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Corporate dance class: Team building Through Movement

The basics

Team building through movement is a special corporate dance class for work team members. Obviously, the end goal of the special corporate dance class is team building through dance and creative movement.

The Corporate dance class “team building through movement” is an effective way to:

  • Break the ice amongst team members
  • Bring the team members closer
  • Improve communication
  • Learn to work in a team
  • Boost team spirit and enthusiasm
  • Create the feeling of belonging to something important
  • Unite and work in harmony

Who is this corporate dance class for?

  • Team members working together in a company
  • New work teams
  • Teams struggling to collaborate effectively
  • Teams looking to achieve better results
  • Teams that want to distress and have fun together
  • Any group of people that would like to learn to dance in a group and has the end goals defined in the class benefits.

The Corporate dance class “team building through movement” process

The “team building through movement” class consists of 5 classes.

First Class:

The group is introduced to the movement coach, who explains; the flow of the upcoming classes, the process and what they can expect and achieve through them.

The group shares and exchanges their thoughts, worries, difficulties and the group end goal.

After the warm up and relaxation; the movement coach creates choreography and teaches it to the group.

After the first class

Boston Mobile Dance Studio sends a video of choreography to all of the corporate dance class team members, which they can practice among themselves.

Group members share with each other; what they’ve learned and what they’ve had difficulties with. They help each other overcome difficulties. Encourage each other to learn and have fun, thus creating trust among them and developing better communication.

The second, third and fourth corporate dance class

During the next 3 classes, team members continue their practice of choreography, while focusing on communicating with each other, overcoming difficulties, supporting and encouraging each other, and above all having fun.

Boston Mobile Dance Studio is continuously supporting the group during the whole process.

The last class

The last class is video recorded by Boston Mobile Dance Studio.

During the last corporate dance class, the group talks about what they’ve learned, what they’ve had the most difficulties with and how they’ve overcome them.

They resolve any possible disagreements by accepting each other with their differences and diverse opinions in order to create the atmosphere of empowerment and tolerance.

They practice their general rehearsal of the dance choreography.

After the last class

The group presents the dance they’ve learned during their Corporate Team building dance classes, to the public e.g. within their company or according to the mutually agreed setting. Before presenting the dance, they describe how the process has been for them and how it has helped them with their team building.

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Related – Boosting productivity: Dance as an outlet

Watch one of our very successful corporate team building dance classes

How to boost productivity when you’re all over the place

As someone who sometimes wishes a day would last longer than 24 hours, I have to continually keep finding ways of maximizing my time during the day.

Thing is, I’m an entrepreneur and an artist. I’ve got my business, Boston Mobile Dance Studio where I also teach, I have my band the Beantown and I’m the founder of the BeanTown Lockers.

Additionally, I’m a proud father of 3 awesome little munchkins. So, all in all, using my time productively during the day is crucial for me. I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

First of all, I’m going to guide you through the tactics and habits that I use to boost productivity and make my day more productive.

But let me tell you something before going further. The biggest change I’ve experienced in my productivity is after reading the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.

Getting up early in the morning and implementing my Miracle Morning routine has helped me organize my day better. It’s helped me clear my mind and find clarity for the rest of the day and the upcoming tasks.

Don’t sit down all the time

When working at my desk, I don’t sit down. I’ve placed my laptop on a high desk shelf so that I’m standing while working in front of the screen. I’ve found that this helps me keep my energy flow moving and the strain on my back is minimized.

Define time blocks of working

Some people find that working in 90-minute blocks makes them most productive. After these 90 minutes, you should take a 15-minute break. But this brake needs to be something useful, not surfing the web, scrolling through Facebook or something not so useful.

These 15 minutes should be used for a useful activity such as going for a walk, doing some exercise, meditating or having a healthy snack.

I usually work in 2-hour blocks during which I time myself. I time every 10 minutes in which I drink 30 sips of water.

Hydrating with water is crucial for the whole body and for the brain. It also helps in reducing stress, keeping the body balanced and energized. I also make 10-minute breaks to do some exercises such as neck rolls, push ups, etc.

You can always try the Pomodoro Technique to boost productivity, which has been proven as very effective.

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Pomodoro Technique for boosting productivity

Having a healthy sleep pattern

It’s important to have a healthy sleep pattern. Sleep is crucial for the brain. Lack of sleep causes lowered concentration levels, increases stress, and causes burn out.

