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Leadership, Management Lessons from the Performing Arts
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The Performance Project

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The Performance Project” is focused on lessons for leadership and management from live performing arts, music, theatre, and dance, and from sports.

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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!


Why -- from Tick, Tick, Boom


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Profile – Review: John Michael Coppola

Profile – Review:  John Michael Coppola | Performance Project | Scoop.it

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.

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A Focus on the Force: What the New “Star Wars” Teaches Us About Mentorship

A Focus on the Force: What the New “Star Wars” Teaches Us About Mentorship | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to blow up existing box-office records like they were Alderaan and it was the Death Star. Whether you’re a raving f
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Exclusive Interview: Santa Claus Reveals His Leadership Secrets

Exclusive Interview: Santa Claus Reveals His Leadership Secrets | Performance Project | Scoop.it
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…
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7 Lessons Star Wars Can Teach You About Customer Service

7 Lessons Star Wars Can Teach You About Customer Service | Performance Project | Scoop.it
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.
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How to Deliver Ingenious Customer Service

How to Deliver Ingenious Customer Service | Performance Project | Scoop.it
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).
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Excellent example on how important the 'performing arts" can be for performance in so many areas.

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The 6 Great Business Lessons You Can Learn From Adele

The 6 Great Business Lessons You Can Learn From Adele | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Is she just a wonderful singer? Or can she teach you a thing or two about business?
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3 Things Foo Fighters & Dr. Lew Can Teach You About Career Success

3 Things Foo Fighters & Dr. Lew Can Teach You About Career Success | Performance Project | Scoop.it
See what a rock band & surgeon have in common...
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True Confessions! Broadway Stars Admit to Padding Their Resumes to Get a Job

True Confessions! Broadway Stars Admit to Padding Their Resumes to Get a Job | Performance Project | Scoop.it
It may seem like Broadway stars can do anything, but even talented folk sometimes need to pad their resumes. Broadway's brightest stars recently confessed to exaggerating a skill or two when trying to book a job.
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Nepotism at NASCAR: How Do You Manage Family in a Family Business?

Nepotism at NASCAR: How Do You Manage Family in a Family Business? | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Nepotism seems to be the obvious punch line to workplace jokes like this one: One employee to another employee: ‘When the boss’ son starts working here tom
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Related to the Performance Project - maybe, in part because I've had some opportunities to interview some drivers.  It's racing -- that's enough!

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What Football Teaches About Building High-Performance Teams

What Football Teaches About Building High-Performance Teams | Performance Project | Scoop.it
In both football and business, you win when every member of the team is performing in sync.
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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.
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Practice Math Like a Baby

Practice Math Like a Baby | Performance Project | Scoop.it
I’ve always felt conflicted about repetitive practice. But a baby showed me the way.
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Practice - Practice - Practice

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In Real Life HR, an Employee Who Punches a Fellow Employee Gets Fired

In Real Life HR, an Employee Who Punches a Fellow Employee Gets Fired | Performance Project | Scoop.it
The world of the NBA brings us the real live HR Game Show – What Would You Do? I know most of you could care less about professional basketball, and I prom
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Another occasional reference from sports -- but a very good one.

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Perfecting My Backhand Is a Lot Like My Business Strategy

In this series, professionals describe the skills they’re building this year. Read the stories here, then write your own (use #SkillsGap in the body of your post). My advice in these LinkedIn columns
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As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss

As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss | Performance Project | Scoop.it

On the Mpls. Institute of Art's "Discover Your Story" tours, art history takes a back seat to the feelings and recollections that the works might bring to the surface.

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I consider museums, particularly as some are evolving today, to be connected to the  performing arts.  This article shows why that connection is becoming clearer1

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Profiles – Prospect High – Daniel Robert Sullivan

Profiles – Prospect High – Daniel Robert Sullivan | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Daniel Robert Sullivan has performed in ”Jersey Boys” as Tommy DeVito to rave reviews in Toronto and now Las Vegas.  He’s also the author of “Places, Please! Becoming a Jersey Boy.” He’s the author…
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Take It From Taylor Swift: It’s High Time to End the Millennial Bashing

Take It From Taylor Swift: It’s High Time to End the Millennial Bashing | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Taylor Swift doesn’t care if you think she’s part of the “Me” generation. She flew in the face of all of our careful quantitative analyses of the so-
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When It Comes to Managing, You’re Best When You’re Lead the Orchestra

When It Comes to Managing, You’re Best When You’re Lead the Orchestra | Performance Project | Scoop.it
“Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.”
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How To Manage Your Career Like 007

How To Manage Your Career Like 007 | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Being a James Bond buff, I found certain qualities he has that we could use in our careers. Here's how to manage your career like 007.
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Why You Must Manage Your Career Like You Play Golf

Why You Must Manage Your Career Like You Play Golf | Performance Project | Scoop.it
There are a few things about golfing that can be applied when we look at our own careers. Find out why you should manage your career like you play golf.
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Actors Anonymous Step 8: Get Comfy With Rejection

Actors Anonymous Step 8: Get Comfy With Rejection | Performance Project | Scoop.it
As Working Actor columnist Kelli Barrett knows, every actor will survive countless rejections over the course of a career. But how do you rise above them all?
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So much good advice here for job seekers everywhere.  Thank about it.  Actors often get most of their rejections in person.  They have to be strong in dealing with so many rejections.  Job seekers need to absorb the wisdom of this message.

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Actors Anonymous Step 10: Establishing Boundaries

Actors Anonymous Step 10: Establishing Boundaries | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Working Actor Kelli Barrett knows that it’s difficult to pass up work, but sometimes you need to have the strength to choose a life for yourself that is more happy than busy.
James Schreier's insight:

Job seekers also need to set boundaries -- just like Kelli Barrett argues so clearly in this article.  Yes, you need a job -- but so does every actor who auditions!  The message here is strong!

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The Coach Who Won’t Leave the Locker Room

The Coach Who Won’t Leave the Locker Room | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Why Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera has become obsessed with integrating himself into his players’ personal workspace.
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Some insights here that all managers should consider!

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F1 Driver Susie Wolff on the Tipping Point of Success

F1 Driver Susie Wolff on the Tipping Point of Success | Performance Project | Scoop.it
At a LinkedIn event for staffing firm leaders last week in London, I had the rare opportunity to listen to Susie Wolff - the only woman Formula 1 rac
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Leadership lessons from the dugout, courtesy of Cubs' Maddon

Leadership lessons from the dugout, courtesy of Cubs' Maddon | Performance Project | Scoop.it
We know the Cubs have a long way to go (so let's not jinx it by saying anything more). But their manager is a winner—and a role model for business leaders.
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