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Harmonic Learning is a company with a purpose... Creating More Harmony In The World Through Learning. Our Harmonic Work-Styles Model, assessments, and learning programs provide individuals and organizations with a path to strengthen communication, increase interpersonal awareness, and heighten leadership skills.

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Harmonic Sharing

Harmonic Learning is happy to share some of our content, videos, worksheets and other information for you to use freely with your teams.

Question of the Week

Brian Lowell French

Hi Folks,

I’m happy to share with you an activity that I came up with decades ago in my management career and have used it ever since. I call it the “Question of the Week” and it is one of the most effective team-strengthening activities you can do with your team. And it’s also extremely easy and doesn’t take much time. Click the screenshot to download the tool.

Click the screenshot to open the PDF in a new window and then you can save it.

Click the screenshot to open the PDF in a new window and then you can save it.

It is simply using get-to-know-you types of questions, but doing so in a formal way as part of the regular team-meetings. It’s an amazing way to get the team-meetings started off with a strong feeling of “team” (and it helps the rest of the meeting go much better, even if the topic is a bit difficult).

This activity is included as part of our Harmonic Teaming Program and within our “Harmonic Team-Building: In the Bag” product (which the team receives during the Teaming program or can be ordered separately).

We stress that a key part of strengthening a team comes from creating familiarity among the team-members. Many teams unfortunately never take the time to get to know each other beyond the very surface areas of the workplace. People naturally feel more of a kinship and provide a greater level of support to those who they know well.

The relatively small amount of time that it takes for people to share their story during the team-meetings will pay dividends in many ways throughout the life of the team. It increases collaboration and productivity, and decreases misunderstandings and tension. This provides many practical benefits to the team and organization (in terms of both overall morale and happiness, to the obvious financial benefits).

Click the screenshot to download the document, and then enjoy the time getting to know and understand your team better.

Stay Curious,

Brian

Tuning Pegs

Brian Lowell French

Hi Folks,

If you’re wondering about the banner on the Blog site and the header on the documents, it is a close up picture of tuning pegs on a grand piano (the technical name is tuning pin, but many say peg). I took the picture at a church that we used to attend where I would occasionally play/sing during the service. It was a beautiful, older piano with classic craftsmanship.

The intricacy of parts and pieces within a grand piano must be adjusted perfectly to create harmony.

The intricacy of parts and pieces within a grand piano must be adjusted perfectly to create harmony.

Many people are unaware that there are actually multiple strings for each note on a piano (typically 3 for the higher notes, 2 for the mid-lower notes, then only 1 for the very low-bass notes) that must be precisely tuned to create the correct harmonic tones and overtones of the note (overtones being the secondary, complementary frequencies… the slight ringing noise).

All of the strings have to be tuned in a certain “temperament” to be compatible, where the tones at different frequencies will “beat” (the slight warbling when vibrating) in such a way that they resonate together properly. Most pianos today are tuned to what is called “equal temperament” which allows it to played in any key without too much disturbance in the tones and overtones.

When you look “under the hood” of a piano, it is fascinating to see the intricacy of the many parts and pieces and how they all must be perfectly adjusted to ensure the proper tone of the instrument is achieved.

I think this is a great analogy of a workplace, where it is equally fascinating to see the intricacy of the many people and groups and how they all must be perfectly adjusted to ensure the proper tone of the workplace is achieved.

When a piano is perfectly tuned, it creates a wonderful and complex resonance in the notes and harmonies. But if conditions cause it to go out of tune, it causes a harsh and unappealing dissonance in the notes.

When a work-team is perfectly tuned, there is a wonderful and complex resonance between the individuals that creates harmony. But if conditions cause the team to be out of tune, it causes a harsh and unappealing dissonance between the people.

Great leaders have an equal temperament and stay in tune regardless of conditions. Their message resonates with the team to create harmony. This is what it means to be a Harmonic Leader.

This is why I chose this particular picture as the banner for our Sharing Blog. The hope is that everything we share here will help you to become a Harmonic Leader.

Stay Tuned,

Brian

Note: If you’re a geek like me, you might enjoy reading a bit about piano tuning and how difficult of a process it is to ensure the instrument is perfectly in-tune.

Harmonic Sharing Blog Launch

Brian Lowell French

Hi Folks,

Welcome to the Harmonic Learning Sharing Blog. On this page you will find posts where we share some of our content, videos, worksheets and other information for you to use freely with your teams.

This sharing helps us to fulfill our purpose of Creating a Harmonic Workplace. Each post will include a tidbit that will strengthen your ability to be a Harmonic Leader.

If you find that a post is especially meaningful and helpful, please comment so we can see how it is helping you. And please share these posts with your friends and colleagues so they can partake as well.

Enjoy!

Brian