Let me tell you about a conference experience that has stuck with me for some time now … one of those “ah ha” moments that stay with you for a long time. This was long before I started Human Rhythms NZ.
We got to lunch, filled our pukus with kai and started thinking about how to escape without being seen (just like the people above). A plan was starting to hatch and we were about the make it happen – then we heard it. The sound of a couple of drums being played inside the meeting room. The rhythm was quite inviting, simple and intriguing. What was going on? Our plan of escape was pushed away by the pulsing rhythm and the doors to the room opened.
There, at the front of the room were two people drumming. On every seat was a drum, a Djembe drum (I found out), and the lead drummer motioned to us all to pick up a drum and start playing – play anything.
No slight of hand here because this was real. For the next 30 minutes we all (120 of us) played drums together, as one, with rhythms being weaved in and out of the group with ease. The end of the session came too soon with many of us wanting to keep on going. “So what” … I hear you say. Well, here’s the what. For the next day and half this conference was a changed beast. The relationships that were formed from this one session were amazing. The energy levels created were immense. The involvement of all for the rest of the day was dramatically improved and there was only one thing that caused the change. Correct … the drumming. Naturally, we didn’t leave because we were engaged in the event (we also hoped it would happen again). We were allowed to celebrate, we played an d we did it together. And … it was all done without one word spoken.
This got me thinking … teams come in many different shapes and sizes, but one thing is relevant for all teams – they need to work well together in order to achieve their desired goals – teamwork is critical. It’s the foundation of your team building house. Building a cohesive team is a dynamic and ongoing process. One of my struggles has been how to give the team a real experience without taking them out of the workplace for too long. Also, how to do it so that everyone is included – as you know not everyone likes to be embarrassed or put in a physically demanding situation. How then, can you deliver a program that is the perfect metaphor for what your team goals are? I found what I was looking for.
Well, here’s something to think about when next you get people together. Interactive drumming with Human Rhythms is an amazing team development experience and one that your team will always remember, as I have. I’m still talking about it. I loved my first experience with the drum so much that we started Human Rhythms NZ.
Like me, your people will be stunned at how great they sounded when they listened to each other while working in perfect harmony. As well, having fun and laughing together provides a rich teamwork experience and creates strong bonds within the team.
There’s my testimonial …
Play, Create and Achieve… everyday!