Collaboration and Creativity
The Fusion Experience is an interactive 90-minute event that explores a dilemma facing many business organisations today: how to maintain corporate reliability and strategic alignment, while fostering creativity and individual responsibility.
These issues are represented by two contrasting team cultures: classical and jazz. The classical team culture is represented by a string quartet: a formalised musical group, realising a composer’s intentions through technical precision, careful preparation and superlative performance. The jazz team culture is represented by a jazz quartet: four individuals engaged in a spontaneous musical dialogue around a common theme, embracing experimentation and risk-taking to engender a rich flow of creative ideas.
Using a series of carefully crafted exercises in which the two quartets perform both individually and together, the Fusion Experience asks:
- How are these two team cultures similar and how are they different?
- How can they co-exist, collaborate and enhance one another's performance?
- How can business organisations benefit from both team cultures?
In 2013, the Cleveland based law firm Hahn Loeser engaged Music & Management to provide the Fusion Experience for their annual client appreciation event. It brought together the combined forces of the Cavani String quartet and the Rich Shanklin Jazz Quartet of Cleveland to explore the metaphor of cultural difference, shared responsibility, technical precision, creativity and collaboration in music and business...
“Dominic Alldis used a musical vocabulary to make his points about collaboration, leadership and creativity that was totally on target and relevant for our business clients and attorneys at our firm. Our clients gave up many wonderful comments and were very appreciative of being invited to our event…"
Lawrence E. Oscar, CEO Hahn Loeser
Egon Zehnder is one of the world's top five top global executive search firms. For their 2011-14 Annual Partners Meetings they engaged Music & Management to provide the Fusion Experience at the Museé Jacquemart André in Paris. Each session comprised a performance and improvisation on the music of a famous classical composer followed by a group discussion about storytelling, legacy and creativity in both music and business.
"The musical evening is a real magical event. The beauty of it is how we learn the power of storytelling, how to put together a team of stars and with a few hints generate real teamwork, how to allow teams to alternate leadership at different moments, how to listen for the clues given to you by other team members. All of this is done in a very professional way. Feedback from the attendees was simply spectacular and it was an evening nobody will forget..."
Luis Hernán Cubillos, Partner, Egon Zehender
Petronas is an oil and gas company wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia, and is the 12th most profitable company in the world. In 2015, they engaged Music & Management to present The Fusion Experience. This cultural event comprised a string quartet and a jazz quartet, and considered the competing needs of reliability and hierarchy, as well as the autonomy and innovation needed within a thriving business.
"Collaboration drives creativity because innovation always emerges from a series of sparks – never a single flash of insight...
Keith Sawyer, Author of "Group Genius"
Egon Zehnder is one of the world's top five top global executive search firms, offering services and expertise in the fields of Executive Search, Board Consulting and Leadership Strategy Services.
For their 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Partners Meetings they engaged Music & Management to provide the Fusion Experience at the Museé Jacquemart André in Paris. Each session comprised a performance and subsequent improvisation on the music of a famous composer (Ravel, Satie and Chopin...). This was followed by a group discussion about storytelling, legacy and creativity in both music and business.
London Business School was founded in 1964 and is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world.
In 2010 LBS asked Music & Management to provide a series of jazz events for their Senior Executive Development Program, focusing on the special skills required to be a successful jazz musician - flexibility, speed of response, improvising within minimal structures, alternating between 'soloing' and 'supporting' roles, accommodating of errors and rotating leadership.
Oracle is the world's leading supplier of information management software, found in nearly every industry around the world and in 98 of the Fortune 100 companies.
In 2007 they asked Dominic Alldis to speak about jazz and team dynamics at a dinner for 50 European Directors at their Annual Conference in Geneva.
Sit within an orchestra, listen to a symphony and engage in an interactive discussion about leadership, trust, diversity and collaboration…
Hear a string quartet perform a classical masterpiece and discuss the process of preparation that leads to an exceptional performance...
Listen to a jazz band and engage in an interactive discussion about teamwork, flexibility and innovation within a fast-moving business environment…
Listen to a piano performance and engage in an interactive discussion about listening, communication, artistry and flow...
Hear a conductor and jazz musician talk about musical leadership, teamwork and creativity as a metaphor for the world of business...
Dinner courses are interspersed with three musical interludes - leadership and the orchestra, jazz and innovation, and an interactive musical activity...