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Organizational Excellence Through Music

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We improve a meetings performance through remarkable friendly entertainment!

Energize Your Workforce — Engage Their Creativity — Music Teamwork Consulting — Innovation and Music  

March 2014 Press Release (click here)

Cutting edge music teamwork consulting that engages your people with innovation and music as they write and perform original songs about their business issues, and move into action to make an impact on those issues in innovative, creative ways. In addition to providing conference music, our world-renowned signature program brings event music with a teamwork consulting component for fun and results.   Get Your People Up On the Stage.

OETM is a collaboration between great musicians and experienced organizational consultants who bring a uniquely powerful mix to clients’ programs and events. And while we are definitely entertaining, we are not mere entertainment. Rather our music events are a powerful catalyst for teamwork and organizational change — using a variety of musical genres as our toolkit — to help organizations become higher performing, more innovative, and just plain cooler places to work.

How It Works

Organizational Excellence Through MusicOETM is a powerful, interactive process that uses team development to bring people to the next level of engagement – out of their heads, out of the box, and into a more powerful place of participation. And while we are definitely entertaining, we are not mere entertainment. Rather, we are a powerful catalyst for change – using the blues, and a variety of musical genres as our team development toolkit – to help organizations become higher performing.  

Each OETM event is customized for the specific needs of your organization. We work with you to get clear on your objectives and how you would like them to be supported. As part of the process, we write a custom song for you. This song will be performed as part of your program, priming the business innovations pump as your people get ready to write their own songs. It also serves as a check point to verify that we understand what your event and/or team development issues are.   The format and duration of each program ranges from a 2-hour after-dinner edutainment to a multi-day training and consulting intervention program. The focus is on your people getting an opportunity to identify their key issues, and express them in collaboration with their teammates in a blues song.

The process helps put issues on the table, helps identify common ground, and causes a reframing of the issues and your people’s perspective on them as they work together to craft the lyrics of their songs. And they have a great time doing it.   In longer sessions we take time to explore the issues, brainstorming business innovations, looking at new processes, and finding empowering ways to go beyond the business blues.  OETM is facilitated by experienced organizational/team development consultants including skilled blues musicians.  

“In tune with the needs of corporate America” is how CNN described us. And as our many Fortune 500 clients tell us, we are perfect for team development, corporate messaging, new product launches, sales rallies, learning retreats, change initiatives, company celebrations, and business innovations off sites.   Yes OETM is fun. Yes OETM is energizing. And, yes OETM is cathartic. But even more than that, it’s a powerful learning experience. How so? Because the process of writing and singing a meaningful blues song – in a room full of co-workers, on demand, and under challenging time constraints requires the same skills and competencies that will be expected of your entire organization in the rapidly changing marketplace.  For example: collaboration, communication, teamwork, business innovations, creativity, decision-making, leadership, “followership”, generating-accessing-and implementing ideas quickly, and producing results in an unfamiliar medium with limited resources in a short amount of time. 

Bottom line: each OETM event is an insight-invoking business simulation, a “holographic mirror” in which your workforce gets a good look at how they,  

Respond to unexpected business opportunities Challenge the status quo
Make use of available resources Think outside the box
Improvise  Diffuse stress
Take risks Problem-solve
Process new information Communicate
Experiment  Speak the truth 
Learn from feedback Get new products to market
Adapt to change Persevere 
Collaborate Experience freedom within structure

  
and, of course...Celebrate success

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Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is the first corporate entertainment producer to receive a testimonial from Eddie Money who stated, "I always feel like I'm in good hands when working with Mark Sonder Productions…Mark really knows his stuff."

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Clients

American Bankers Association

American Brands

American Dental Association

American Heart Association

American Express

American Library Association

American Standard

Anne Klein & Co.  

AT&T  

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Professional Memberships

• American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), Front Royal/VA affiliate, founding member

• Assn of Ent'ment Professionals (AEP), founding member

• Int'l Assn of Venue Mgrs (IAVM)

• International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA)

• International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)

• International Institute for Sustainable Tourism (IIST)

• Meeting Professionals Int'l (MPI)