Objective Creativity

The experience set up a perfect debrief opportunity. We talked about how it feels to be vested in an idea, and how we have to struggle to overcome inertia to change. But we were also able to share the remarkable satisfaction that comes from overcoming that inertia, and remaining objective while being creative.

Hard Rock Hotel and Musical Team Building

It was an aha moment, and I thought to myself, ‘duh’. Why didn’t I think of that? Dianne, the event manager at a recent program I facilitated, introduced me as follows: “When we decided to hold our conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, we realized we had to try and find a musical team building program to go with our Hard Rock musical motif. So we thought…

More Than Just A Song

The songwriting process invites participants to take lots of internal information and give voice to it; filling flip charts with ideas, plastering walls with flip charts and then distilling it all – all the cacophony, clutter and chaos into a clear, succinct, pointed, and yes, catchy communication representing the essence of our client’s work – The Song.

Coffee & Creativity

That’s the mystique and challenge of creating. There are no guarantees, no promise of return on investment, only the hope that we’ll stumble upon something magical, or at least something that works quite well!

Building My Team

Today time certainly seems relative to me. I’m back home and my travels of last week seem like a lifetime ago. Isn’t that always the way it is? So much happens when we’re out of town, it seems like a parallel universe, not quite like the one we’re in when at home in our usual routine. And since I’ve already been facilitating in San Diego and speaking in Las Vegas…

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…

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…

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…

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…