ORGANIZATIONAL INTERVENTION & MUSIC

Organizational Intervention & Music

 

                    

 

in the general presentation of the agency there is mentioned a connection between our HR services and music, which is reflected in some of our services which came under the organizational interventions which are in fact practical workshops where we use music, and more exactly music instruments like: 

  • chromatic accordion
  • piano (keyboards)
  • percussion and also
  • participants’ voice, which is a instrument one carries with himself/ herself permanently

Through these musical activities we introduce metaphors for a easier, more accessible and tangible understanding of concepts and ideas, processes, emotional states etc – which are related to the discussed topic targeted in our events. Then we identify and debate on connections between the exercises and the daily life at work and in personal settings.

In these workshops we integrate music and learning through music metaphor with other with the help of methods such as appreciative inquiry, social learning and experiential learning. 

The main goal of using these methods targets for the participants to benefit from practical and personal learning, participation, interaction, socialization which are expected to create impact in areas such as group cohesion, a better communication between participants (even after the event), deepening self awareness and increasing self acceptance, even considering the interpersonal differences in a constructive manner. 

Here are the workshops we organize:

  • Developing a healthy self-esteem
  • Boosting team cohesion

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Developing a healthy self-esteem 

The problem

Each if us had been and will be through moments when the manner we appear and behave, the confidence we display and which the others perceive – can change the course of our life toward better, or conversely, toward a direction we don’t like.

Sometimes we can experiment strong feelings of fear, incapacity, shame, shyness etc., which prevent us from showing ourselves in our best light, and this makes us feel heaviness, stressed, wanting to avoid such contexts. Thus, we may fail to do things or to discover and use our real potential.

These may be situations like:

  • an employment interview
  • exposure in front of camera
  • making a presentation in front of an audience
  • advocating our position in a dispute
  • managing a delicate conversation or one we fear to have
  • fear to perform in an artistic performance.

Many of us understand the decisive role the self confidence may play in situations like the ones listed above, and many of us read books and / or articles on self-confidence topic, hoping for self-help. Often it is very difficult to achieve a higher confidence alone or just by reading. The most powerful resource is practical exercising, a workout to develop and convey a feeling of self-confidence (without the risk of dropping the line toward arrogance or desperate behaviors).

Solutions

In order to better understand the multiple aspects that influence the self-esteem (for instance to feel confident versus to behave with confidence) and to exercise through experiential learning (including music and musical metaphor) we have designed a workshop for those who need and want to surpass this type of barrier.

Goals

  • To understand the concept of self-esteem (through a variety of theories, experiments, concepts like shame, fear, presence, paraverbal)
  • To understand what we wrongly consider to be self-confidence when in fact there is masked vulnerability and fear
  • To create a controlled context for real time feedback to learn and self-regulate
  • Development / consolidation of abilities such as self-control
  • and courage to confront situations where we feel doubtful
  • To design a simple and powerful tailored plan for each participant to use in daily life in order to thing and behave more confidently and to achieve better results in interaction with the others

Type of activities

  • Discuss and analyze situations and experiences from the life of the participants
  • Self-reflection exercises
  • Role plays, stress removing exercises
  • Exercises with the support of music, music instruments and voice
  • Social learning through sharing through solutions and ideas sharing

Workshop setup

Options:

  • Workshop with music
  • Workshop without music

This workshop is not a replacement for possible therapy for more serious issues that involve a low self-esteem / confidence, such as there may be the case in severe depression and other complex situations.  We consider the participants to represent a normal population sample and organizes the activity based in this premise.

We follow a minimum of 50 % focus on practical exercises and experiential learning

  • A session takes 3-4 hours (considering the participants availability)
  • A workshop can consist of 1 to 4 sessions, based on the desired / needed depth level
  • The meetings are in offline setting (indoor or outdoor)
  • Number of participants: 6-12

Boosting team cohesion

The problem

  • Do you encounter hardship regarding teams stability and / or team members involvement in their team activities toward organizational goals?
  • Do you think that many people are leaving the organization or specific teams for some reasons and the phenomenon became or can become alarming and disturbing?
  • Or maybe people stay in company (for reasons you don’t know or can’t explain) but they do not show involvement and do not perform at expected levels or to their potential?

The situations mentioned above are connected to what is known as Group Cohesion and this type of challenges are part of the larger sphere of employees’ engagement. 

Group Cohesion reports the degree of group attractivity to its members. Cohesion is an essential property of any group and the group attractivity level point to the degree people want to stay within the group and  incline to describe the group in favorable terms.

Group cohesion is a wider topic which we develop in more depth in the Article: Group Cohesion: What is is, how it supports performance and how too much cohesion can become dangerous.

Solution

In order to boost the group cohesion level, we organize interactive workshops where we also make use of music and musical instruments, targeting to increase the levels of communication and mutual acceptance of group members and increase accountability for group (team) goals for each participant, within an experiential learning background.

 

Goal and associated activities

How do we make sure of achieving the goal – increase the group / team cohesion?

  1. First – through getting information about the major issues regarding the group / team cohesion and performance. It is also important to identify, as much as possible, the deep cause of the lack of unity and performance. This type of information can be provided by our clients if available within their organization. Or er can organize preliminary activities to identify the cause
  2. Intervention design for a scene where we can build contexts, to acknowledge the group / team goals and members’ roles both directly and also by using the musical metaphors. The intervention itself may require additional changes at management level to support and encourage the group cohesion, beyond the members’ effort and willingness to act in a cohesive manner
  3. Organize the workshop itself targeting a deeper awareness of group identity, of members’ identities and role within the group and the increase of their eagerness and willingness to be a more involved member (impacting directly the group stability and performance)

 

Types of activities 

  • Discussions about the group / team participating in the workshop
  • Use of musical metaphors to reflect upon group identity (musical activities like interpreting some music pieces on chromatic accordion and / or piano) and discuss perceptions of the metaphor describing the group. The activity itself of members listening to music together can positively impact the participants ‘group cohesion
  • Making a music piece or other forms of musical expression in order to express the group identity, with the consultant’s help or guideline
  • Discussions and reflections on interpersonal differences (based on personality, value systems, perceptions, and other factors), aiming at awareness on cause for interpersonal differences and increasing the level of other’s acceptance
  • Discussions and reflections on ways to appreciate and make use of the interpersonal differences while working together to a common group / team goal and for personal benefitting from this appreciation

 

Workshop setup

  • A session takes 3-4 hours (considering the participants availability)
  • A workshop can consist of 1 to 3 sessions, based on the desired / needed depth level
  • The meetings are in offline setting (indoor or outdoor) – if there is mandatory to use the musical instruments
  • If the client decides for elimination of the musical element – the workshops can be organized online, by keeping just the discussions and adjusting the content.
  • Number of participants: 6-12

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You can directly contact us to discuss and understand your challenges regarding the topics and setup for organizing the workshops for the teams in your organization.

 

 

 

 

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