Ben Hines founded Moving Performance in 2009 bringing together his two passions: people development and music. He uniquely combines his 13 years of commercial experience in the financial and legal sectors with his own musical abilities as a semi-professional orchestral French horn player.

"Ben has an amazing ability to bond teams around a cause through music. It really needs to be experienced to be believed and understood. It is beautiful, uplifting and long-lasting. Ben has a very special gift that he is generous enough to share.”RENE CARAYOL, MBE*

Working with some of the world's leading companies, Ben has used music to help both executive boards and emerging leaders to reflect on their strengths and those of others, to move toward more collaborative a...

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Change Management
Change can be difficult.

It could be the result of an M&A or perhaps you have a new leadership team. Maybe you're wanting to shift your business paradigm. Mismanage the transition and your business will lose productivity.

One of the most significant challenges facing businesses today is how to bring your people with you through these times. Most leaders are good at communicating change rationally. But change is also emotional.
We can help you get under the skin of the issue.

Our creative solutions help teams express how they feel about change, and allow them to develop a greater understanding of how they can work together more effectively in a changing environment.

Time and again we've seen people embrace change, quickly and more effectively, leading to increased engagement and more productivity. We'll help you speak both to the hearts and minds of your people, to get everyone singing from the same songsheet.

Effective Communication
Communication is the heart of good business.

Listening to needs. Expressing opinion. Voicing solutions. Communication is complex and subtle. And as many leaders will well know, the success of your business can depend as much on the nuance of non-verbal communication as much as it does on clear verbal communication.

We find that in the complexity and nuance of music, there's a lot of crossover with business.
By creating and performing music together with your teams, we'll help you take the communication skills of a successful string quartet or a sell-out rock band and transfer them to your teams.

Leadership Growth
You're under the pressure of expectation to perform.

The spotlight is on you to empower a large group of exceptionally talented, emotional individuals. You have to lead them in working together as a single, multi-disciplinary, high performing team. Right here. Right now.

How would you do it?

For an orchestral conductor this is a daily task. We'll show you and your leaders how conductors lead musicians to play at their very highest capability under pressure. By taking musical leadership as a model for business leadership, and creating role-play scenarios where you are expected to lead and inspire a high performing team, we'll explore with you how to you can get the highest standards of performance from your teams, and exceed the expectations of your clients.

Team Development
Teamwork is essential to business success.

Without collaboration in music you get a cacophony. Without co-operation in business you get chaos. We know that teamwork doesn't always come naturally or easily, but we have fun, motivational, rewarding and memorable solutions that will build relationships in your teams.

We'll help your teams achieve the impossible together.

Keeping your specific business objectives in mind, we'll get even the least musical of your people writing and performing music with their colleagues. We offer bespoke musical experiences that will stretch your teams and help them learn the vital skills of working effectively together.

Emotional Awareness
The nuance is as important as the note.

Without emotion, music is flat and dull. Many successful organizations have realized that without emotional intelligence, their business is weaker. Strengthening the emotional quotient in your people will help them to lead co-operative and collaborative teams.
Music opens up emotions in a non-threatening and accessible way.

Taking your business objectives, we'll connect to the heart of the issues you and your people face. Using music we'll facilitate how emotional intelligence can help to move your organization forwards.

Vision Creation
There's no sound without a score.

Having a clear plan is key to good business. But more than that, is having a clear vision. With a score in front of them, an orchestra can play the right notes at the right time. But with an inspiring conductor leading the score, they create music.

We can help you transform your plan into a vision, using music as the metaphor for encouraging, inspiring and empowering your people to move into a successful future.

 

All of Ben’s speech topics listed on attached pages can be delivered through any of these performance offerings:(Also available for half day and full day trainings, please contact ESB for rates and details)

“Original Song Writing” Conference Package
Time: 90 minutesThe output is an original song composed and written by the client and Moving Performance, to capture the essence of the client’s commercial objectives and conference themes. Based on one of the attached topics, an interactive and inspirational leadership keynote is designed to address the key themes, and to empower participants to step up and go for it.  From these themes an original song is created.  The original song is rehearsed and performed by the whole conference alongside a professional band. This is recorded and a final mixed version is sent back to the client for internal use following the event. 

"Song Writing"
Conference Package, 3-4 hours for audiences less than 500 people 
Time: 3-4 hoursFollowing an inspiring and interactive Keynote from Ben Hines based on one of the attached speech topics, the conference is divided into several teams who go away re-write well known songs with content relevant to the conference themes. They later give live performances alongside a professional band. All delegates participate, achieving remarkable results in a short period of time. The process requires everyone to “go for it”, which is a powerful demonstration that the unexpected can happen, and in turn inspires them towards their commercial goals.

