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.Read More
The CEO comes on to the stage at the annual meeting and starts in on a cryptic introduction—"Today we have something very special in store for you." He's standing at a mic in front of drums, amplifiers—a whole band setup.Read More
Purpose is the big container that can make a difference in everything you do together. Communicate the purpose of the team with your people....Read More
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...Read More
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)...
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...Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
Suddenly, it had a point of view that it didn't have before based on my life experience. As an artist, if you resist your life experiences and try to keep them on the same track then your works seems kind of hollow and shallow to me at the end because I didn't follow the way the work was taking me...Read More
We live in an oscillating universe of infinite possibilities. We are vibrational beings. We resonate. We travel through multi-dimensional entangled filaments of light. We are navigators on a vast ocean energy and sound...Read More
The issue is that they are still approaching the issues from the same perspective, asking the same questions, using the same processes, running the same culture. Even though these problems have been discussed, brainstormed, mulled over, analyzed...Read More
Organizations spend a lot of time, money, and energy getting their people together face-to-face for meetings, conferences, offsites, retreats, summits, boondoggles, trainings, and the like. Although there is a lot more ...Read More
It certainly doesn't feel like fifteen years (15!) has passed since we started Face The Music back in the Spring of 1999. Think about what you were doing then as we approached the dreaded Y2K...
When the crowd sees the leadership team up there at the mics delivering the message they helped create, there is a sudden and profound shift. Demonstrating enthusiasm and energy, communicating a vision, telling what's going on and what we're going to do, taking a risk, and being innovative. This is real-time leadership, and their people get it.Read More
All of this can and does connect to what's happening back on the job. The shared experience of music is a powerful connecting force and it has an impact on the culture of the people that shared it. There is a natural alignment that happens...Read More
The session was great, just what you wanted. But as the room clears out, the question occurs to you: "Now what?" Or, "So what?" We had a great time, but we have some things that we have to work on...Read More
The changes, chaos and disruption that this entails can be painful, and one can hear the existential groan when a change project or a merger is announced. It is also risky—the change might not work.Read More