Although it may not be possible to go to bed early in some situations, I try to make it my goal to go to bed by 11 pm. This way I can get enough sleep to be able to get up at 4:00 am.

When I gig with my band, I get home very late so I don’t go to bed before 2 am, in these cases I sleep in unless it’s necessary to get up early. I also try to take power naps during the day if I didn’t get enough sleep during the night.

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Sleep well and boost productivity

Balancing work and life

I’m a family man. So even though I have a day full of projects and responsibilities, I do my best to take time off. I spend my evenings with my family, I take time off to go out with my wife and my kids. I love going to the movies because it really helps me detach from the fast paced and sometimes very stressful work situations. Spending simple moments with my wife, laughing and joking around helps me remember that life should be enjoyed and not taken so seriously.

Balancing work and life is really important for boosting productivity. Failing to balance these two will not only cause decreased productivity, but it will also eventually cause burnout.

Continuous learning

As someone with many roles and responsibilities, I’ve truly experienced the importance of learning. You should never believe that you’ve learned everything you need to know.

Failing to develop and expand your knowledge and skills will make you unproductive in all areas of your life. There’s always something to learn.

For me, I’m always looking to learn more as an entrepreneur and as an artist. I love listening to audio books, especially while driving my car. I drive a lot, so I try to use this time constructively.

I love the way Brian Tracy puts it:

The second part of continuous learning is for you to listen to audio programs in your car. Audio learning has been described as the most important advance in education since the invention of the printing press.

Boost productivity by listening to music

Music can enhance all areas of our work and life. But it’s important to choose this music carefully.

Different genres and frequencies have different effects on the brain. Energetic and fast music with fast beats or lyrics should be avoided during mental activities.

As a performer and a natural introvert, being too hyped up tires me emotionally and mentally. So, I prefer to listen to classical music during mental work, it helps me relax and focus.

Whereas during active work such as rehearsals, dance classes and workouts I listen to energetic music. This helps me maintain my energy, motivation, and creativity.

And that would be that from me, my dear friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read and that it will help you boost your productivity.

Try some of these things and tell me how it goes, I’d love to hear your opinions.

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7 Motivational Secrets Every Leader Should Know

As a leader and entrepreneur, I’ve been able to communicate with many different types of individuals. I can say that each and every one is a blessing for me, because I’ve learned something from all of them.

These experiences have taught me a lot about communication and leadership. I believe in positive leadership. I believe in empowering, as to commanding. I believe in encouraging as to criticizing. And I believe in motivating, as to pressuring.

And I can honestly say; for me, it’s working out amazingly. So based on that, I thought I’d share with you, my 7 motivational secrets -when it comes to my employees and team members.

I believe in positive leadership, I believe in empowering… says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio

Motivation in the workplace has been a subject of research for quite some time.

Initially, it was considered a Pandora ’s Box, due to the fact that every individual has different aspirations and goals at work and in life.

Brain science has shed some light on factors that motivate individuals on a personal and professional level.

For a long time, it was believed that rewards were the best motivators, but recent studies show that’s not the case. Have a look at this interesting TED talk by Dan Pink on The Puzzle Motivation.

Although it may seem obvious, every leader should be interested in motivating their team in the best way possible. But, research shows that this actually is not the case.

Based on the most recent research, employees and managers at large corporations, exhibit low levels of trust within the company teams. Logically, where there’s no trust, there’s little to none motivation.

But inspired by positive leadership, as we do it here at Boston Mobile Dance Studio, I thought I’d share the motivational secrets that I and other positive leaders believe to be crucial for team success.

My Motivational Secrets

Lead by example

Just like the saying “treat others the way you want to be treated”, leading by example for me assumes that I treat my team members in a way that I want everyone treating each other within the team.

The positive attitude towards our work and towards each other creates a company culture with a fertile ground for motivation, productivity, and creativity.

I don’t like to have limits imposed on me, so I don’t impose limits on my team members. This in return generates extremely creative ideas and productive work.

Another thing is, I don’t like to stagnate, and my team knows this. So rather than getting stuck on a certain problem, we move on to the next task in the plan to keep the momentum moving.

Team enthusiasm is something I have to keep alive in order to achieve our goals and nurture the company culture.

