Creative Leadership – more time at the same time

A short creative workshop – designed to help you move in(to) leadership.

What is time? How do we spend our time? How to get the most work done in the shortest time is a crucial question for companies. My workshop explores that question in a creative way.

By Mette H Kirkegaard (MA in Rhetoric) – writer, musician and move´n yoga instructor.

I have developed the skill of moving people with my words and music and with more than 2,000 hours of yoga and 500 hours of 5Rhythms dance experience, I was suddenly invited (without any time for preparation) to deliver a workshop in creative leadership. It was great fun and such a success that I’d like to tell you about it and, hopefully, repeat it one day.

We are in a large room, in groups of four or five. One woman is sitting. Another starts to move just her elbow. The music begins. People move their bodies in their own time and way. They move around this big, grey, empty industrial space until the music stops and a new lesson starts.

This first experience of working with people in leadership positions was at the Welfare in the Making Conference, an innovative initiative led by Public Entrereneurship, New Movement, Copenhagen Business School, CBS. The 25 adults I guided through movement, rhythm and time all held management positions in different companies. Through this workshop, our movements introduced us to each other in a new way. The participants gained an insight into the rhythms of life through dance and developed an awareness of how our feelings about the perception of time can differ.

Participants were introduced to the 5Rhythms movement developed by Gabrielle Roth. This inspires people of all ages, myself included, to be more open to life and, in this case, our understanding of time. We all danced our own steps which unfolded within five rhythms. In the workshop, participants could move all or just some parts of their bodies – a dance wasn’t expected, just movement.

I asked someone from the group to share a task that was urgent to them. One female particpant mentioned a problem centred around time – having enough time for her job. Next, I asked the participants to move to five music rhythms while being more aware of time.

The music followed a group – people found that time is more than ‘time’

I used Roth’s rhythm ideals as inspiration for the group. However, the way I applied the rhythms to is different from dancing rhythms. It’s disruptive. For example, only one group received music that directly fitted the rhythm. Buddha Bar music. During the workshop, I used a mix of modern classical, house and new age rhythms. One group had the music that works best with the movement called flow. At the same time, other participants had different sounds yet had to move to the same rhythm. It seems disruptive and does present a challenge to the brain.

After their movements, each group discussed what associations they had experienced through the dance. One participant mentioned: limitation / restriction. Another thought about the sky while a third realised that time is different from hour to hour throughout the day. The discovery of how differently we perceive time led the participants to discover that there are several ways to go about their leadership roles.

The creative leadership path is a good way to step out of comfort zones such as, for example, when a company wants a shift away from fixed ideas about processes. Movement creates curiosity and new ways of achieveing company goals. Going to work becomes more conscious.

The participants concluded that time is so much more than ‘time’.

Here´s what one participant said about experiencing curiosity and everyday management:

“It was both disruptive and emergent at the same time, setting small and big thoughts in motion. One of the effects arising from the welfare action day, “Creative Leadership” (Mette Kirkegaard) was a recognition.

When challenged a little, the body’s movements moved to a frontier between conventionally-bound social performances, and more aesthetic / playful performances (into the disruptive and emergent field).

These movements can create a new amazement or a potential awakening.

(The next associations were in the same direction as Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Blockhead Hans’ and the word, serendipity.)

And … basically all one needs is to be able to breathe and to have a body that can be moved (which is presumably easier said than done for many leaders.”

– Marcelo Ibanez, Deputy at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, Metropol

To find out more about this course:

CONTACT

Mette H. Kirkegaard

+4561701864

skype: angelicmoves

instagram: @mettemusic

 

 

 

Pladeselskabet Gateway laver playliste på Spotify: “Syng Dansk – Spil Dansk”

Gateway Music – udgiver af min musik og mange andres – har oprettet playlister på de største digitale tjenester.

Nu er anden playliste blevet lanceret på Spotify: “Syng Dansk – Spil Dansk” – et mix af gamle kendinge og nye dansksprogede sange i pop genren.

Man kan høre singlen Vidunderskyer af Mette Kirkegaard.

Første skud på stammen var en “Fællessang” playliste, inspireret af DR programmerne “Morgensang med Phillip Faber” samt “Fællessang – hver for sig”.

Håber du/I har lyst til at bakke op om hele projektet og vil dele samt følge (klik på hjertet) playlisten her:

Link til “Syng Dansk – Spil Dansk”

https://GW.lnk.to/SyngDansk

Det yndige i at følges ad, Asien og Corona

Kære alle

Corona var kendt i Asien i januar-februar, og selvom alle i Bangkok havde hørt om virusset, så var vi rejsende på danse- og talefod, og jeg lånte guitar og sang i mikrofon over for lokale på Bluebird Cafe i Bangkok og andre steder, i Surat Thani, Koh Tao, Kuala Lumpur og på Bali. Dengang havde man ikke bedt folk blive hjemme.

