a party that’s fun for you; if you’re at a place or with a crowd you feel comfortable with, then you’ll have a good time. So yes, you do like parties. You just have to be at the right kind of party for you. Team building parties are the same way. They can be good, bad, happy or sad. Team building parties can make you feel isolated or out of your element. Or they can give you confidence and help you feel a better sense of belonging and camaraderie…. Read more »