When Team Building Works

Aargh…what’s in a name? Team Building, that tarnished term – that much maligned activity. When it doesn’t work, it’s hard, it’s boring, it’s embarrassing. But, when team building works it’s really fun. It’s worth doing and it can really help pull your team together. If you’re reading this, you most likely need to find a team building activity that is enjoyable in a genuine way. That’s not easy. But like all great things in life, when team building works, the effort you put into finding it pays off. I’m not much on team building in general. I used to be the kid hiding out during annual family picnics, trying to avoid group interaction. And like a lot of professional performers,… Continue Reading

Chicago Team Building With Music

We’ve had lots of fun lately with our Chicago team building with music clients. Since establishing our Chicago team building through song office a couple of years ago, we’ve seen our events in Chicago grow exponentially. There are fantastic venues that inspire a great experience, from Buddy Guy’s Blues Club to the Chicago Recording Company. These great Windy City spots enable us to create really special Chicago team building with music events. Here’s an overview of one program. Chicago Team Building Client Goals A meaningful experience that will bring everyone together, out of the office! Re-motivate the team to focus on their successes and continue with challenges ahead Highlight and better understand this team’s identity and mission. How We Do… Continue Reading

Team Building Activities For Large Teams

Finding effective team building activities for large teams is tricky. No matter what you do, you won’t have the same level of individual engagement with a group of 500 versus a group of five…but you knew that! This doesn’t mean you can’t find great programs for your large group. But you should have realistic goals to find a good match. When clients reach out to me asking about team building activities for large teams, they’re most often looking for a less boring keynote session or a conference icebreaker. I’ve developed a program that goes way beyond less boring. Here at Kidbilly Music, we’ve found a way to deliver interactive, fast paced large group sessions that are not only fun, they’re… Continue Reading

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 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