2003 was a busy, fruitful, and growing year for us at Face The Music. We’d like to update you with some of the things we’ve been up to and what we achieved last year.
We began new relationships with GMAC Mortgage, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lockheed Martin, Bandag, Bell Canada, Linkage, and Eaton Industries, among others, in 2003, as well as doing new events with Pfizer (3 programs), Ernst & Young, and Millennium Pharma (2 programs), companies we have worked with before.
We wrote about 22 new songs for our clients in 2003. We’re bringing music, insight and fun to our clients; read on…
Face The Music has always been about providing real impact and change, as well as being a fun, energizing experience for participants. We made a lot of progress in 2003 in furthering that purpose through Beyond The Blues. The focus of Beyond The Blues (BTB) is to make the most of the FTM experience by facilitating processes whereby participants develop greater understanding of issues and situations, where their power is to change them, and then get into action around making impact on those work situations.
In June, FTM gave a program to 800 organizational development professionals at the Linkage International OD Forum. At the event were many OD practitioners who really got the potential of the power of Face The Music. Through these conversations, we have continued the development of BTB, incorporating many of the ideas discussed at the forum into the offerings, and giving
BTB programs to some of the organizations represented there.
At Linkage we met OD guru Warner Burke, one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Burke said: “What OD needs is innovation; and Face The Music is it!” He introduced us to the faculty at Columbia Teacher’s College, and Face The Music is now a part of the Advanced ODHRM curriculum. We also partnered with Georgetown University’s Coaching Certification Program and did a high-energy event with their group in the fall. We are now in conversation with the Pepperdine MSOD directors about including FTM in their program.
On a somewhat less serious note, FTM did a benefit program with Woodstock Day School in 2003, where 5-8th graders and their teachers did a FTM interactive program in their gym with fun, and sometimes-hilarious results.
Not just the blues—FTM did a program with the Lockheed Martin communications group in September that was totally non-blues. They helped develop their new themes for 2004 using pop, rock-n-roll and country songs. The event was a total success, with the LM VP of Communications saying, “The use of music in developing our company messages was a powerful, innovative approach that added a lot of value, as well as fun, to the process.”
Awards—FTM did programs with Federated Department Stores [FDS] (Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s, among others), Lockheed Martin, and GMAC Mortgage that were part of their annual awards ceremony. For FDS, 6 songs were composed, one for each "Store Manager of the Year" in the 6 FDS divisions. FTM songwriters, posing as FDS newsletter writers to preserve the secrecy, interviewed the winners, their bosses, and some of their employees to get the material to write the songs. When each winner was announced, they were honored with a summary of their achievements and the reasons that they had won, given a handsome award, and a “Platinum Album” (a CD of their custom song); then they were then escorted to the “chair of honor" while the FTM band played their song. Participants said that the songs were funny, creative and each honored their winner in its own particular way, and that the awards ceremony had outdone previous years for energy and excitement.
Face The Music is a unique organizational intervention that helps forward-thinking corporations go beyond their "business blues" in order to refocus their energies on a compelling, collective vision of the future.
"Face the Music was a complete success. Our people had fun, took risks and understood how valuable the exercise was."
Valerie Beroin, Aventis
“Face the Music exceeded my expectations. Many of our participants were able to gain valuable insights into their work life and have fun at the same time.
The band was easy to work with, passionate, and professional. Thank you for a worthwhile, pleasurable and meaningful experience!”
“Face The Music is clearly the most efficient and effective teambuilding exercise I have ever experienced. You accomplish in three hours or less what I have seen take weeks. Two times now I have experienced a transformation in groups that were extremely complex and culturally diverse. Our people walked away with great memories of a very special time.”
Charlie Portwood, Director of Drug Product Operations, Aventis Pharma
“Glad to be a phone reference and identified as a VERY satisfied FTM client who initially reacted with ‘This is crazy… there’s no way we would be able to do this!!’ In the letter, I could include reference to the number of folks who told me the next day that they’d initially schemed on how to go hide in their hotel rooms…but after doing it said it was one of the most unusual and enjoyable team-building events they’d ever done.”
David Owens, Director of Marketing, Washington Mutual
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