Every year at this time, the country gets just a little more nostalgic and sentimental for the past year. Whether you’re remembering your company’s triumphs, enjoying a trip through time in your personal memories or a mix of something in between, there is always a moment of reflection that gets just a little clearer during Thanksgiving. This year, Kidbilly Music is pausing to look back on the past year and give thanks for an amazing bounty of professional successes. Whether you’re just joining us or have been alongside us for some time, we invite you to enjoy our long list of things we are thankful for this year. Music Team Building Is Growing—And We’re A Big Part Of It For… Read more »
Corporate Social Responsibility
Your company team building activity can provide opportunity to include a corporate social responsibility program. In our case, we integrate our music team building with support for the arts, most notably music education in the schools. Following are blog posts that highlight examples of how we’ve delivered successful team building along with meaningful support for arts in the schools. There are also some posts about CSR in general. It’s a win-win as you can engage your team while also engaging in corporate social responsibility and making some real impact.
I honestly believe that every one of our team building events is special in it’s own way. Every client we work with has a unique story and every company song we help create is unique. But once in a while, something comes along that’s extra special. For me that usually revolves around my work with schools. This month I had the opportunity to lead a school team building program at the Johnson School of Excellence. This school was one of the lowest performing schools in Chicago until a few years ago. But now, as part of the Academy for Urban School Leadership and thanks to a passionate, dedicated teaching staff, this school is becoming a vibrant part of the community…. Read more »
Much has been debated about CSR – corporate social responsibility. The debate is not about whether CSR is worthwhile. The debate’s about how it’s handled. Do companies walk the walk or just pay lip service to CSR? CSR team building can help integrate corporate social responsibility into your company culture. If you want to embark on a team building program to help bring the corporate social responsibility concept to life, the first step is to think about your CSR team building goals. CSR Team Building Goals I believe the most important of all CSR team building goals is to provide a program that enables your workforce to experience the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others. Here’s a personal example…. Read more »
Most companies know that giving back to the community is more than just a responsibility, it’s a chance to show that the company and its employees genuinely care about being part of a community. It’s great when you can plan corporate social responsibility team building activities that are really fun. It’s impactful when people are enthused about the activities they’re participating in. Corporate Social Responsibility Ideas Build-a-Bike If you’ve ever considered CSR team building, I’m sure you know about build-a-bike. The program’s been around for some time now. It’s real team building because groups have to work together to build bicycles, requiring communication and utilizing group skill sets to get a job done. It’s great as part of a community… Read more »
CSR Team Building shouldn’t be an obligation. It should be a pleasure. But quite often we find pleasure and self-fulfillment when we take on obligations we may not be initially enthused about. I didn’t want to leave the house the other day, not that I mind getting out! But I was busy being busy, and getting ready for a team building trip to NYC. So I was a little annoyed with myself for over-committing by having agreed to do a local CSR team building program for The First Tee, a non-profit that supports youth nationwide. I drove down to Franklin, TN rushed and bothered, thinking about what time I’d be back at my home office to get back to work…. Read more »
Our Community Giving program is a great way to do some team building and support arts education. We hope you’ll consider this when you’re planning your group’s team building event. Meanwhile, there’s a quick and easy way to help out. We’d like to double our Facebook fans, so for every new person who likes our page until we double, we’ll donate $1.00 to a public high school in need of funding for music and arts. Visit our Facebook page and help us support Community Giving.
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 »
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 »