Once you have the momentum, you have to keep the momentum moving Says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio

Motivational Secrets

Socializing

When I say socializing, I don’t mean only team get-togethers and events. These are great, but I believe it’s important to know each other on a personal level. My team members and I are open about our personal lives. We share each other’s personal experiences and conversations.

Now I’m not saying that we all have to be best friends. I respect the fact that it’s important to separate professional lives from personal lives. But in any case, it’s better to get on and be friends to a certain degree, rather than being explicitly focused on serious professionality.

Positive feedback

Feedback is crucial. Whether positive or negative. But one can choose the right words when sharing negative feedback.

I’ve found that certain individuals don’t respond well to blunt and direct negative criticism. Often these individuals are people with great skills and capacity. So why allow the loss of a great team member for the sake of being crude!?

I try to choose my words with care and approach a team member in the way that I’d want someone to approach me too.

On the other side, when it comes to good work and results, even the smallest bits, I take care to thank and show appreciation for the hard work and awesome results. This is something that a leader must do, because it has an amazingly positive motivational effect on people.

Honesty

As well as being honest with my opinions, I’ve found that it is important to be honest about internal business information.

Transparency builds trust. If we’re in a situation that certain business goals aren’t going in the desired direction, I share that with my team.

If something isn’t working out as expected it will affect all areas of the business, and team members need to know that.

This also opens the possibility of individuals not even working within the problematic department to come up with an innovative solution, which in the end helps us all move forward.

Know your employee

It’s important to show your employees that you care about them and that you’re interested in their personal stuff that may be affecting them even on a professional level.

It is a human fundamental need to be accepted and appreciated. People are much more motivated when they know that they’re respected for what they are and what they do.

We take care to nurture this need as a part of our company culture. I emphasize this to my existing and new team members and employees. Because it is the core of this company.

Opportunities

As well as being an entrepreneur, I’m also an artist and a parent. As a typical artist, you’re always looking for new inspiration and action. I believe that this is something that can help everyone get more motivated.

Looking for new possibilities and opportunities gives you the drive to do more and give more of your abilities. When I say opportunities, I’m not just talking about promotions in the company. I’m talking about the possibilities to learn new things, to do work other than the work someone is specialized in. As Jason Demers puts in in his article the 6 motivation secrets to inspire your employees, even the most ambitious people get demotivated when there are no changes happening.

People may be working in one particular field, but they also have other knowledge and skills that they would like to show or improve.

Giving people these kinds of possibilities is twofold. They get the chance to show what they’ve got and to grow, and you get specific work done within the team without having to hire outside help.

Freedom

I mentioned this in the beginning. But I just can’t stress the importance of freedom enough. Direction is important, and certain company rules and regulations need to be adhered to, in order to maintain productivity and an efficient workflow.

I’m convinced that employees need to be given as much freedom as possible, even if it means letting them make mistakes (as long as these mistakes don’t cause financial loss).

Giving the freedom to explore, you’re opening the doors to innovative ideas and solutions.

The world of business has been extremely focused on accustomed ways of doing things in the past times. But now we’re living in the times of transition. More and more professionals are switching to a more creative approach to work, and creativity assumes freedom. 

Boston Mobile Dance Studio is a creative company, which logically means that creativity comes first when it comes to business operations and management. I’ve found that giving my team members the freedom they need, more creative ideas are born. This results in original ideas that can minimize the financial costs of a task which would usually require greater financial investment.

And that would be that dear friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re a leader yourself, please share your motivational secrets with us. Because there’s always room for improvement for all of us. Thank you for reading and feel free to share this article with your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for reading and feel free to share this article with your friends and colleagues.

For more interesting reads about motivation, have a look at our bite-sized creative pieces. Take a look our Get motivated in 10 minutes INFOGRAPHIC and also stay tuned for the next one: The 5 things your employees need to hear you say INFOGRAPHIC.

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Infographic: Motivate yourself in 10 minutes

It’s not always so easy to motivate yourself. We all have moments of bad motivation, it’s natural. Especially if you have many goals and responsibilities.

Without motivation, you’re stuck in status quo and far away from your wishes and goals.  But don’t worry, there’s always a way to get motivated and rise from the ashes.

Get motivated in no time!

That’s why we’ve decided to make this infographic on how to motivate yourself in 10 minutes.

Here’s a visual representation that will guide you and help you get motivated in no time. Consider it our gift to you. Because we know how motivation is important if you want to get where you want to be!

