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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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THE SECRET TO UNLOCKING YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL        – Is far easier than you think! Last week I facilitated an Art Masterpiece team building workshops with a high profile client in Melbourne. Opening the event I asked the participants the dreaded question, “Who here considers themselves to be creative?” To which I heard nothing but crickets. Now this response wouldn’t normally surprise me however I considered this company to be operating in a particularly creative field. When I probed a little further I found that the majority of staff did not consider themselves to be creative for in their words, “they could not draw!” They held strong to this belief and we where about to partake in a 3 hour art workshop… yikes! We pressed along as I guided them through a series of activities where their skills scaffolded allowing each participant to stretch and strengthen their right brain and creative ability. 2 hours in and the very same staff members now proudly displayed amazing, expressive works of art and a creative confidence exuded from their being. Asked the same question again “Who here considers themselves to be creative?” and the answer was an resounding “I do!” Admittedly throughout this process there was quite bit of drawing involved and yeah the ability of the individuals mentioned was less than crash hot but big stinking deal! Drawing is simply the ability to make a mark on something, and is absolutely no indicator to one’s creative ability. Creativity is a frame of mind, a way of looking at the world not an measure of ones artistic talent.   We need to dispel this myth that “I can’t draw a life portrait so that means I’m not creative”, and accept the reality that just by being human you innately are!  Granted you may have closed that possibility a long, looooooong time ago but regardless, the fact is you are! Just take a look at a group of kindergarten students anywhere between the age of 4 and 6 every child of that age pours creativity, if your a parent you know the truth of this statement, and guess what… We where all children once. When we embrace this truth we give ourselves permission to think creatively, exercise innovation and intern drive opportunities for growth be it for our department, our organisation, our business or our personal lives. Creative is the key to future progress   Time and time again I see countless individuals flex their creative muscles and reconnect with their ability as I guide them through our Art Masterpiece Workshop. If you think your team may need some guidance to unlock their...

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At VisualFunk, we get to visit some great places and when we say we go Australia Wide, we really mean it. We recently had the pleasure of working with a client in Paraburdoo, Western Australia. Paraburdoo is 1536 km north of Perth in the Pilbara region, right in the outback. Or for those of us who are more city based, a very long way away!                           With some of the best views you could wish for out of the plane window on the way, the view on the ground didn’t disappoint either! Driving through the desert with amazingly clear blue skies, the landscape jumped with colour. From a VisualFunk point of view, it was screaming to be painted. A precursor of what was to come really.                           Taking part in one of our creative programs, Team Masterpiece.  The program is all about unleashing the creative spirit that we ALL have in us, taking off the blinkers and looking at the world in a different way. Importantly, it allows teams to explore thoughts and ideas in a way that they normally wouldn’t. It’s about taking scribbled words off a piece of paper and making them real.                             The result? Some fantastic artworks that the team never thought that they could have created AND a great reminder to the team of not only what’s possible but what they have committed to over the year ahead.                           Team building in Paraburdoo: What a creative adventure! At VisualFunk we believe that if you do interesting things, interesting things happen. Putting yourself out there, opening your eyes and arms to what is around you and embracing all the opportunities and experiences are around us is key to being more creative, innovative and dare I say, more fulfilled, succesful and happy! When was your last great creative experience – work or otherwise? We would love to hear! Check out our new site at www.visualfunk.com.au as well....

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I have been lucky enough to share my passion of art and creativity with some fantastic companies over the last 14 years. I love seeing people tapping back into that wonderful creativity that we all have and the wonderful energy that comes from being expressive, imaginative and creative. So I was delighted when we had the opportunity to run a creative session at this years Sydney Fringe Festival for members of the public.  Whilst not a team building session, many elements were the same as the creative team building programs we run. Everyone getting out of their comfort zone. Everyone really scared about how to start and what it will look like! The first few steps are always very, very tentative.  It’s as if the paper may ignite when the pen first hits it and makes a mark. Great things start to happen when everyone feels more comfortable. It was a sold out program and we had an absolute blast.   The venue was a great space. Always a fan of a great environment to drive creativity, Fringe HQ was buzzing with stimulus. It was great to have a room full of people ready to get out of their comfort zone and to do something creative. There was plenty of fun and energy in the room. Most importantly, everyone left with something that they were proud of! The Fringe Festival gave a nice review as well  There is a tipping point when you do anything new and out of our comfort zones. There is often a voice inside  you have to deal with, telling you a bunch of crap about how unsuccessful your are going to be. The inner voice/ego/doubt we have holds us back from doing so many things. This is especially true with anything creative. Once you suck it up and go for it, the inner voice starts to quieten down then disappear completely. That’s when great things happen. I love seeing everyone leave with something they were proud of and the great smile that comes from reconnecting with your creativity. All things start with a small step, even opening up your creative potential. So, what step are you going to take to reconnect with your creativity and...

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The word team building has such a wide variety of connotations from 10 years ago. If you type the word into Google, you get over 79,000,000 results. So it’s obviously important and fair enough. At it’s most simple, a team that gets on together, is cohesive, energised and collaborates effectively is much more effective than one that really dislikes each other, has no cohesion, energy and doesn’t share any information at all.                       There are many, many ways to achieve a happy, motivated and dedicated team. As long as it isn’t cheesy (think The Office TV Show) the possibilities are endless. I came across this article today by Susan Heathfield that gave some easy ways to build your team and all focus on things you can do yourself. Whilst a tailgate party might not be such a huge hit in Australia, there is always something that you can do. Like anything, it will be something that you and your team will have to work on regularly. The more effort you put into team building, the better team you will have. Pretty simple and it has a huge effect on the bottom line as well. I have put the first few points below. You can read the rest of the article here Lunch discussion and team building groups: Provide lunch for the whole company, a department or a work team. Assign employees to various work groups of up to ten people to thoughtfully discuss and respond to work related questions. One fun way to divide employees, when you don’t care who is in which group, is to put numbers on the bottom of plates. All employees who have a number 1 on their plate take their lunch and meet in the library or conference room B, for example.–Additional ways to divide employees into discussion groups.–Thoughtful questions for ice breakers that you can use as samples, although you will want the discussion topics to reflect the interests and happenings in your workplace. Take an employee to work day: Schedule employees to visit another department for take an employee to work day. Employees are always curious about what other employees do. Satisfy their interest and introduce the employees to a whole new work group in the process. The opportunity to observe in another department allows employees to participate in team building that enhances cross department cooperation and understanding. It also offers employees the chance to explore another career path. Here’s how one company put together their take an employee to work day. Provide comfortable collaboration spaces with couches, snacks and beverages. Ask...

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