How can employers hear the background music?

Dec 13 009I got the chance to see the fantastic Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the V&A just before it closed at the weekend. I expected to be in for a visual treat ( and was not disappointed) but was interested to learn how much goes into getting the right costume/outfit for a role and the potential impact of getting it wrong.  This follows hot on the heels of a Radio 4 programme I listened to a couple of weeks ago about writing background music for an upcoming TV show. According to the programme description

“Music is an integral part of many multimedia projects, from stage, to film. It has the ability to work alongside the visual narrative, enhancing emotions, evoking locations, and can even provide the listener with otherwise unknown information about a character. “ 

To get the “picture” if I said Jaws or Psycho does any music spring to mind?

Both the costume designers and composers of film or tv music play important roles in the background. There are Oscar/Bafta nominations for them too. They  might not be well known names or famous faces but they have a potential to make a good movie great.

If we think about this in terms of the workplace generally there are people who work “behind the scenes”. When they do their job well there is a tendency for  nobody to notice.

I’ve seen the consequences of this from both sides

  •  the employee who doesn’t value the role they play in ensuring that things run smoothly 

and /or

  • the employer who does not notice or value  what their behind the scenes folk are doing

There is a huge emphasis on leadership right now and for many that is high profile and personality driven.  But there will  be a whole lot of leading and taking the lead in the back office that ensures that this is possible.

Over the past few years  I have been facilitating events for clients who want to hear from everyone in their team. division, specialism, location. We create an environment where everyone who wants to can contribute and those who are usually in the background get the chance to do that. I have watched as directors and new entrants engage in a discussion or managers from one department chat with team members from another.   The intention for an event might be to consider a plan and identify gaps or to review a recent project and recognise and develop skills that came out of that . Ideas for how to fill those gaps or for further learning and development are taken away with participants volunteering to lead or join a group to explore those further. Anyone can step up to do that.  It’s always interesting to hear who does and what happens next.

Good employers remember the quiet ones and find a way to engage with them and listen to their contributions. And it is just as important that when they do get the opportunity those who are not usually in the limelight take the chance to speak up.

If you would like to explore how to create and event where you can hear from your people or how to ensure that team members are confident to speak up and be heard in the first place why not get in touch for an exploratory chat.

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