The Performance Project” is focused on lessons for leadership and management from live performing arts, music, theatre, and dance, and from sports.
James Schreier's insight:
The following link is to a song, "Why" from "Tick, Tick, Boom!" Thanks to Michael Ingersoll, (Under the Streetlamp, Jersey Boys) for giving me: "Over and over and over til we got it right." It's clearly the theme song for this topic and The Performance Project. Message to leaders and managers: PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
Sadly, corporate training for these situations is notoriously ineffective. We learn new skills in safe situations with few repercussions for mistakes, yet we often have to perform in pressure-filled situations with the potential for great consequences. Our scripted remarks are of little use in unscripted and unpredictable situations.
When Taylor Swift delivered her second acceptance speech of the night at the 2016 Grammy Awards, her words became required listening for every CEO, founder, and leader on how to turn controversy into a win.
I had the opportunity to spend almost three hours with John Michael Coppola on Saturday, 1/23/16. John Michael was in the Chicago cast of "Jersey Boys." The was three times more valuable than even my initial high expectations. One of the key things I learned from John Michael was a clarification of the role (and importance) of "swings" in a Broadway show. Being prepared to step into any one of multiple roles with very little notice is a message every professional needs to know. Another great learning point from the performing arts.
Prior to starting his whirlwind trip around the globe delivering presents, I had the opportunity to sit down with Santa for a one-on-one interview. I was interested in gleaning some wisdom from one of the most legendary leaders in history and what appears below is an excerpt from our time together. Me: Thank you, Santa, for taking…
With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens set to debut in just a few days’ time, we couldn’t be more excited. The decades-old space saga is sure to send us on a new, fantastical adventure, complete with lessons on friendship, family and the Force (and of course, lightsaber duels).
In the midst of all this excitement, we realized that there were a few things we could learn from Star Wars about customer service. So now, we’re bringing insights from a galaxy far, far away a little closer to home.
The Venue Catalyst Catalysts came come from events—taking everyone to the circus, a theme park, a rock concert, a ropes course; an elementary school lunchroom during lunch can fan the flames of imagination. But a venue need not mean a physical place; it could mean people who come from a different place. Famous business writer Tom Peters called these folks “freaks on file.” What if you invited to your next staff meeting an artist, a group of 3rd graders, a mime, a magician, a comedian, a chef or a clown, (I know, clowns come all the time…but, I mean a real clown).
James Schreier's insight:
Excellent example on how important the 'performing arts" can be for performance in so many areas.
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