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Leadership, Management Lessons from the Performing Arts
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The Lamest Workplace Excuse Ever: “That’s Not My Job”

The Lamest Workplace Excuse Ever: “That’s Not My Job” | Performance Project | Scoop.it
“If you ever answer someone important with “That’s Not My Job,” you will be RIGHT!
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I wasn't going to post this here, in part because I posted it to three other Scoop.It topics.  But while reading it a second time (it's that good), I thought:  "Would a performer in a Broadway show ever say that to the director?"


I believe I have encountered this issue with every clients I've worked with over several decades.  The managers in my training programs consistently report on this issue.  I also know of several great examples from managers/leaders I've met who knew how to solve this problem.

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What Rom-Coms Can Teach You About Finding A Job

What Rom-Coms Can Teach You About Finding A Job | Performance Project | Scoop.it
They might not be realistic for finding love, but hidden inside romantic comedies are some pretty good tips on landing a job.
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Absolutely fantastic -- as only my mentor and friend Lou Adler could find and point out.  This has some great connections to the Performance Project.

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The Daily Idea - Harvard Business Review

The Daily Idea - Harvard Business Review | Performance Project | Scoop.it
The business world, no doubt, is full of jargon, clichés, truisms, and buzz words. Quality, morale, lean, innovation — all fine words, in and of themselves, but they are often rendered meaningless by our repetitive, and sometimes thoughtless use of them.
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I posted this in the Performance Project because performers understand the power of individual words in songs and spoken lines.  I've discussed this with several professional performers from award winning singing groups to Broadway stars.  They know how accurate this message is.

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Rutgers: A Metaphor for the Business Bully

Rutgers: A Metaphor for the Business Bully | Performance Project | Scoop.it

Kicking, hitting, pushing, calling names — no, it’s not a 4-year-old kindergartner run amok, it’s the behavior of 44-year-old, (now former) Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. Apparently Rice has been positively reinforced and rewarded for this type of behavior since preschool because people don’t develop lifestyle strategies overnight. In early April of this year, Rice was fired by the university after (and only after) ESPN aired footage of his form of inspiring performance: nothing like the coach bashing your head with a basketball at close range to make you a better player, right?

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Know What I Learned From Star Trek? There’s Still HR in the 24th Century

Know What I Learned From Star Trek? There’s Still HR in the 24th Century | Performance Project | Scoop.it
I have a startling confession to make: I like Star Trek: The Next Generation. I know. You’re shocked.
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10 Hiring Secrets of Famous Coaches

10 Hiring Secrets of Famous Coaches | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Tried-and-true recruiting and interviewing tactics are great, as long as they keep on working. But would you know, really, if they weren’t?
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A Few Smart Hiring Lessons From Summer Blockbusters

A Few Smart Hiring Lessons From Summer Blockbusters | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Summertime is the season of box office blockbusters, when theaters abandon more intimate fare for movie spectacles. Just because these sunny summer films contain fast cars and big …
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Core Values, or What I Learned From “Jerry Maguire”

Core Values, or What I Learned From “Jerry Maguire” | Performance Project | Scoop.it
I’ve always found it difficult to pinpoint my core values because I believe that as humans, we are always changing and adapting to our environment.
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Unbiased Interviewing? Check out “The Voice”

Unbiased Interviewing? Check out “The Voice” | Performance Project | Scoop.it
I am NOT a reality TV fan (except for live sports which are the original reality TV shows). But, I started watching The Voice on NBC, and I have to admit that I really like it. What makes this show different from all the other singing ...
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STEP INTO THE LIGHT ON THE ...

STEP INTO THE LIGHT ON THE ... | Performance Project | Scoop.it

STEP INTO THE LIGHT ON THE SACRED STAGE AND PERFORM EACH MOMENT AS IF IT WAS YOUR LAST.

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Thank you Roddy and so perfect for the Performance Project.

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Things I Wish I Had Been Told in Theatre School

Things I Wish I Had Been Told in Theatre School | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Theatre school was great. It is great. But it can omit some of the more fundamental and important career lessons. School is, after all, a bubble. It's not a natural professional environment. So, wi...
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This is fantastic -- and I'm going to draw some specific parallels to the management-leadership world.  Thank to John Michael Dias (Jersey Boys) for posting this on FB.

