INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO PROBLEM-SOLVING The key messages – that creativity is important right now, music can build resilience, and help team dynamics, communication and support inclusion – resonate particularly strongly in these Covid- stricken times. “I passionately believe that

everyone is creative,” says Paul Williamson, a qualifi ed learning and development professional and executive coach, whose personal mission is to use music, the arts and storytelling to bring out the best in people, and their passion and purpose, for the good of businesses as well as individuals. “To solve a problem, you have to

use your imagination and imagine a situation of what something could be like. It’s a form of creativity. We’ve honed these skills from childhood. But we need to reconnect with a sense of play. I’m really interested in bringing that out in adults. It can be incredibly liberating to crack something using your own resourcefulness. “Music can create space, evoke

thoughts and emotions, and allow us to access to our creativity and resourcefulness, and this gives us more of a toolbox for dealing with stress and problem-solving.”

UNDERSTANDING OUR OWN VOICE AND HOW WE SHOW UP AT WORK Paul Williamson’s impactful session based on psychology and structural dynamics guided participants through how to be aware of their personal voice and presence in a team, as well as ultimately off er a practical toolbox for how to continue “playing” in concert with other team members during disruption. Underpinning Paul Williamson’s

approach is the concept of the leitmotif – a recurring musical theme that represents a character, object or location. He invites participants

In the same way a fi lm or musical

score highlights important elements of the story, the webinar invites us to fi nd out what our individual score might be, what other people would hear as a consequence and ultimately how our personal score serves us.

LISTENING AND HEARING This approach also off ers us an understanding of what drives our teammates as individuals, giving us insight into their workstyle and purpose. Knowing this means we can see more clearly others’ perspectives, which supports inclusion and better decision making. Developing this self-awareness

to consider what

their theme would sound like. He off ered three excerpts of specially- composed music, from a march in 4/4 time, to gently fl owing music, to a dynamic arrangement, each with signature workstyles and beliefs, and asked us to consider which one we would identify most closely with.

of our individual voice and what motivates us through the metaphor of music, and understanding how we show up to work and the impact we make, can help us hear our teammates and play alongside each other in a more productive and harmonious way. “If there are clashing themes

and confl ict in a meeting, for example, people stop listening to each other,” said Paul. “A composer would orchestrate a suite and a bridge between all themes, very much like the credits at the end of the fi lm, which blends all the themes and brings them to a conclusion. The real-life equivalent of this is asking diff erent questions of each domain at diff erent times. “I think understanding yourself

through music is a very powerful tool in professional development, as well as being aware of what themes other people bring to the room. As with an orchestra, it’s about balance, moving things forward and bringing out diversity of thought, important more so now than ever.”



Listen to the full playback of the webinar to experience Paul Williamson’s practical session in full and build your own toolbox to bring out the best in your team.

“ Music can create space, evoke thoughts and emotions, and allow us to access to our creativity and resourcefulness”


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