Dramatic Success at Work: Using Theatre Skills to Improve Your Performance and Transform Your Business Life

Dramatic Success at Work: Using Theatre Skills to Improve Your Performance and Transform Your Business Life

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Overview

Dramatic Success at Work: Using Theatre Skills to Improve Your Performance and Transform Your Business Life by Andrew Leigh, Michael Maynard

Now anyone in business can become a star performer with Dramatic Success!: Theatre Techniques to Inform and Inspire Your Working Life, a practical and entertaining guide for adapting the techniques of the performing arts in order to dramatically improve workplace performance. Profiling the experiences of business leaders as well as professional actors, Andrew Leigh and Michael Maynard demonstrate a range of theatre methods, from presenting and improvising to understanding character and creativity to directing projects and sustaining change. It's true that there's no business like show business, and there can be no business like your business!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781857883404
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Andrew Leigh and Michael Maynard are senior partners in Maynard Leigh Associates, a training and development consulting firm that works with corporations around the world in personal effectiveness and team development. They are also the authors of Leading Your Team, The Perfect Presentation and Ace Teams.

Table of Contents

Box Officeix
Setting the Scene1
A quick drink in the bar1
Mere metaphor?2
Take your seats please5
The lights dim6
Act IGetting Your Personal Act Together8
Scene 1Personal Connection10
Feel you belong12
Make an impact14
Clarify your personal purpose15
Live your values18
Identify your individual star quality21
Expand your range24
Reach for star performance25
Scene 2Personal Power28
Be a chooser, not a victim28
Get empowered36
Scene 3Personal Talent38
Harness your energy39
Express your feelings41
Use humour44
Focus your attention45
Communicate49
Understand character50
Turn talent into performance51
Interval60
The plot so far...60
Behind the scenes61
Act IIGetting Your Team's Act Together68
Scene 1Team Alignment71
Support each other75
Tune in and trust77
Go in the same direction82
Know what role you're all playing82
Get behind the leader84
Lead the team yourself86
Scene 2Team Creativity88
Bring theatre to your meetings90
Experiment!94
Trust the power of yes94
Use the whole person97
Be curious99
Wonder100
Expect trials and tribulations102
Scene 3Team Exploration103
Be adventurous103
Add value105
Use theatre as a sales tool106
Create experiences107
Work as a team107
Be authentic109
Keep the script fresh109
Build a relationship111
Take risks113
Share learning117
Celebrate achievements119
Produce a sense of occasion121
Create an ACE reputation122
Interval123
The plot so far...123
Behind the scenes124
Act IIIGetting Your Organization's Act Together129
Scene 1Organizational Insight132
Know yourself133
Understand others134
See the situation135
Develop foresight137
Scene 2Organizational Inspiration141
If you're a leader, then lead!142
Be passionate146
Generate excitement147
Add value using values150
Involve people152
Use theatre-based coaching153
Give notes157
Enrol everyone159
Scene 3Organizational Initiative163
Demand action165
Create exciting performance goals168
Persevere169
Model the way171
Let your enthusiasm show173
Keep it fresh176
Share the action180
Take a look at your current daily drama181
Create a compelling drama for the future182
Where to Start186
Get the right people189
Focus on action and behaviour189
When To Start191
What's the compelling reason?191
Who owns it?192
Gather energy193
Keep it simple193
A grand scheme194
The Curtain Falls196
The plot so far...196
Behind the scenes197
Dinner After the Show206
Index207

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