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A Brief History of Applause, the 'Big Data' of the Ancient World

A Brief History of Applause, the 'Big Data' of the Ancient World | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Once, people measured their leaders -- and themselves -- one clap at a time.
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What HR Can Learn From Ben Affleck: Grace, Professionalism, and Argo

What HR Can Learn From Ben Affleck: Grace, Professionalism, and Argo | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: With the Academy Awards drawing near, TLNT again asked some prominent thought leaders to write about their favorite movie from this past year with a HR or talent management …...
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Sex and the Job Search: How Hiring Managers Act Like Hot Models

Sex and the Job Search: How Hiring Managers Act Like Hot Models | Performance Project | Scoop.it
By Dominic Bokich I feel like a pompous ass for writing this, but job applicants should treat Human Resource (HR) reps, hiring managers, and interviewers like hot models. Why?
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Not as much of a connection to the performing arts here, but because it contains good references to how "stars" are viewed (or should be viewed), I deemed it worth sharing (and duplicating with other topics.)

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Am I My Resume? Best Job Search Practices

Am I My Resume? Best Job Search Practices | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Are you your resume? Here are some great examples of practices in the performing arts that support some of the best hiring and job seeking practices.
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What Can YOU Learn From Leonardo Da Vinci’s Resume?

What Can YOU Learn From Leonardo Da Vinci’s Resume? | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Leonardo da Vinci was the ORIGINAL Renaissance Man. This is a copy of a letter he sent over 600 years ago to the House of Sforza. It’s his resume!
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Employee Claims Age Discrimination, Says He Got “Office Space” Treatment

Employee Claims Age Discrimination, Says He Got “Office Space” Treatment | Performance Project | Scoop.it
By Eric B. Meyer If the movie Office Space has taught me anything, it's to wear 37 pieces of flair to work -- do more than the bare minimum -- and to use a cover sheet with my TPS reports. …
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The Model HR Leader? Maybe It’s an Orchestra Conductor

The Model HR Leader? Maybe It’s an Orchestra Conductor | Performance Project | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot about my profession – human resources – lately.
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The Formula for Communicating Like a Leader

The Formula for Communicating Like a Leader | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Abraham Lincoln. Bill Clinton. Ronald Reagan. Winston Churchill. Menachem Begin. Hillary Clinton. John F. Kennedy. Oprah Winfrey. Margaret Thatcher. Arguably, these are the names of some of …
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An excellent example of why studying "performance" is of value to managers and leaders.

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Why Job Search Is Like Winning American Idol

Why Job Search Is Like Winning American Idol | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Even if you avoid reality television shows like the plague, you’ve heard of American Idol. Find out why job search is similar to the singing competition.
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The 6 Keys To Being Awesome At Everything

The 6 Keys To Being Awesome At Everything | Performance Project | Scoop.it
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Learning From Idol: The Most Brutal (and Effective) Interview I Ever Went Through

Learning From Idol: The Most Brutal (and Effective) Interview I Ever Went Through | Performance Project | Scoop.it
The other day, after a series of workshops on retiree health care for one of our clients, I decided I needed to unwind. It was time to rid my mind of HR issues completely, and enjoy some …
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Heavy Metal Management: Par-Jorgen Parsson, Hans-Olov Oberg, Ted Kurie

Heavy Metal Management: Par-Jorgen Parsson, Hans-Olov Oberg, Ted Kurie: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
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This book surprised me with a number of really good learnings about ideas from Heavy Metal that fit nicely with the Performance Project.

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Under pressure: NCAA tournament officiating is a whole new ballgame

Under pressure: NCAA tournament officiating is a whole new ballgame | Performance Project | Scoop.it
As the season moves from the conference tournaments to the NCAA tournament, the entire officiating system will change. After a careful evaluation and a season-long vetting process, the chosen referees fall under a new authority.
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Cirque du Soleil and MGM Mirage: A Lesson in Strategic Partnership

Cirque du Soleil and MGM Mirage: A Lesson in Strategic Partnership | Performance Project | Scoop.it
Naturally, when you seek to grow, you plan new products or marketing campaigns. Why not consider other companies who could help?
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