A Conference For, By And At The
Drum Roll Please
Looking to build dynamic teams? Try
marching to the beat of a different drum -
"We can address problem solving, team building or deal with tension between groups of employees," Bernstein boasts of his Healthy Sounds program.
The typical Healthy Sounds training program lasts about two to three hours and consists of 50 to 400 people. Sessions begin with participants using percussion tools (shakers, bells, tambourines, hand drums, castanets, etc.) to experiment with different rhythms. Giving 400 people free reign with loud musical instruments might seem like a good way to cause friction and dissention among teams (picture that one obnoxious team member standing next to you with a tambourine). But Bernstein puts his faith in the program.
"Employees will say something like 'I
really felt how my rhythm fit in,' " Bernstein
The final part of the training requires participants to create their own piece of music, including lyrics that tie into the program's theme. Don't look for these team building jingles to be burning up the charts any time soon, but they have been music to the ears of Hoechst Marion Roussel and Bayer, two past program participants.
While the program might not be a solution to complicated team issues, it is a good stepping stone into team development.
"My goal is to get people out of their boxes so they can relax and be with others in a different way," Bernstein adds. "It's a definite stress reliever and a bond builder, which contributes to the emotional well-being of the office culture."
So if the ropes course gets to crowded for comfort a set of snare drums may be just the ticket to creating a little team rhythm.