Leadership and Collaboration
The Orchestra Experience is an interactive 90-minute event with a live orchestra that explores transformational leadership, collaboration, diversity and creativity through the metaphor of music.
The participants are seated within the orchestra from where they can witness the extraordinary power of music to convey ideas and emotions. The session begins with a performance of an inspiring piece of symphonic music, giving the participants an opportunity to observe the pivotal role of the conductor and the extraordinary interplay between the players. This is followed by a series of carefully crafted exercises that facilitate a discussion between the participants, conductor and musicians about how playing in an orchestra mirrors a business environment.
The Orchestra Experience has been an integral part of WPP's learning and development program since 2005. It has been delivered over 150 times in over 40 global locations and explores the importance of active listening, diversity and inclusive leadership.
"After two intensive days of self-discovery and expanding their leadership mindset and skills, participants arrive at the orchestral interlude -- always, the program's crescendo. You bring to life what leadership embodies, inspiring our leaders to stretch to their fullest potential. Your insights about collaboration and trust resonate powerfully with our leaders in the context of their teams and the business. In their words, "transformative and empowering" - elevating their sense of purpose and a shared responsibility for the work and for their teams. Simply magical..."
Lynne Mueller, Director of Worldwide Training, WPP
In 2021, 2022 and 2023 the US law firm White & Case has engaged Music & Management to provide The Orchestra Experience for their newly appointed partners. Participants have the opportunity to listen to a classical symphony and engage in an interactive discussion about diversity and the mindset of an inclusive leader.
"It was truly a delight to have this experience with you Dominic. Thank you…"
Hugh Verrier, CEO, WHITE & CASE
Between 2007-20 Columbia Business School engaged Music & Management to provide The Orchestra Experience for Deutsche Bank’s newly appointed managers. Participants listened to the Chelsea Symphony of New York play a classical symphony, and then engaged in an interactive discussion about leadership, teamwork and creativity within the workplace.
"A large part of the beauty of the Orchestra Experience is that it allows participants to really feel the difference that leaders can make. It is one thing to tell executives that they have to be a step ahead of those they lead, or that micromanaging strangles motivation and creativity. But it is immensely more powerful to show them, and indeed allow them to hear, the disappointing product of the reactive leader or the micromanager…"
Paul Ingram, Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
For the Elsevier 2018 Leadership Conference in Berlin, they invited Music & Management to present The Orchestra Experience . 200 senior leaders heard Berlin's finest orchestral musicians perform Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and engaged in an interactive discussion about leadership, agility and trust within music and business.
"We included The Orchestra Experience in our senior management conference and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The impact on our most senior leadership was profound, and sitting within the orchestra allowed our leaders to truly experience the impact of effective management. Many participants stated that they will remember this experience vividly for years…"
Amanda Kunevich, Global Talent VP, Elsevier
In May 2016 Kimberly-Clark Corporation invited Music & Management to provide The Orchestra Experience to 650 of their senior executives in Dallas, Texas. The delegates heard The Plano Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s First symphony and a keynote about musical leadership, cooperation and performance.
"Dominic Alldis's command of his profession rivals that of any senior business leader. His ability to connect key business principles like trust, respect, and execution was brought to life through the Orchestra Expeirence. Respectfully, one of the most unique and enjoyable presentations your team will ever witness and be sure to remember..."
John K Millis, Vice President, Kimberly Clark Corporation
ArjoHuntleigh is a global medical technology company serving the needs of acute and long-term care.
In 2015 they invited Music & Management to present The Orchestra Experience for their top 100 senior executives at their annual conference in Vienna. Dominic Alldis conducted the Reconsil Sinfonietta in a performance of Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony. This was followed by a discussion about leadership, teamwork and innovation within music and business.
Music & Management has collaborated with Columbia Business School since 2007, providing the Orchestra Experience for the Advanced Management Program (AMP).
Participants are drawn from a wide range of companies including Deutsche Bank, Boeing Corporation and Namura Bank. A classical piece is played by the Chelsea Symphony of New York followed by in an interactive discussion about leadership, teamwork and integrity in business today.
Credit Suisse engaged Music & Management in 2006 to present the Orchestra Experience to 100 senior managers from Mergers & Acquisitions at their headquarters in London.
The participants listened to an orchestra play excerpts from Mozart's 29th Symphony and then observed the impact of contrasting leadership styles, non-verbal communication and collaboration producing exceptional musical results.
Deutsche Bank employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and is one of the largest investment banks in the world.
Since 2007, Columbia Business School have engaged Music & Management to provide the orchestra experiences for Deutsche Bank’s newly appointed managers. Participants listen to excerpts of a classical symphony played by the Chelsea Symphony of New York and engage in an interactive discussion about leadership, teamwork and integrity in the workplace.
Ebay is a multinational e-commerce corporation based in San Jose, California that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website. It is multibillion-dollar business with operations in over 30 countries.
Leadership eBay was set up in 2005 to provide leadership, teambuilding and creativity programs for senior management at eBay, Paypal and Skype. Music & Management was a key element of their overall leadership development strategy and engaged to provide the Orchestra Experience from 2005 and 2013.
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare and open science for the benefit of humanity. Their products and services includes software and data-management, instruction and assessment tools.
For their 2018 Leadership Conference in Berlin, they invited Music & Management to present the Orchestra Experience to 200 of their senior leaders. They heard Berlin's finest orchestral musicians perform Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, interspersed with an interactive discussion about leadership, agility and trust within music and business.
Google is the second most valuable brand in the world with a mission statement "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful".
In 2011, Google invited Music & Management to provide the Orchestra Experience for 250 creators as part of their Annual Learning & Development Summit.
Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy is one of the world's largest luxury conglomerates comprising brands such as Givenchy, Veuve Clicquot, Tag Heuer and DFS.
In 2011, Music & Management was asked to provide the orchestral experience for worldwide HR Directors of LVMH at The Pavillon Royale in Paris. Dominic Alldis conducted Paris Virtuosi in excerpts of Beethoven's 1st Symphony and discussed leadership, communication and creativity in music and business.
Morgan Stanley is one of the world's leading investment banks.
In 2008, they asked Music & Management to deliver the Orchestra Experience to board members hosted by CEO John Mack. This was followed by an event in New York for 230 newly-appointed Managing Directors. They listened to a performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and an interactive discussion about effective teamwork, integrity and inspirational leadership.
NovoNordisk is a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Denmark. Key products include diabetes care medication and hormone replacement therapy. In 2017 they invited Music & Management to provide the Orchestra Experience for their leadership conference in Copenhagen.
The Vaillant Group is a global market and technology leader in the fields of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technology. It employs over 12,000 people worldwide.
For their 2018 Leadership Conference in Berlin, they invited Dominic Alldis of Music & Management to present The Orchestra Experience to their top 200 leaders. A performance of Schubert’s 5th Symphony played by some of Berlin's finest orchestral musicians was combined with an interactive discussion about reliability and resilience within music and business. The engagement was arranged by Vorn Consulting (Hamburg).
What If is an innovation consultancy, inventing new products, brands, and business models to help companies build their own innovation capabilities and cultures.
In 2010 they engaged Music & Management to present "The Orchestra Experience" for their client Pfizer. Dominic Alldis conducted the Chelsea Symphony of New York in Beethoven’s 1st Symphony and led an interactive discussion about collaboration and trust within orchestras.
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