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Our Method

Transformative Learning Experiences Using Music.

Complexity is at the heart of our global landscape. Traditional linear thinking and analytical skills only address so much of the problems.

We’ve been taught to unlearn our innate creativity and convergent skills. While theory can be learned passively, emotional intelligence and skills including adaptability and creativity can only be nurtured and explored through practice and experiential learning.

Our learning experiences incorporate both creative and analytical thinking. They motivate and engage participants to be at the centre of discovering their own insights. Self direction and coaching is at the heart of what we do. Learners experience competence in managing complexity and change in a positive, inspiring way.

BENEFITS OF OUR PROCESS

The creative nature of our experiences drives participation and creates a common platform and narrative for everyone to discuss change in a positive way. It opens up authenticity of our behaviours, and helps participants explore and build self-awareness of authentic emotional intelligence and teamworking skills. Within the process, participants are provided a rich pool of insights to process and elicits a framework for them to transfer back to their workplace and life.

In the process, as participants are actively guided in team coaching scenarios to collaborate and ultimately produce a positive result, they experience shifted mindsets of what is possible in terms of approaching pharmacy complex challenges, their relationship to creativity and innovation, and leadership. Risk taking is within the context of a safe, problem solving challenge rallied around the narrative of music.

WHY MUSIC?

Music is our collective language. It’s universal and connects all of us.

“I remember going to see Andrea Bocelli, the opera singer. I had never been to a classical concert in my life. But I am watching this and thinking about the co-ordination and the teamwork — one starts and one stops, just fantastic. So I spoke to my players about the orchestra — how they are a perfect team.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, CBE, Manager of Manchester United

 

Music is a powerful narrative for discussing key issues and change. It’s our collective language and provides a positive and powerful platform for collaborating in our most authentic form. It’s also a powerful metaphor for demonstrating true high performance teamwork and creative leadership. Stix applies the practices and successes of musicians to leadership and team development.

What we’ve found over the past ten years running our programmes is that we all have an inherent drive towards collaboration. What’s powerful about stix is that participants are able to actively demonstrate this themselves, making our sessions very transformational and engaging.

You can read more about our approach for education here.

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SOLUTIONS

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.

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SOME TESTIMONIALS

  • 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

    Alcatel-Lucent

    "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

    Hudson

    "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

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

WHY WORK WITH US?

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.
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