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Ever wanted to know how the most effective teams on the planet really work? Welcome to Barnraisers, the podcast where you get to listen to the world's ultimate team players as they share behind-the-scenes stories, insights and experiences about what it takes to build and sustain a great team culture. Guests come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Previous Barnraisers include Olympic athletes, internationally renowned musicians, improv actors, Formula One motorsport executives, best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and even an FBI International Kidnapping negotiator!Barnraisers is hosted by internationally sought after team dynamics and culture specialist, Dan Stones.


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Ray Parker Jnr. & Fran Strine: The Collaboration Kings
For many people, the smash hit song Ghostbusters, is part of the soundtrack for the 1980’s and thanks to that song, Ray Parker Jnr. occupies a very well deserved seat at 80’s pop culture table. Understandably he really needs no introduction. But as well known as Ray is as the solo artist responsible for one of the biggest pop songs in history, in many ways, a proper introduction is exactly what he deserves. . Ray Parker, Jr. was born on May 1st, 1954 and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. . And long before anyone had ever considered calling anyone, Ray enjoyed a stellar career. He started out as a teenage session guitarist playing behind the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Spinners, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and other famous Motown acts. In 1972, Stevie Wonder called Parker to ask him to play behind him on a tour that he was doing with the Rolling Stones. Funnily enough, Ray thought it was a prank call and hung up the phone. Stevie called back and only convinced Ray that he was the real deal when he sang "Superstition" to him. At the time, Ray was just 18years old! . Work with Barry White followed as did his own band, Ray Parker Jnr. And Raydio. It too was a runaway success. The first record with the band went gold, peaking at number eight in spring 1978 fuelled by the hit singles, "Jack and Jill” and "Honey I'm Rich." The hits continued with "You Can't Change That”, "Two Places at the Same Time” and all this was followed by a number one gold record A Woman Needs Love in 1981. . A solo carer followed, with more hit singles, more gold records and most importantly, as far as this podcast is concerned, even more collaborations. . The story of Ray Parker Jr. is amazing and fascinating. And the music he made is really only a small part - for instance Ray was also experienced first hand, and fortunately escaped, the violence of the 1967 Detroit riots. He is also one of the most prolific session guitarists, songwriters and stars of a generation, playing on hundreds of hit songs and classic tunes. . And right now, thanks to our second guest, Film Director and Barnraisers alum Fran Strine, Ray's story is all set to be captured on the silver screen. Of Course long time listeners might recall Fran from Episode 3, when I caught up with him to talk about Hired Gun, the documentary that has now taken Netflix, and the world, by storm! . As you’d expect, it’s been quite the ride and Fran has not surprisingly handled it in his stride, cool as ever and ever mindful of the importance and value of running a project with only the most committed and cohesive team he can find. . Ray Parker is without doubt one of the most experienced and successful collaborators, and team players on the planet - just don’t tell him that - he’s still not quite down with that just yet! . Together though, these two guys make quite the dynamic duo. They are the collaboration kings! . Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to let loose Ray Parker Jnr. And Fran Strine. . Always looking up. . Dan
Mark Schulman: For The Highest Good of All Concerned
"It's not what we play. It's how we play it. That's what creates magical performances."- MARK SCHULMAN Is there anyone who hasn’t imagined what it would be like to be in a world famous rock band? If your imagination is anything like mine, the rockstar lifestyle it will happily paint for you is one of 24/7 partying, a life of constant adoration and a first-class world full of glitz & glamour. And while that might be the popular perception, the rockstar you are about to meet will expose a reality that seems to be the exact opposite. Mark Schulman (IG/TW: @markyplanet) is a drummer. But not just any drummer - he is currently the drummer for P!nk (IG/TW: @pink), one of the world’s most loved and talented solo artists. And although Mark has served as Pink's drummer for over 10 years now, he has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in the history of pop music: including Foreigner, Billy Idol, Cher, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner and the beat goes on. Putting this episode together, I was reminded of the words from another famous drummer, Tico Torres of Bon Jovi (IG/TW: @bonjovi) who once said drummers were very good at reading reading people and situations. "After all," he said "we are very observant people". And I think it is the perfect summation and lead-in for our conversation with Mark. As you are about to learn, Mark is also very observant and he definitely has a gift for being able to connect deeply with others. His people skills have obviously served him well over the years and have enabled him to do some pretty amazing things, he estimates he has performed in front of over a billion people! But as you are about to find out, Mark strongly believes his gifts are not to benefit him alone. Mark is driven by a burning desire to contribute positively beyond himself. Sharing his journey with others is a key responsibility that comes with the territory that he occupies. It's this attitude that has spurred Mark on to become an acclaimed author, keynote speaker, composer, producer and corporate trainer. I’m honored to share this powerful conversation with you today. It’s a special conversation because it goes way beyond behind the scenes and will give you an amazing insight into the world of a true rock-star team and what it takes to put together a magical performance - both individually and as a team. And of course it’s a story about leadership and what it’s like to work for one of the most talented and loved bosses on the planet! This is a very revealing conversation. My hope is that it will stick with you and spur you on to cultivate the space and awareness you need to make a positive impact on your team...for the highest good of all concerned. Rock on! Always looking up. Dan Stones Listen & Subscribe to Barnraisers on Apple Podcasts   Show Notes Background, Context & Ref
Amanda Slavin: What Happens When You Mix Business With Pleasure And Purpose?
"If you want to really have an impactful team, you have to have a semblance of community in order to have people feel like they're a part of something bigger than themselves, and they have a role in shaping the world that they are part of."  AMANDA SLAVIN There’s a chance that you might never heard the name Amanda Slavin, but I would be willing to bet that you have probably seen her work or have, in some way, felt the effects of one of the many campaigns and collaborations that have been created by her company CatalystCreativ. Amanda has been associated and responsible for putting together some of the most popular, impactful and engaging marketing campaigns in recent history. Born out a fierce desire to build supportive communities where people feel safe to contribute, Amanda has forged quite an impressive career. Her community based projects include setting up Charity Connector, where she worked with over 200 nonprofit organisations, running events and supporting them in their fundraising efforts. She was also one of the producers for the Global Poverty Project’s Global Festival, the 60,000 person concert in Central Park, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. About 5 years ago Amanda started her current business, an experiential marketing agency initially funded by Tony Hsieh (of Zappos fame!). CatalysCreativ is focussed on helping cities, brands and institutions flourish by developing educational and inspirational experiences through carefully constructed and collaborative (or what Amanda might call "community crafted") strategy. In just 5 short years, Amanda and the incredible CatalystCreativ team have worked with brands such as Dell, PayPal, Nestle and Google. They also work behind the scenes to help maximise the reach and engagement with some of the world’s largest music festivals and events - including the Life Is Beautiful festival (the largest inner city music festival in the world) and the Global Citizen Festival. If you have an interest in building a community, bringing people together or just want to know how to gain support and engagement for your biggest, boldest and most beneficial ideas, then I know of no one better than Amanda Slavin to guide you along the way. I’m so grateful for this conversation and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Always looking up! Dan Stones Listen & Subscribe to Barnraisers on Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Show Notes Background, Context & Reference Connect with Amanda:  Website | Instagram | LinkedIn Notable People Discussed Rich Roll:  Pro-endurance athlete, author, host of the Rich Roll Podcast. Tony Hsieh: The CEO of Zappos.
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Jun 6th, 2017
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