It was a very early start in the morning, as I embarked on a whistle stop trip to Sweden, beginning at Heathrow Airport. I sailed through check-in and, even though my oversized bag contained more than 100 boomwhackers, there was no excess baggage to pay! As these super-portable musical tubes are so light, they really are the perfect option for working abroad without extra fuss or cost to clients.
On arrival, I was whisked away from Gothenburg straight to the venue where our clients were on day three of a training/team building course.
Being corporate sponsors of a global yacht racing team, they decided on an overall concept built around sea travel, exploration and adventure. This immediately gave us a nautical idea of how to make their evening boomwhacker activity highly relevant to their theme.
Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctica expedition comprised of two years and eight months of sheer team endurance. Disaster struck when his ship was trapped in ice and crushed. Trapped, and with many more survival challenges to face, this story is full of team building analogies.
While his ship was imprisoned in the slowly creeping pack ice, the crew had to face the oncoming winter. To keep up team morale, homegrown music revues created by the crew were held. Performed in their own ‘Ritz’ as they named it, these and other team activities kept spirits afloat and focused attention away from their plight.
The concept of creating music as a morale-boosting tool is exactly what we used for the evening session. The only difference is that the dinner menu did not include fresh penguin!
Our group of 100 participants performed together in perfect plastic harmony.
Bringing energy and fun to any event is really important to us, but being able to reveal other relevant ideas that link to our client’s brief is even better.
Shackleton eventually found a barren, deserted island for his crew. He then took a small party out to sea in a lifeboat and, after 16 days in rough, freezing ocean, found help! Not one member of the crew was lost.
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Photograph by: Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation