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Leadership Development

We work with teams to explore and understand effective leadership styles by modelling successful music groups. Our structured simulations require teams to apply these leadership styles to a variety of music based problems and identify back-to-work applications. Our programs are designed for leadership development, employee engagement and team development. Each program is customised to address the unique challenges of the team.


With a growing need for flexible leaders and versatile teams, we’ve replicated scenarios which necessitate adaptability and creativity. Teams combine analytical and creative skills and are encouraged to take risks, prototype ideas and reflect on their own experiences.

Creating music mirrors many of the complex challenges teams in business are faced with. Similar skills are utilized in the process and the need for effective leadership and team competencies are uncanny. We’re yet to find a human who doesn’t like music. It’s our universal language, enjoyed by everyone, which makes it the perfect platform for engaging teams in leadership development. Learn more about our approach here.

Participants walk away with:

  • Insights into leadership
  • Transferable applications for problem solving
  • Self awareness of own leadership style
  • Formulas for adaptability and creativity

Some areas we explore:

  • Managing change and complexity
  • Adaptability
  • Creative leadership

Contact us now to discuss this within your next Leadership Development initiative.

Programs at A Glance

STIX | Leadership Experience

Jazz groups break traditional boundaries by embracing change and encouraging each other to take risks. In contrast, the symphony orchestra prepares meticulously under a strict, vertical leadership structure which ensures absolute precision and accuracy in their performance. By exploring the relationship between musical genres and their leadership styles, teams can get real practical examples of how to build the perfect team for each task. Music is a product of it’s leadership and this programme is a fun and engaging way of exploring applications of leadership.

Jazz Insights | Connecting Jazz with Organisational Development


Jazz is an art-form born out of the pursuit of change. Both worlds fit neatly together. Organisational Development and transformation is all about change.

Connecting and Collaborating with the world and building a platform as a dialogue for everyone to connect and build change is difficult in this world of globalized business. Learn more


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About Duncan McKee

I'm a jazz pianist, television composer & educator. I share the stage with some of the worlds best musicians.

I compose soundtracks for television networks such as HBO and The Discovery Channel and I also write for my own trio The Duncan McKee Trio and multi-cultural group Tembusu.

I'm fascinated by music and its collaborative effect on people. When I'm not on stage playing music I'm very often on stage talking about it.



  • Nico Balschuweit, Manager Sales Learning and Development

    FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa

    "The session was excellent and will be remembered for a long time. You brought the energy of our team to a different level. We all enjoyed it. Well done and thank you again!!"

  • Simon Lau, Head of Leadership Development, Group Learning and Talent Development

    Standard Chartered Bank

    “I have worked with Duncan on numerous occasions to support large scale leadership development events. He brings a unique energy to the way he engages with the audience to provide a leadership and team experience out of the ordinary. His natural passion for music comes across clearly as he translates this into his work."

  • Rosina Wickart, Senior Director, Commercial Procurement EMEA

    Johnson & Johnson

    "We engaged Duncan and his stix programme to help build conversations within our group. We were looking for a unique way to improve the team’s performance and build on communication. The result was a fully-engaging and insightful meeting that shifted our perceptions of what was achievable. Duncan challenged our ideas of leadership and teamwork, and we could not have predicted such positive results."

  • Nick Hutton, CMO


    "stix was a revelation - everything that we hoped for happened … high energy, motivation, teambuilding, dynamism, no cultural boundary and fun - everyone enjoyed the STIX experience so much that it was voted the top session at the conference."

  • Stephanie Cross-Wilson, CEO


    "Thanks again for an outstanding performance yesterday.  It was just brilliant.  You are really lucky being able to have a career in something that you clearly love doing - and it shows in the quality of the work that you do."

Conferences and Events
Create learning and motivational impact with world-renowned conference music teambuilding and engagement programmes

Leadership Development
Explore adaptability and innovation skills with our powerful simulations

Team Development
Break down team silos and create conversations to drive change in global teams and engagement programmes

Inspiring presentations on creative leadership and change using music and engagement programmes


Global Experience

We’ve worked with global teams in 15 countries, across four continents and numerous industries. Our unique experience working in cross-cultural organisations in Asia, Europe and the US has provided us with the perspective global teams and global leaders need.

Creative Experts

We are creativity, engagement and large group facilitation experts. We're also creative practitioners, researchers, coaches and social scientists. We provide learning impact in an intelligent, and transformative way from the perspective of a real artist.

Customised Programs

We research, design, develop and facilitate all our own programs. This gives us the ability to customise each programme with our clients to reflect the organisational context. Every team has a unique set of challenges and we believe each programme design should reflect this.