WT* is Team Building?

The term “team building” gets thrown around a lot in organizations, and means a lot of different things to different people.  It runs the spectrum from a boss bringing in pizza for her group to a long-term, focused development program that has the intention of developing a high-functioning, high-performance team. 

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Recreating Your World

The structure and relationships of the parts determine how the system expresses itself, and sometimes small, leveraged changes can make large impacts on the dynamics and results. Here are a few modalities practitioners experiment with that can support the transformational process.

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How to Make One Giant Team, and What's Your Story?

Let's say you're head of a division (or section, unit, department, functional area, tribe, clan, regiment, battalion, company, platoon, etc). You're looking for high-functioning alignment—effective, efficient work flow, communications, adaptation, full use of resources.

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Labors of Love, and "'Sup With Social Media?"

It has come to our attention through observation and interactions with human systems that there is a certain polarized paradigm circulating about that merits our attention perhaps. It has to do with a distinction between work and fun/enjoyment/creativity/personal time.

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Your Business Q's Answered, and--the Secret Underpinnings of FTM Impact!

We'll get together and have some fun writing songs, right? It's a perception that many have when they hear about Face The Music's offerings. But out regular clients know that there is a lot going on, and an opportunity to make a big impact in what their organization is looking to achieve. You've got security clearance, so here we go...

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Renewal: It's Just Like Starting Over...

At Face The Music we see great opportunity and relevance in the role we play in supporting our clients to take on their challenges, and in serving our mission to help build a better working world. Our programs bring music, fun, spirit, and energy into organizations. They are designed to help these organizations develop new approaches and behaviors to take on issues...

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The Glass Ceiling: Breaking on Through to the Other Side

Design included presentations on shared terminology and background, role play skits dramatizing different types of unconscious bias, group discussions, songs that illustrate the themes, songwriting about the participants' "bias blues", debrief of experiential activities to get insights into the organizational system as it pertains to the subject, and planning to make decisions on what actions to take going forward.

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Rockin' Winston Churchill and on to the UN

Engaging and Re-Igniting Our Global Workforce Through Sustainable Economic and Talent Development

Pursuant to that, the 15 or so participants and their BPI hosts were to spend some time at the United Nations on the Monday following the Sunday opening meeting at the Waldorf.

About the meeting from BPI founder and CEO Louis Carter (see article 2)...

 

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The Purpose of Purpose--Bach Sculpting and Helicopters

In B. Kliban's cartoon, "Bach Sculpting", we see Johan Sebastian Bach awkwardly crafting his lumpy-dumpy statuette while his piano sits unused in the background. I've felt my own version of Bach Sculpting many times on the job as I'm working some task where I know there are many people that have the skills to do this better, more efficiently and expertly than I will ever be able to do this...

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Rapping Around the Business Blues

Jamming is collaboratively improvising music that is fun, innovative, in-the-moment, feeds to and from each of the participants, and has an underlying structure that everyone doing it understands. What would it be like if everyone on your team at work was jamming together? How would it feel? What kind of results would you be getting?

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On the Road in Nashville with Face The Music (Kero-whackian)

I first came to Nashville after bouncing back and forth to California the month before. Calif had just helped me get over the late Winter Catskill funk that I won't bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with wind, snow, cold, and the feeling that everything was dead. With the coming of the Nashville trip, it was still cold...

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Hear from the Client, Hear from the Band

Some intense organizational work! So why did they decide to take 3 hours of their day to write and perform songs with Face The Music? The lead designer and facilitator explains, "It's one thing to talk about communicating differently, taking risks, challenge, and uncertainty; we wanted something that brings that conversation to life in real time.

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The Evolution of Awareness

Music-based experiential learning can be a powerful and time-efficient tool for delivering meaningful, integrated, and impactful training and change projects. It gives participants the opportunity to create their own meaning and ownership to what is presented by the leadership and program designers. And it creates space for--Mojo…

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