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The Game
Clear communication and active listening
A common rhythm
Revolving leadership
Innovating together
Flexibility and improvisation
Passionate connection with content
Listening to each other
A deep and intimate connection with customers

These are some of the elements that great musical groups and great corporate work teams share. With the Music of Teams team building and speaking topic, you’ll make the link between music and the effective team, transforming your people into musicians of their work.

Together we use the metaphor of music to transform how you approach work and life. Different music techniques will be put into action immediately that can be transferred to work life. Music of Teams has people joining together to create music and ignites important discussions that link the vitality of music to the good work you do every day. The primary focus of Music of Teams is to ignite team and individual success using the powerful metaphor that music provides. Designed by Quixote Consulting founder Rob Fletcher (author of Blues Harmonica for Beginners), the Music of Teams music speaking and team building activity addresses the following themes:

Connecting with Your Audience
“Are we not formed, as notes of music are, for one another, though dissimilar?” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Make a more direct link with the purpose of your work – your customers. Great musicians form an emotional bond with their audiences and bring them to a better place. Great companies form a bond with their customers to make their lives better. Examine your customers and how to forge a strong bond with them and let the power of that drive your work.

Finding Your Personal and Team Rhythm
“I got rhythm, I got music…who could ask for anything more?” – George and Ira Gershwin

Each one of us has a rhythm that is unique to us. Each of us has times in the day that are more productive than others. And there are the necessary rests, just like music. Move outside of that and there is tension and loss of productivity and efficiency. Map out what each individual’s peak productivity rhythm is and form a map for the perfect team rhythm.

Play the Work
“It’s a free, free world…play the game, everybody play the game.” – Queen

Musicians play music, they don’t work music. Years of persistence are needed to master music. It’s not an easy life. There has to be an element of joy, of delight, of passion present over the years for such a long-term commitment. Uncover methods that link play with the persistence needed to get the team’s work done over time.

Communication and Listening
“Communicate, never, never hesitate.” – Pete Townshend

Great musicians get inspired by the other musicians they are playing with. They listen and adjust, feed off what the other person is playing. They have ‘big ears’ for listening and respond well. There is call and response, give and take, open and clear dialogue on stage. Clearer and stronger communication is on every team’s wish list. Make the link of listening to the music of the other people on the team and the music of what the customers are saying.

Playing Together
“Like four pistons in an engine…all working together to make the car go.” – McCoy Tyner (on playing in the John Coltrane Quartet

“Come together right now.” – Beatles

Musicians come together to play a common song – in a band, in orchestras. Even though there are different individual needs, skills and desires, the most important thing while playing music is that there is clear role definition, a common goal and that everyone is on board, in the moment and all working for that common goal. Cast your upcoming project or your customers as the song to be played and map out how to play that song together in an incredible band performance.

Change Flexibility and Improvisation
“Ch-ch-changes…just gonna have to be a different man.” – David Bowie

When change happens, we have a fresh start. We’re beginners again. The same thing happens when we learn a new musical skill or song. Everyone’s a beginner and that really helps to break down barriers within groups, especially when they are on very different levels on the org chart. Musicians are adept at improvising in the moment within a set structure. Find out how to apply these principles to adapt and improvise when projects, teams, roles, and everything else that changes every day at work changes.

Your Brain on Music
“As a tool for arousing feelings and emotions, music is better than language.” – Daniel J. Levitin (Author of This Is Your Brain on Music)

“Let the music take your mind.” – Kool and the Gang

Brain research has revealed a number of enhancing effects that music has. For one, our brains link up with each other when we play music. Daniel Goleman talks of this phenomenon in his landmark book Social Intelligence. Other studies have shown that music enhances how we think, reason, and create.

Don’t Stop Believing
“Don’t stop believing, hold on to the feeling.” – Journey

Learned optimism is a concept in positive psychology that says that any positive trait (such as joy) can be learned, practiced and attained. Much of how well we do at something is based on our ‘self-talk’ – what we say to ourselves about our ability to do something. Peak athletes use this concept to visualize their performance before an important event.

Learning to play music is the same as beginning a challenging project, with all of its interest, excitement and overwhelm. We use music as a playground to explore what kind of self-talk we tell ourselves when working on a new challenge – do we tell ourselves we’re no good or do we stick with it and stay in the game?

Which of these topic points are right for your team? Whatever we choose together, leveraging people’s passion for music can ignite your team’s passion and uncover the unique gifts and strengths that your people have to offer. Bring the universal power of music to life in your team. Find a common rhythm, communicate from the heart and create something fresh and unforgettable. It’s time to hear the music of your team.

This program includes a debrief of team performance around communication and working together, led by a trained facilitator. The debrief can be customized for your group goals.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

Program Length
2-4 hours. The program can also be part of a full day of teambuilding or incorporated into a day or multi-day program using work-style assessments such as MBTI and Strengthsfinder.

Space Requirements
There are no minimum space requirements. Music of Teams can be a speaking topic or team building activity

Take Homes, Extras
A wealth of writing on the above subjects by music team building expert Rob Fletcher as well as the latest research on music, the brain and teams.

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