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Infographic: Motivate yourself in 10 minutes

The geniuses’ guide to improving creative problem solving skills

Do you know that every time you come up with something new and different, you’ve actually become a tad bit more creative!? No matter how unordinary or illogical; new ideas expand your creativity. If you are one of those people who limit thought processes with routine black and white expectations, you are killing your creativity and creative problem-solving skills. On the other hand, if you are constantly curious, asking questions and exploring new ideas, you are already a very creative person. But, NEVER let anyone or anyone’s’ perceptions limit or destroy your creative personality!

Whatever the case, there is always room for improvement.

Do you know that legendary geniuses were not geniuses because of their higher IQ? Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci are the most known geniuses of all time, because of their open-minded and creative approach to creative problem solving.

That’s why here at Boston Mobile Dance Studio, we’ve decided to learn from them and from other creatives we researched and spoke to. So we can give you this “Geniuses’ guide to improving creative problem-solving skills”.

Get out of the comfort zone and remove limitations

get out of the comfort zone

Questions don’t always have to be answered with a yes or a no. The solution doesn’t have to be among the logical solutions, a black or a white result. Go crazy with ideas in your brainstorming process, be willing to take risks and even to be taken a fool. Don’t let fear or other peoples’ standardized expectations limit you.

Keep your mind open

open your mind

Always be ready to explore new ideas and possibilities. As I already mentioned, don’t be afraid to come up with illogical crazy ideas. That’s what the term “thinking outside the box” is all about. With an open mind, your approach to creative problem solving is more like child play. Children are our best teachers when it comes to creativity.

Meditation and mindfulness

A mindful approach to life and all everyday activities does wonders. I teach mindfulness to my kids in simple moments such as bed time, breathing and guiding them to pay attention to their breath and to slow down. Or during meals, by asking questions like how does it feel, taste, what’s the difference if I chew fast or slow, etc. A great way to practice mindfulness is while you’re showering, just by becoming aware of the water running down your body. By practicing mindfulness, you become more aware of yourself, your surroundings and your mind expands to see the unlimited possibilities in situations of day to day life and at work.

meditation and mindfulness

The benefits of meditation on the brain and overall well-being have been scientifically proven by a number of studies, today everyone knows that. So obviously it helps you boost your creative problem-solving skills too. By meditating on a regular basis, even 10 minutes every day, your mind expands and becomes open to new opportunities, possibilities and a higher level of inspiration. If you are new to meditation, consider a personal growth program such as the Silva Method or try a specially engineered tool for meditation such as Mindvalley’s OmHarmonics.

Research and analysis

Creative problem solving doesn’t infer you come up with ideas without researching the problem first. Whatever line of work you are in, you need to gather all of the data and information that is necessary to look at all aspects of the problem. That way you are also staying open to the possibility that you haven’t defined your problem correctly. Analysis isn’t just for the commonly termed “left brainers”.

Find a system that works best for you and your creative problem-solving

Deepak Chopra wrote an amazing book we strongly recommend if you want to improve your creative problem solving skills, “Spiritual Solutions”.

In this book, Deepak Chopra speaks about the nine steps of creative response:

  1. Inner vision
  2. Information gathering
  3. Information analysis
  4. Incubation
  5. Insight
  6. Inspiration
  7. Implementation
  8. Integration
  9. Incarnation
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The 9 steps of creative response – Deepak Chopra

Or you can try Brian Tracey’s two step system to creative problem solving:

  1. Define the problem clearly
  2. Ask “What else is the problem?”

This assumes that you are gathering the information you need and relying on that information to define your problem clearly. If you jump into solving a problem too soon, you may come up with a great solution to the wrong problem.

Your work surroundings should inspire you

The creative side of the brain, which is the right side, needs to be stimulated. More and more corporate companies are implementing this into their work culture today. Great examples of this are Google and Mindvalley. These companies have offices and spaces with visuals, artwork, music and motivational activities. So take some time to think about what visuals, colours and type of ambient inspires you, and put some of it into your workspace. You don’t have to redecorate your office, but adding a few details and some nice music, will go a long way. With music, you have to make sure it’s more soothing than loud and fast. The advised, are tones generated between 14 – 17hz. These are Alpha, mid beta and Theta waves. You can try binaural beats or isochronic tones by Brainwave Power Music that can also help you improve your creative problem solving skills.