“Know the Score® Keynote”
Conference Package with Quintet, 60-120 minutes
##This programme can be utilized with 5 to75 musicians.  
Ben Hines presents an abridged version of his world-class leadership programme Know the Score® with a leading orchestral quintet on stage. It is designed to demonstrate how a world-class team achieves consistency in performance. Delegates are challenged to think and consider how they can apply the same principles into their own context.  Participants leave with tangible actions to apply back in the work place. 

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  • Why Leadership Matters — Developing Your Leadership Style
    Why Leadership Matters — Developing Your Leadership Style
    Feb 04, 2016

    Using Music To Inspire Great Leaders
    We work with businesses and organisations currently facing transition as well as equipping wise leaders to prepare for change before it happens. Through our conferences we’ve seen people embrace change, quickly and more effectively, leading to increased engagement and more productivity. Our creative solutions help teams express how they feel about change, and allow them to develop a greater understanding of how they can work together more effectively in a changing environment.

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    Why Leadership Matters — Developing Your Leadership Style
    Feb 04, 2016

    This Series looks at why leadership is still important in an increasingly diverse and democratic workplace. We’d like to invite you to consider your own leadership style and invest in your leadership development. In turn you’ll be able to engage those around you and together you can reach your personal goals as well as your corporate objectives.
    We’re going to look at five areas of leadership with the potential to change the way you do business. This week: Developing Your

    Leadership Style
    ONE – What Kind Of Leader Are You?
    Have you ever wondered what kind of leader you are? Or what kind of leader you’d like to become? Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. At it’s simplest level leadership is influence and most people demonstrate it on some level in some sphere of their life. However the ability to identify and develop leadership skills – particularly your own – requires attention, commitment and courage.

    Discovering Your Leadership Style
    One of the best resources we’ve found for discovering your leadership skills is Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O Clifton. The book shows readers “what environments they flourish best in and helps them to make changes around them, how managers can better cultivate their employee’s talents, and how organizations inhibit the talents of their people and need to change.”

    We’ve found it helpful to understand why you do what you do the way you do it! We use a number of these principles in our work where we use music to inspire the changes necessary to bring out the best performance in ourselves and those around us.

    Leadership That’s Fit For Purpose
    There are different schools of thought on styles of leadership. However it doesn’t matter whether there are Six Kinds or Four Kinds. What really matters is what style of leadership fits you. What works you in your current role, what works for your team and its purpose, and whether that fits your organisation and the season that it’s in.


    Ultimately it doesn’t matter what your leadership style is. From the corporate to the charity sector, from the hospitality to publishing industries, every organisation has room for every type of leadership. Just not all at the same time. It would be of no benefit to your company for you to demonstrate great visionary leadership at a time when it needs a steady hand for a season. Or to micro-manage a department if what’s needed is the freedom to innovate in order to expand. Good leadership is as much about your surroundings as it is about your strengths.

    Winston Churchill is considered by historians to be one of the greatest leaders of the last century. “Churchill was an effective leader and statesman because of his tremendous ability to inspire people; his unique strategic insight; his relentless passion; and his imperturbable personality.”


    However although he was a good leader for war he was not the leader for peace. The electorate no longer wanted to feel the safe hands of a father-figure and to be reminded of hardship and austerity. They wanted to feel the hope and freedom of recovery. His leadership skills weren’t needed any more.


    “Politicians are often rejected by voters because they have failed in office. But one of the reasons why Churchill lost the general election in 1945 was because he had succeeded in completing the almost superhuman task he had taken on in 1940, and in a way this made him redundant.”


    In September 2015 Ralph Lauren stepped down as CEO from the clothing empire he founded over 50 years ago. He handed the reins to “Stefan Larsson, a rising retail star credited with reviving Gap Inc.’s Old Navy brand, to take over as chief executive officer.
    The stock jumped 14 percent on Wednesday to $118.16, the biggest gain in more than nine years, underscoring the sentiment among investors that while Lauren is still the creative mind behind the iconic brand, a younger successor with turnaround credentials was needed to take on new challengers such as fast-fashion rivals and online merchants.”


    Great leaders are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They recognise where and when their skills are most useful. They are able to respond appropriately and with courage in order to face the next challenge.

