The average supervisor has been managing for 10 years before he gets any training.
James Schreier's insight:
This may not seem like a post directly tied to the Performance Project -- other than the nice photo link to "Office Space." But there's actually a great message here. Does any project in the performing arts (or sports?) ever occur with a fairly high amount of training, rehearsal, etc. Practice, Practice, Practive (Until we get it right!)
John Michael Coppola appeared in the Chicago company of JERSEY BOYS, where he understudied and performed the role of Frankie Valli. He performs his solo concert, A JERSEY VOICE: Sinatra to Springsteen...and Everyone in Between, at venues around the US.
Places, Please! (Becoming A Jersey Boy) [Daniel Robert Sullivan]. This is not just an outstanding story for "Jersey Boys" fans, it is an outstanding look at some great messages for leaders and managers who really want to learn about what it takes to help themselves and their employees achieve peak performance. COMING SOON: A "Performance Profile" with Daniel Robert Sullivan based on a great meeting with Daniel in New York.
I went to a Neil Diamond concert last week, excited to hear the legend. I expected to sing along to some songs, but I didn’t expect to be recruited to be a Neil fan – I thought I already was. But Neil knows better. He knows that his job at each and every concert is to engage his fans.
Bleacher Report recently put together a list of the 30 Greatest Athletes in Summer Olympics History. Sitting on top of the list was 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps, who holds the all-time record for the most Olympic gold medals.
A new VP rides into town for the holidays! This past week in New York, as in other cities, there were Christmas parties all over town. In this case, the department got together with drinks, food and holiday festivities.
January 3rd, I had the opportunity to spend a delightful, informative almost 90 minutes talking to Daniel Robert Sullivan. One of the many things I wanted to clarify with him was the huge difference between how feedback is given/received in the performing arts versus the organizational world. He delivered a powerful message to me. He told me that the very first thing you are taught (and better learn) in acting class is to simply acknowledge any feedback, positive and/or negative, with two simple words: "'Thank You." So simple, so powerful.
When visiting the site of the London Olympics recently, I made a mistake that's not unusual for project managers and leaders at all levels: passing judgment on the status of a project based on a low-level, up-close perspective.