by Paul Kwiecinski
Like our song title goes, "Everythings OK...and theres work to do." Weve all been dealt the
cards we have, and its time to play them each day as we go to work. A great thing is that we can pick some new cards to add to our
hand through our creativity, intention, and attention we bring to our work.
In 2011, Face The Music helped many organizations do their work in different ways, adding energy,
insight, and inspiration to the deck. Below are a few synopses of some of our work from last year that include who our client was, what
their meeting was about, our role in it, and what ideas you can think about using to up the game at your workplace.
Event: Accenture, Changing the Face of the Practice, Miami
Objectives: Examine how to improve retention and promotion of women in the business by examining how unconscious
biases were hindering progress.
FTM role: Blues interactive songwriting, acting in skits, debrief of songs and process to gain insights into the
topic at hand, write custom songs, coach leadership team to write and perform a song about their goals and intention
Summary of how it went: "Incredible!! That is how I will summarize The Face the Music experience in
Miami. Everyone, from Steve [CEO] on down had a lot of positive feedback on how this segment of the Workshop helped set the stage for
the difficult discussion." Pedro Suriel, Inclusion Director, Accenture
What client got: A lot of fun and excitement, insight and truth telling about the issues they wanted to address, a
forum to do their work that kept them engaged and in action, clear direction and actions moving forward.
What you can use: Look at the work you need to accomplish in your team, department, or organization. Define and
devise ways to approach the work that facilitate a new dialog in a new way. Arts based methods are a great way to reframedrawing or
collage, ad lib or skit writing, drumming together to align rhythmically. Use the new framework to have the discussions needed, even if they
are tough (or especially if they are).
Event: Cytec, Andes Leadership Expedition, Norwalk, CT
Objectives: Train high-potential leaders in their personal leadership, and to lead as a team in an organizational
context, form bonds that will facilitate cross-company collaboration
FTM role: Interactive songwriting workshop, class production of music video to end session
Summary of how it went: At least some of the international group seemed a bit reluctant in the beginning, but the
first session ended on a high note including an unscheduled dance party after.
What client got: "It was a great energizer for the group and enormous catalyst to create the necessary strong
bonds in the network of the trainees.We were so pleased with both days and the great outcomes!" Pieter De Maeght, Leadership
Development Consultant, Cytec
What you can use: Put experiential learning into your training and development programs. It will accelerate the
learning, help with retention, and engage the participants to contribute in big ways.
Event: Hewlett-Packard, EMEA Sales Client Team Meeting, Las Vegas
Objectives: Training and inspiring the 850-person sales team without boring them to tears with PowerPoint and pep
FTM role: House band for the day, custom songs, help cross-function team to write and perform a song to close the
day, "street" musicians on the breaks, PK does "Viva Las Vegas"
Summary of how it went: Participants feedback for the day was glowing. The energy and surprises from the bandstand
kept it fresh. They especially loved seeing their peers onstage delivering the finale song.
What client got:" Thanks for the fantastic job you did for us at the EMEA kickoff in Las Vegas – you made our
event really special and we all enjoyed meeting and working with you and your awesome band." Karen Rizzello, Strategic Initiatives
What you can use: Planning a big meeting? Put yourself in the participants chair. How can you make that
experience meaningful and refreshing? Change learning modalities, surprise and delight them, get them involved, give them a chance to take a
Each event and gathering presents its own possibilities to be an exceptional gift to those
attending. Providing them with an opportunity to give and contribute is a big key. If we can help, give us a callwe love this