    Leading Yourself Well
    This Series looks at Leadership and five key areas of development for leaders. In particular it’s about knowing your leadership style and having the awareness and ability to demonstrate your leadership in the circumstances you find yourself in. It’s about recognising that leadership is less about skills and more about behaviour. It’s not do as I say, but do as I do.

    We instinctively tend to trust and follow those people who are authentic versions of themselves. People who live up to the hype. We might start by aspiring to emulate those with influence and affluence above and beyond our own. However if – at a closer glance – we find that they have shattered personal lives, the cost ceases being worth the goal.

    We want success but we may come to measure that success differently. What we need for enduring success is to build a foundation of good health, good relationships, and good living. In fact, learning how to lead ourselves well is the most important step towards leading others. It’s an inevitable outcome: if you do your job well, you will enable others to do their job well, and very simply put, that is what leadership is all about.


    What Leadership Isn’t
    Leadership isn’t just about getting things done. That’s Management – it’s short-term, it’s goal-orientated. Peter Drucker stated, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
    Leadership isn’t short-term but it recognises how we do things today effects results tomorrow. It’s harder work but ultimately more rewarding and productive. The side-effects of good leadership are fruitful and far-reaching, as opposed to management which is effective but limited to the present. Management is not about the future. If you’re not going anywhere, you have nowhere to lead people to.

    Leadership isn’t day-dreaming. It’s always about what’s next but it’s sufficiently present to engage with people where they are at, in order to go with them to where they need to get to. Enabling each person to do what they do best. For the benefit of the team, project or organisation.

    Leaders Can Change
    In our Know the Score® programme, we work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which enables us to provide our delegates with the experience of being up close to world-class performers. Recently, a corporate leader taking part in one of our sessions observed the conductor demonstrating different styles of leading the orchestra – some more controlling or more fluid.
    We then asked the orchestra how the conductor’s different styles of leadership affect them as players. One of the players explained that during the detailed conducting it left him feeling dis-empowered; he felt that he wasn’t trusted. The delegate saw something of himself in that leadership style and the negative impact it was having on his team and was inspired to change.

    Key Leadership Skills – Whatever Your Style
    Leadership is about service – towards the organisation or mission – rather than about being served by those you lead which is counter-productive and potentially destructive. Service as a leadership skill might seem counter-intuitive. However over-dominant leadership generally causes people to resist and push back against it which becomes self-defeating.Leadership is visionary. It’s been said that the only difference between a visionary and lunatic is that the visionary was right! However great leaders are grounded. They root their dreams in reality. They surround themselves with pragmatists, strategists, and activists to visualise and communicate where they’re going and what needs to be done to get there. They believe in the future they see – whether it’s a small thing like the release of a new product or the transition of a company from one stage to the next – and they are able to communicate it and what it takes to get there.Leaders are an enabling force, releasing potential in others. Because leaders see beyond what is front of them, they want others to see that too and if your team are only seeing what they are capable of today, they won’t step into what they are going to be asked of tomorrow.Next in our Series on Why Leadership Matters is Teamwork – How to Lead a Successful Team

    Using Music To Inspire Great Leaders
    We work with businesses and organisations currently facing transition as well as equipping wise leaders to prepare for change before it happens. Through our conferences we’ve seen people embrace change, quickly and more effectively, leading to increased engagement and more productivity. Our creative solutions help teams express how they feel about change, and allow them to develop a greater understanding of how they can work together more effectively in a changing environment.

  • Why You Should Prepare Yourself for Change
    Why You Should Prepare Yourself for Change
    Jan 25, 2016

    A new year means new opportunities. At the very least it’s a chance to raise our head above our desks, survey our surroundings and if we’re facing an all too familiar scenario, perhaps determine whether a new direction is required. But what if that change is unwelcome or just something you’re not ready for yet? Being prepared for the unexpected may seem like an unattainable goal or a waste of time, like stock-piling for an apocalypse that may never materialise. However it’s not only possible but vital to equip yourself for change – without catastrophizing – in an ever-changing workplace environment.

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    Why You Should Prepare Yourself for Change
    Jan 25, 2016

    A new year means new opportunities. At the very least it’s a chance to raise our head above our desks, survey our surroundings and if we’re facing an all too familiar scenario, perhaps determine whether a new direction is required. But what if that change is unwelcome or just something you’re not ready for yet? Being prepared for the unexpected may seem like an unattainable goal or a waste of time, like stock-piling for an apocalypse that may never materialise. However it’s not only possible but vital to equip yourself for change – without catastrophizing – in an ever-changing workplace environment.

