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ART TEAM BUILDING – ANZBCTG Blasting cannons, paradigms and creating great art. Recently I had the pleasure of hosting an Art Team Building and Masterpiece workshop with an exceptional group of people. The Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trails Group. mu legend zen online A team of men and women who each day dedicate their time to finding a cure for breast cancer. spyderco slysz bowie An honourable group and there I was standing before them with the job of making them incredibly uncomfortable… (and then very happy). I was facilitating as part of a larger conference they were attending in the iconic Fort Scratchley Historic Site on the head land of Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle. A beautiful location with 360 degree ocean views. They even offered their guest an option of firing an old cannon at lunch. How’s that for a mid day wake up! The had a great morning with Lincoln Amidy from Pinnacle Team Events to which they spoke very highly of. In this session they completed some disc profiling, which revealed that the vast majority of their strengths sat in the lower left hand quadrant of the brain (no surprises there, being a group of researchers and scientists). What I was about to do with them in the afternoon was catapult them into the top right quadrant. When I first addressed the group stating that we were going on a creative journey it was as if a little part of each of them died. An implosion of sorts. All good though as what progressed was a brilliant afternoon of transformation. Teams stood up revealing their works of art to the “Wows!” and the “I can’t believe that!” of their peers. A big thank you to everyone at the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group. nobis women’s tula It was an absolute joy to share the experience with...

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ART HEIST – An Amazing Race Team Building event with a difference A perfect day running around The Rocks with a great client. Earlier this month I had the fortune (and fun) to facilitate our Art Heist team building event with AMR throughout The Rocks Sydney. Art Heist is an Adventure Race style of event with a heavy artistic spin. Participants were informed that a series of art works by an internationally renowned artists has gone missing from one of Australia’s leading Art Galleries and their task was to ensure the exhibition will take place. They then had to navigate through The Rocks whilst carrying out a series of challenges. They re-created art works via drawing, sculpting, snapping photo’s, filming short skits and seeking advice from a number of wandering artists (professional actors) found along their journey. Here are a few of our top shots captured by the team members. Challenges included; “Take a photo of your sculpture in a situation or location they shouldn’t be in?” “Shoot a photo of your team participating in the latest fitness craze Hip Hop Yoga!”, “Design a Where’s Wally photo with all of your team members present and Inspired by the many stairs used by local office workers banging out a quick lunch time work out capture a photo entailed “Lazy Bastard!” We lucked out on the weather (beautiful, sunny about 22 degrees) and had a location to work with that would be hard to beat… Thanks AMR. It was a brilliant day and I must say your Where’s Wally photo’s where top notch!   Brad Visual Funk Lead Facilitator E: brad@visualfunk.com.au   Art Adventure Race Art Adventure outing Outdoor Adventure Heist AMR HipHop Yoga AMR ART HEIST Art Heist AMR...

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I think that we all have a creative knot. Something that in all of us, is tied up, tight and potentially stopping us fulfilling our creative potential. Stopping us expressing ourselves and coming up with some great ideas and then acting upon them. It’s a knot that can be really tight. Untying this not is the key to tapping into your creative mojo and all the good things that can happen. So what helps you to unlock this creative knot? I am writing this in the middle of a 5 hr plane ride and I find that this is where I unlock my knot. It’s usually after a wine and about an hour into the trip. The realization hits that there are no phone calls, no email, no messages. I am feeling relaxed. adidas nmd I am usually watching a movie and then I start to feel really inspired. Not just inspired, but over the top of inspired. I feel like my mind becomes a flowing river if ideas, thoughts and images. Things are happening. I get my creative flow on and I stay in it. cheap mu legend redzen I always keep my notebook handy and jot down, draw and play with the river of ideas. The more you unwind the creative knot, the easier it is to keep it that way and to keep harnessing that wonderful creativity that we all have. Think of it like fitness. To get fit you have to unlock the knot of motivation. You have to get off that couch. You need the will power to keep the exercise going after 2 minutes when you get puffed. You need to push yourself hard. The more you untwist the knot, the easier it is to keep it untwisted. You get your fitness charging and then you don’t want to let it go. It’s the same with you creativity and your self-expression. Once you untie the knot and start expressing and acting on your creative talents, the easier it is to keep it going and not have that knot reappear. Whilst untying the creative knot sounds like a very slippery use of a metaphor, finding the right environment, mood, situation, stimulus, energy to untwist your creative knot is essential. It’s different for everyone but once you find it, it gets easier to stay creative and fulfill the great potential that we all have. I don’t want to do a 5 hr plane ride every day so it’s important to put into your day those little things that untie your creative...

