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Immersion into the knowledge and skills of inspiration can help a corporate person to lead themselves.

It is the purpose of a business to survive It is the purpose of a business to survive, and the received wisdom is that it can only do so by growing. Once a company reaches a certain size, though, its further growth will demand conformity. Its leaders become more a part of the corporate system than of the natural and human systems they were born into. If this is symptomatic of capitalism, as Marx pointed out it was, the living standards we expect in return for its command to grow wealth require most of us to be complicit in this conformity. Yet, and to quote Fromm again, this mode of existence ‘is insufficient to pacify the anxiety of separateness.’  Within the separateness that conformity seems to breed, I have seen how an immersion into the knowledge and skills of inspiration can help a corporate person to lead themselves, and the people they lead, with an effect that they variously...
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The ‘corporate and collective cold’ that makes our world one of transaction.

Fotolia 110650417 S In his laboratory, the theatre, Shakespeare unthrones the age-old security of Platonic ideas that had held things together for so many centuries.  But he gave some challenges to his audience, and therefore to us, and the first one was this: we are responsible for using our imagination to create the world we experience, and to create it for others to experience in turn. To be responsible is to be responsive.  His second challenge is to our human tendency to conform, which keeps us in the ‘corporate and collective cold’ that makes our world one of transaction. Shakespeare anticipated it, and Fromm describes it nicely:  Union by conformity is … calm, dictated by routine, and for this very reason is insufficient to pacify the anxiety of separateness. The incidence of alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive sexualism, and suicide in contemporary Western society are symptoms of this relative failure of herd conformity.   Herd conformity has only one advantage: it...
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Conversation with a leader about The Corporate Theatre and its Inspirational Leadership Program – Part 3 Creativity

Fotolia 156137275 S This conversation took place over an hour on 18th January 2017. The individual is the COO of a division in a global company, and leads a team of about 100 people. He participated in several Corporate Theatre learning events in his previous company, and the purpose of this conversation was to find out how he used his learning about creativity to create an inspired culture in his new organization, and how that has contributed to its outstanding performance.   How has our work on creativity and presence helped you and your current team to inspire performance?  The Corporate Theatre gave me a model and a method (Pathos, Logos, Ethos) that I use every time I talk publicly.  Before every occasion, I always practice my breathing and diction. I watch Shakespeare videos – it’s opened up a world that was previously completely closed to me.  Where do I get my inspiration? It appears – in words, in...
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Conversation with a leader about The Corporate Theatre and its Inspirational Leadership Program – Part 2 Empathy

Fotolia 174678944 S This conversation took place over an hour on 18th January 2017. The individual is the COO of a division in a global company, and leads a team of about 100 people. He participated in several Corporate Theatre learning events in his previous company, and the purpose of this conversation was to find out how he used his learning about empathy to create an inspired culture in his new organization, and how that has contributed to its outstanding performance.  How has our work on empathy helped you and your current team to inspire performance? Well, I’m very anti-hierarchical. I don’t have the best ideas. I let people go in their own direction. I give decision making to the younger people. I always look at them as though they can do wonderful things.  We find out very quickly who will not get lost, and I feel it with great depth.  That’s really...
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Conversation with a leader about The Corporate Theatre and its Inspirational Leadership Program – Part 1 Authenticity

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This conversation took place over an hour on 18th January 2017. The individual is the COO of a division in a global company, and leads a team of about 100 people. He participated in several Corporate Theatre learning events in his previous company, and the purpose of this conversation was to find out how he used his learning about authenticity from those to create an inspired culture in his new organization, and how that has contributed to its outstanding performance.

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