    The Only Thing That’s Constant Is Change

    Almost 2,500 years ago, a Greek Philosopher called Heraclitus said “the only thing that’s constant is change”.

    He couldn’t possibly have imagined how right he was and the changes that have taken place since his time but could he have been prepared for them? Not every one of them perhaps but we can all prepare for the change that’s in front of us, even before it happens.

    The skills we need to navigate changing circumstances – corporately, relationally and professionally – are there for the taking, skills that equip us for the workplace and make us better leaders for those around us. That often requires a willingness to make the hard choices that initiate change for the better, despite the challenges, and even when unforeseen circumstances force change upon us.

    One area of constant change is the impact of developing technologies which are challenging our working environments all the time. Where the Industrial Revolution took decades to impact cities, regions and countries, the Digital Revolution has swept in like a virus and made its presence felt across every industry in no time at all, seemingly introducing something new every week. Whilst new technology frees us from work that can be automated and makes communication easier, the challenges to current structures, distribution networks and traditional organisations remain, and these inevitably have an impact on individuals, including you and your team. And whether it’s the result of a merger, a redundancy or a new leadership team, managing ourselves can be challenging enough.

    As a leader in any environment a further challenge is how to bring your people with you through these times. For most leaders the first step is communicating what’s to come in a way that doesn’t communicate uncertainty, insecurity or fear. Having confidence in your own ability to navigate those changes enables you to take the lead and provide a path for those around you to follow. Mismanage the transition for your business and you potentially damage your staff as well as your productivity and you might find yourself dealing with more challenges than change.

    Communicating Change (Or How NOT To Inspire Confidence In Those Around You)

    Perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of some of these communication strategies, or lack thereof. Or perhaps you recognise a tendency in yourself to respond to change in a similar way.

    • Surprise your team by communicating as little as possible until as late as possible and then require them to do something radically different from what they were expecting, with as much inconvenience and hard work as possible
    • Expect your team to respond rapidly and all in the same way. Don’t allow any time for individuals to come to terms with the decisions made or provide feedback during the process. This suggests that they may have something unique to contribute and it may require you to adapt to further changes
    • Face resistance with … resistance. If a team member appear to be struggling to come to terms with the proposed changes, be sure to dig in your heels and become more entrenched than they are. Resistors often need time just to see the benefits of change from another perspective and if you communicate these benefits in another way this may require you to re-evaluate them yourself.

    The reality is change scares us. It requires us to loosen our grip on familiar surroundings and to face circumstances where we are unsure of our ability to thrive. Preparing for change is as much about attitude as it is about aptitude, which is why you can prepare for change you cannot see.

    Of course you can try to keep up. Keep working out, keep reading the latest journals, keep climbing the corporate ladder. Keep paddling like the proverbial swan, gliding smoothly on the surface whilst paddling frantically underneath.

    Because it can feel as though the more information we have, the more we can control our environment and therefore manage the circumstances as well as those around us. However it’s less about information and more about transformation. Change is so often feels like the rollercoaster, the white water rapids, or the wild horses, that if we work hard enough on we think we can adapt to or tame. Instead change is both a vehicle for and a means by which we can experience transformation for ourselves, and it’s our experience at Moving Performance that music can help us in that process.

    So if change is so fraught with challenges and so difficult to manage, why confront it?

    Why You Should Prepare Yourself For Change

    1. Because it’s worth it.
      Despite the challenge, the uncertainty and discomfort, change is an opportunity for growth personally and corporately.
    2. Because it’s inevitable.
      Heraclitus was right. Everything changes. People develop. Businesses grow. And whether it’s through success or failure, businesses and individuals that won’t adapt to a changing environment, get left behind. Resisting change means we miss out on the new opportunities that might have been ours for the taking.
    3. Because it’s exciting
      We often describe tumultuous events as a rollercoaster but without those ups and downs, the twists and turns, the unexpected leaps into uncertainty, it would be your average train journey. And if our lives were one long predictable walk through the same activities every day, life itself would be very dull.

    Most of us thrive on overcoming the challenges around us, whether that’s dealing with the mundane or the adventurous. However if we equip ourselves for those times, it’s through the challenges that we grow.

    Using Music To Inspire Change

    We work with businesses and organisations currently facing transition as well as equipping wise leaders to prepare for change before it happens. Through our conferences we’ve seen people embrace change, quickly and more effectively, leading to increased engagement and more productivity. Our creative solutions help teams express how they feel about change, and allow them to develop a greater understanding of how they can work together more effectively in a changing environment.

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