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What Is Your Teams Energy Like? What’s your energy like? What is the energy like in your team? What was the energy like at your last conference? When I say energy, I mean the pulse, the vibe, the buzz? What does it feel like when you walk into your office? Personal energy and team energy is a funny thing in many ways. It’s not something that is easily measured but we all know when it is not there. We cant always see it but we can always feel it. We all make a contribution to it every day and a negative energy has a huge impact on all aspects of our home and work life. When someone asks you what the vibe was like at a party, what do you say? Do you have an answer? We generally would. It may have had a great vibe at the beginning of the night but got worse as the evening went on. It may have had a terrible vibe early on, but once some friends arrived, the vibe was better. What is the energy like in your workplace or your team? What does it feel like when you walk into a meeting?  How does it feel when you leave the meeting? What’s the level of conversation like in the workplace? Is there a buzz? What is your own energy like? What type of energy do you take with you? What type of energy do you bring with you? Are you an energy vampire? What type of feeling do you leave behind after you interact with colleagues? Is it a great one? As you can probably gather from the questions, energy is everywhere. Every personal interaction has it, every group of people has it, every event, conference or meeting has it. Austin Powers had plenty of it, he called it his Mojo and was spent a whole movie looking for it. I visit a lot of work places around Australia and the one thing that always jumps out is the energy in the office. Sometimes it feels like a sad camp and other times it’s buzzing. We have a Media Client and every time we are in their offices it’s alive. The offices are full of colour, vibrancy and energy. You can feel it the energy. It’s a nice place to visit. What I do know, is that a great vibe is a positive thing. It makes everyone feel good. It’s infectious, it’s catching. It’s motivating, empowering and makes people smile. People enjoy coming to work where there is a great energy. You enjoy going to work when there is a great...

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A recent study by Adobe of over 5000 people in the worlds 5 leading economies: United States, England, France, Germany and Japan has revealed that only 1 in 4 people are living up to their creative potential. There are some interesting points: 80% of people feel that Creativity is key to driving economic growth Whilst 50% agree that they are increasingly being expected to think creatively at work 75% say that there is increasing pressure to be productive rather than creative at work 59% feel that creativity is being stifled by the education system – echoing the words of Sir Ken Robinson There were some interesting barriers that people spoke about as a barrier. The biggest surprise to me was that 43% indicated that a lack of money was the biggest challenge to being creative. Isn’t creativity free? Artists are considered highly creative but have one of the lowest per capita incomes around. I fully understand the issue of time (which I have spoken of before) as you have to make time to put the idea into action and make it real. Some other barriers to creativity were: Fear of being judged Finding others to support you I don’t take chances What people wanted most to help them be creative were: Time to think creatively 36% Training to learn and use creative tools 31% An environment to think creatively 30% Tools to create 27% 71% of people also preferred to be by themselves when they create – something to think about next time you head into a brainstorm session. One thing I like about this study is that it is easy. Thankfully, a study on creativity has been represented, creatively! Easy to read, not much text and plenty of colour. There is always lots of negative and positive feedback about any study such as this and this has been no different. Whatever your thoughts, its a great way to think about how you are trying to encourage innovation and creativity in your company and the one I really like, ‘Are you living up to your creative potential? If not, why...

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I have spent the last 5 years working with people in organisations to unleash their natural creativity after a lifetime of practicing it myself. In many ways, this translates to coming up with better ideas, fresh solutions and innovative products. mu legend items for sale One of the things I always teach is to take a walk and open your eyes to what you see and relate this to your problem. The moment you move, you change your energy. The moment you change your environment and open your eyes, you bring in fresh stimulus. As I always share, the key is putting it into practice. Visualfunk is currently working with a business partner on some some new work we are doing. I had a list of ideas that I was being asked to come up with content for. One particular idea had me stumped for about 2 weeks. I had thought about it a lot but wasn’t getting anywhere. What was the problem? I was doing all of the thinking at my desk whilst looking at the same stuff. adidas original So, time to practice what I preach. All it took was a 5 min walk from the security clearance at the airport to an Airline lounge. The airport is full of stimulus. Lots of advertising, bright colours, sound, people, clothes, brands, food. Once I REALLY looked, it started to trigger my brain to think in different ways as I connected my problem to what I was seeing. The ideas started to flow. I wrote down loads of information. Once I sat down in the lounge, I continued to look around, see, connect and write the first thing that came into my head. In 10 minutes, I came up with more ideas on this particular problem than I did in 2 weeks of trying to solve it at my desk. If that isn’t improved productivity, I don’t know what is and it was soooooooooooo easy. We are hard wired to be creative. To unleash it, Try anything Most importantly, try something Move Change the stimulus around you Don’t judge what you are doing up front, wait a while Enjoy the...

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