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Music for Team Leaders Induction


Dear All,

It's been some time since I posted a question but here I am back again. I'm running a Team Leaders Induction day where new Team Leaders are introduced to the structure of the organisation, their roles and the standard HR policies.

I'm looking for some appropriate music titles to use to make the day go with a swing.

Can any of you "with it" types give me some suggestions please?

Otherwise, it's back to the old Tina Turner favourite, "Simply the Best"!


Frank McGoldrick

10 Responses

  1. Oldie but goodie
    How about ‘Leader of the Pack’ by the Shangri La’s.

    Sorry – not what you were looking for, but I couldn’t resist. You could claim it’s so cheesy it’s come all the way back round to cool again!

  2. Music rights
    One major high street organisation was prosecuted for playing ‘simply the best’ as an intro to one of their events a couple of years ago. I believe the member of staff responsible is no longer with them!
    I am a great believer in not squashing the creative spirit, so please don’t give up on the music idea. But do watch out for copyright, licencing and broadcast rights.
    A good source of advice is:
    along with ‘Choosing and using music in training’ by Liz Brant and Tony Harvey.

  3. Sheryl Crow
    I’d recommend, with the copyright issue above in mind, Sheryl C’s ‘a Change (would do you good)’. Catchy!

  4. mmm…
    There’s always going to be a certain amount of cheese involved here but you’ve got (with tongue slightly in cheek) :

    Queen – We are the Champions
    Oasis – Roll with It
    Labi Sifre – Somthing Inside (so strong)
    Pink Floyd – Wish you were here
    Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

    or you could try and get them to write their own lyrics to a favourite song as an excercise…

  5. Lovely music

    Try “sentimental and melancholy” by Billie Holiday. Might get a laugh.

    If that doesn’t fit: “You can’t always get what you want” by the Stones, or “Celebration”, Kool and the gang.

    Good lcuk,

  6. Music for Team Leaders

    I recently ran a Coaching workshop for a group of senior Managers/Directors.
    I sent out the days’ agenda a few weeks before the group attended – allocating a section of the course to each individual, asking them to bring a piece of music that best describes their ‘chunk’ of the workshop. Along with a brief synopsis of why their piece of music desribes e.g. Learning Styles, SMART objectives. One example was for Communication in Coaching the delegate played Del Amitri – Always the Last To Know !!!

    We had a mixture of obscure, funny, cheesy and more serious explantations. It was a great day, diverse music, not the same old same old, and people heard music they may not necessarily listen to.

    Hope this is usful, have a great training day.

  7. Couldn’t resist …
    Here goes:

    Madness: House of fun
    Michelle McManus: All this time
    David Bowie: We can be heroes
    Aretha Franklin: Respect
    Stealer’s Wheel: Stuck in the middle
    Elton John: Sorry seems to be the hardest word
    Lenny Kravitz: It ain’t over till it’s over
    Little Eva: Locomotion
    Jimmy Somerville: You make me feel (mighty real)
    Fleetwood Mac: Don’t stop (thinking about tomorrow)
    The Who: Won’t be fooled again

  8. Don’t need words for the feel good factor…
    Why not go for Classical – how about Ride of the Valkyries?

  9. Don’t be cheesy!
    I find that using songs that are meant to have a message i.e. things can only get better etc. to be slightly cheesy and most people find them to be a joke. Generally I would go for something quite chilled to act more as background music. Look for tracks by either Air, royksopp or zero 7. There music works very well as a background. Also if you hear a song in an advert (which is where most chilled type songs are used) and you want to know what it is go to

    John Gavin
    Training Consultant

  10. Musical interpretation
    Can’t resist this:

    Oh yeah, I’m the Great Pretender – Elvis


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