Community Giving & Team Building

I’d been thinking about ways of tying our musical team building programs in with corporate social responsibility, for about a year. I hadn’t come up with a program that served both purposes honorably, and so I kept putting this on the back burner. But recently a client asked me to design an event incorporating their commitment to giving back to the community. I was impressed with this company’s sincere desire to tie-in a team building program with giving back. Their passion for this inspired me to find a way. I took inspiration from the fact that our Nashville team building programs are a part of the greater ‘Music City’ community and also that I’m currently PTO co-president for Nashville School… Read more »

Get A Coach

The conversation went something like this, “You should find a consultant in Nashville since you’re based in Nashville. That way you can met with him/her easily and have a local connection”. That advice from my friend wasn’t crazy, but it seemed limiting to me in the age of Skype, email, web 2.0 and all the other great communication tools I may be forgetting to remember. So I cast a nationwide net – looking for someone to help me with strategic planning, marketing and social media. After a month of planning and interviewing I decided to work with Jessica Levin of Seven Degrees Communications. Jessica’s based in New Jersey, and the distance between her and Nashville hasn’t been a detriment in… Read more »

Team Building and Hierarchy

I often tell prospective clients one of the benefits of our team building program is that it breaks down established hierarchy and enables co-workers, employees at different levels, and participants from the C-suite to interact on equal footing, without inhibition. I often see a CEO getting a gentle ribbing as a group crafts a lyric about policy or behavior and I often see real results as the interaction enables everyone to gain better insight into reasons behind certain policies or behavior. Understanding something sure makes it easier to implement. There’s a great article here about team building hierarchy, effectiveness and trust, is drinking beer good for teambuilding? While this is not meant to endorse beer drinking as a method of… Read more »

Something New

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I haven’t made one in quite some time. I recently asked a friend of mine, whose wisdom I respect, what he does. He told me he doesn’t make resolutions either, but he assigns himself a task. Every year he sets out to learn something new. So rather than resolving to change an existing habit, he’s setting out to create a new experience, ensuring that he’ll experience the excitement that comes with learning and growth. My son, Julian, is taking AP US History this year. I decided to get a copy of the text book for myself and read it along with Julian, to help him study for tests. Well it’s midway… Read more »

Enter Our Contest – You Can Have Us For A Song

Enter to win a free musical team building program for your group. This is our full program including the fun, value, learning and ROI that accompanies all our events. Tell your story, write a song, create a lasting take-away, enhance team communication and inspire innovation. Please answer the following questions to create a compelling reason for your team to win a free program. Or submit any reasons or explanations you’d like to. Dream a little, be creative, submit a video if you want to. Why do you want to do a team building program? Are there any specific reasons your group needs to do some team building? Do you have any objectives and goals? What do you hope to take… Read more »

Waxing Melancholy

And by waxing melancholy, I don’t mean getting my old car waxed. Although if an old car has poignant memories for you, you could wax melancholy. I’m thinking about my dog Martha. Martha passed away this week. She was fourteen years old and had been the best family pet anyone could ever want. Losing Martha put me in a melancholy place and brought back fourteen years of memories; not just of Martha, but of the life we’ve lived. Seeing two toddlers turn into teens, navigating love, friendships and professional changes along the way. We were never supposed to adopt Martha. My wife, Julie, had been to the animal shelter with our two children and they fell in love with Martha… Read more »

Getting To The Good Stuff

Many years ago I was in the car, headed to a show, with my piano teacher, Lou Stein. Lou had an illustrious career as a jazz pianist, having played with the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, recorded with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker to name a few. Lou mentioned that he could remember five nights on the bandstand – five special standout performances in which everything clicked, the energy was perfect and magic was made. At the time that knocked me out; as a young up and coming pianist I imagined almost every night on the bandstand would be magical, (once I got to the bandstand). Years later, I realized that was a teachable moment and that Lou… Read more »

Recent Team Building Through Song

NORANDA ALUMINUM shared one hundred of their top management with us, including their CFO & CEO. My cheeks hurt after laughing for about an hour straight. Along the way everyone learned more about their colleagues, their company and themselves. LEADERSHIP RUTHERFORD County kicked off their year long leadership training with Team Building Through Song. Thanks for trusting us to break the ice! WE’RE IN THE NEWS and we’re so happy. We were awarded “Brand Champion” during August from the Nashville CVB. AND WE’RE FEATURED  just below country legend George Jones in an article about Nashville in Prevue magazine. I hope you’ll visit us at to find out more about creativity, innovation and living with enthusiasm.

When Cookies Mean Cookies

I FOLLOW my daughter on Twitter now. And the other day she tweeted the following: #cookies. That was the entire tweet. My mind immediately went through the strategic process a business person’s mind would go – Hmm, I thought to myself… what’s the angle, what’s the strategy? How can this get my daughter more followers or help her promote her message? What does she mean and what does she want? So I replied via twitter and I asked her, “What’s the significance of your tweet, #cookies?” She replied, “I was just eating a cookie! Hee”. WOW – That knocked me out, she was just eating a cookie, no strategy, no plan, no goals, just a cookie. Now, imagine if you were… Read more »