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, 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.
The English College in Valladolid was founded in 1589 for the training of Catholic priests for the English and Welsh Mission.
In 2006 the college organized a conference of bishops and cardinals entitled "Leadership in the Catholic Church". They asked Music & Management and the Pavao Quartet to provide an evening of music and discussion about leadership and communication within both classical music and jazz. The event was introduced by the Head of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, Cardinal Murphy O’Connor.
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.
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.
Unilever is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company.
In 2003 they engaged Dominic Alldis and the Pavao String Quartet to give an after-dinner presentation for their Senior Worldwide Buyers Forum. They wanted totalk about shared responsibility, passion, preparation and the pursuit of excellence. "The Classical Experience" combined an interactive discussion with a performance of Ravel's String Quartet in F.
WPP is the world's largest advertising group, employing over 150,000 people across 2000 offices in 107 countries, including Ogilvy & Mather, Hill & Knowlton, Group M, Kantar, Young & Rubicam, Landor Associates and J Walter Thompson.
Since 2007, the Orchestra Experience has been part of WPP’s worldwide leadership development program. The orchestral event has been delivered over 100 times in more than 40 worldwide locations including Athens, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Bogota, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Istanbul, Jakata, Kuala Lumpur, Lima, London, Lucerne, Malmo, Milan, Mexico, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shangai, Toronto and Warsaw. The event combines a live orchestral performance with discussion about trust, listening and agility within music and business.
In 2018, WPP also introduced the Fusion Experience into it's leadership development program to explore the contrasting need for strategic alignment and creativity autonomy.
Sit within an orchestra, listen to a symphony and engage in an interactive discussion about leadership, collaboration and diversity…
Hear a string quartet perform a classical masterpiece and discuss the process of preparation that leads to exceptional performance...
Listen to a jazz band and engage in an interactive discussion about teamwork, disruption and innovation within a fast-moving business environment…
Listen to a piano performance and engage in an interactive discussion about listening, communication, flow and passion...
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...