Faktisk frygtede jeg mere en forestående operation. Det frygtløse sind er nok en dumdristig side af en eventyrer, men hvor mange chancer har mennesker ikke taget i verdenshistorien…

Lige nu hører jeg fra mandlige kollegaer, at de er ved at bryde ud af “isolationscellen” alias familiehytten. Det kan forekomme naturstridigt at sidde hjemme, urhjernen er indstillet til kamp for overlevelse. Men nu er det de feminine omsorgskvaliteter, der får ordet i Danmark.

Dog er omsorgen over for dem, der bor alene i en anden form, de må ikke kramme andre i coronaugerne, mens familier stuver sig sammen hjemme eller ses gå hånd i hånd i gader og parker. Ja, der er meget at undres over. Kan de enlige redde vores land med et samfundssind for singler? Tage en krammefri periode for holdet? Vi kender ikke fremtiden. I Thailand er det ikke god stil at give hånd og kramme offentligt, måske det holdt tallene i landet nede.

Nu går jeg og glæder mig over en lettelse i min krop og i mit sind oven på den operation for tre uger siden, som man kan læse mere om længere nede. Nu er der ny energi til at sende opsamlingen her ud.

I nyhedsbrevet er et link til en halv times Tivolikoncert del 1

Vil man lytte til de samme sange, men fra albums, så tjek her:

Simple Matters fuldt album, fire hjerter i Politiken og fire stjerner i ****Gaffa
Foreign Pines/Frie Fyr
Love is to Blame
Im Still Alive
Crazy Love

Dry Wood – Ep med fire sange ****fire stjerner Gaffa
Dry Wood
Dont Make me Choose

Og så TIL DEN 10. MARTS, der blev jeg opereret på Riget for en stor muskelknude, et fænomen flere kvinder oplever, (tak for jeres sympati), og en tredjedel får så store gener, at man fjerner knuderne – det største fibrom var på størrelse med en tennisbold (Jeg har et foto, det ligner kunst, og jeg har jo selv skabt den), og det fyldte for meget – derfor havde jeg forberedt mig på 14 dage hjemme efter operationen. På Riget blir man udskrevet næsten straks. Det blev dog noget farligt at gå ud, som I ved, da coronakrisen begyndte for alvor. Nu er såret ved at heles, og det går bedre, og alt er godartet.

Så jeg tænker i disse dage på, hvordan jeg måske om føje tid kan optræde på hospices igen for døende og pårørende – dem må vi ikke glemme i disse tider – en værdig død må være det vigtige – på hospices kan man optræde i et fælles rum, mens alle beboere kan være på deres stuer og høre musikken og derved hindrer man evt. smittericisi, hvis nogen skulle bære corona.

Indtil videre ser vi jo alle tiden an – mange er hjemme. Hvis I har læse- og seerlyst, så har jeg haft en række musikalske oplevelser i Asien, som man kan læse mere om på nettet bl.a. på min instagram – fx spillede jeg med et fremragende band på Bali – tjek evt. Jeg har indspillet en del lyde fra Island og Asien og regner med at kunne følge op på det lidt senere på året.

Tjek insta: @mettemusic samt læs indlæg blog eller via: www.mettekirkegaard.com. Eller klik på billedet.


Foto Ubud Dansere, Bali
Foto topcover: Bear cafe, Surat Thani og Bluebird cafe. Bangkok
Se: video fra Tivoli

https://youtu.be/3tuftiaJyMU

og en sang her, Love is to Blame:

Med ønske om, at I alle kommer godt igennem de kommende coronauger!


Foto: cover jam fra Bali med det lokale Aboe band 


Foto: Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur – Bali

kh Mette

Tivoli – watch concert w. Mette Kirkegaard Trio – part 1 – 30 minutes

Here is the premiere of the first part of our Tivoli Concert – a 30 minutes from my band’s concert in Tivoli Copenhagen – please enjoy!
Booking +4561701864
Thanks to Henning Sjøstrøm for filming and Tivoli for raw sound
sync/mix Mette
Tivoli Gardens – concert – Mundo Monday event ´19
First set of original songs:
Mette Kirkegaard Trio feat. the Dreamers Mads Jørgensen, Søren Pedersen
Set list part one: Foreign Pines/Frie Fyr – Mette Kirkegaard/J. Wagner Dry Wood – Mette Kirkegaard/Brio T. Dont Make me Choose – Mette Kirkegaard/Brio T. Love is to Blame Mette Kirkegaard/tx to Kostas Im Still Alive – Mette Kirkegaard /tx to Kostas Crazy Love – Mette Kirkegaard