Move Creatively

Exercise, movement and dance allows the release of endorphins. Engaging in a fun physical activity allows your brain to detach from routine, destress and blow some steam off. Many corporates that come to dance classes at Boston Mobile Dance Studio have testified to this time and time again.

Corporate Dance

Dancers are known to be the type of people whose right side of the brain is always majorly active. This is because dancers explore space and possibility with their own body, and exploring expands the mind thus allowing you to be more creative and open minded in finding solutions and improving your creative problem solving skills.

Finally, if you like what you’ve read here, and you’d like to explore your creativity and have some fun with your work team members; visit our Corporate Dance page or get in touch with us.

Creativity boosts problem solving skills

Whether you work for a large company or a small start-up. Or you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur or a professional in a certain field. You will always have to face problem solving. But what people tend to forget, is that effective problem solving requires creativity. In fact, creativity and problem solving go hand in hand, thus the title of today’s post; Creativity boosts problem solving skills.

We are often told that creativity requires “thinking out of the box”. But what does this actually mean? A simple answer would be, the expansion of our way of thinking which goes further than the habituated methods which we are used to in our thinking process. But here we’re going to take a look at some interesting methods and activities that allow our creativity to boost problem solving skills.

Using arts and artistic surroundings to boost creativity

Artistic surroundings, visual arts and creative movement all have an effect on the right side of the brain. The right side of the brain is the creative side and it needs to be regularly activated and stimulated in order to exploit the full potential of one’s creative abilities. Even a different workplace surrounding, decorated with visual arts, interesting and original decorations and vivid colours have this effect on the brain. One of the examples we often mention within our team at Boston Mobile Dance Studio is Mindvalley. Their work surroundings are based on creative and comfortable design that nurtures creativity and productivity, thus boosting problem solving skills too.

Dance and movement as a creative outlet and creativity booster

Clients often tell us how dance classes at Boston Mobile Dance Studio help them destress, switch off and get in touch with their inner creative side. Many professionals and members of the corporate world come to our dance lessons because dance helps them activate their right side of the brain. After our dance classes they’re ready for new problem solving challenges.

The simple word exercise

Balder Onarheim, professor of creativity and serial entrepreneur, did a really interesting TED talk on using words to boost creativity. This exercise really is simple, but it does wonders for expanding the mind, activating creativity and coming up with creative solutions. During a certain activity you are doing, come up with a random word that comes to your head and try to connect that word with that activity. He gives an example of brushing his teeth and connecting the random word given by a member from the audience, and the connection he comes up with is, brushing camel hair with a tooth brush. The connected dots or the solution don’t always have to make sense or to be logical. That’s what creativity and innovation is about.

The dot exercise

Say Keng Lee did a great piece of writing on a question about boosting creativity on Quora. He gives the example of the experiment he did with his students, adult and children. Drawing a black dot on a white board (you can do this on paper) and asking the students to say what they “see”. It was interesting that adults would typically come up with two basic ideas. Whereas children would come up with many more, interesting and “out of the box” ideas. What does this mean? Well obviously, kids are much more creative than adults because they still don’t have the limiting belief systems, logical expectations and conclusions made upon standard repetitive habits. But as adults, we take on many belief systems and logical standards that limit our ability to be creative and to use our full potential. So go ahead, try this exercise. But the main point is to forget everything you’ve learned so far in your life and to think like a child.

The CPS Process

The Creative Problem Solving process is based on the creative geniuses approach to solving problems; geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci naturally employed this process. But it was formalized by Alex Osborn during the 50’s. As you will notice, the process requires the expansion of the mind via brainstorming and “thinking out of the box”.

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Creative Problem Solving process – Alex Osborn

Boosting creativity by being who you really are

Not so many years ago, and even until today in some countries, it was believed that creativity was reserved only for the mad and crazy. A child is often molded into the mainstream belief systems, and for showing individualities and peculiar differences is considered weird and does not “fit in”. But as new thought has become part of the mainstream, people have become more interested in self-development, in discovering who they really are and being the best versions of themselves. All of this assumes the fact that we all are different, each and every individual is special and has their own special features and characteristics. And all of this also assumes that we all have creativity inside of our genetic code, it’s just the matter of how we express it.

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Some features and characteristics of creativity

“You have two choices in life: You can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must be what no one else but you can be….” —Anonymous