Unusually for a singer, I am a fully qualified English lawyer specialising in human resources issues (buy me a coffee and I'll tell you all about it).
With my HR hat on, I am well used to helping clients to manage their staff, deal with difficult people and resolve the disputes they cannot settle themselves. Nevertheless I know that no matter how many procedures employers draft, if basic trust and good communication is missing a working relationship is never going to fly.
Employers face particular challenges when new personnel arrive; if managers or systems are changing (or not changing enough!) or where a team is made up of people from diverse walks of life.
What if you could do something completely 'left field' that would help nurture the trust and relationships within your team, and make them as cohesive and positive as possible? This is where music really works.
When people share music together they meet on a completely different level than they do at work. Making music involves listening actively to others, observing them closely and communicating with them in a wide variety of verbal and non verbal ways. Simply put, it builds trust and helps people communicate and understand each other much better.
Through music we open ourselves up in creative and emotional ways that are more vulnerable, unexpected and honest than the image we may project at work or in our daily lives. We are forced to join the dots of our emotional and intellectual selves, to dare to make mistakes, to relax, to discover others in an entirely new way. Making music is a physical, mental and emotional challenge and the shared human experience of making music can deliver richer, more creative, positive and intuitive relationships long after the music has stopped.