Time to act differently

30 November 2009
Procurement is often described as process-driven, and lacking in creativity. It is also accused – and accuses itself – of in speaking in jargon that colleagues in other departments cannot understand, which does nothing to raise its profile (another commonly stated problem). So it was with interest that I saw this story today - leadership training with a difference, using drama and actors in a theatre setting. The Leadership Theatre believes by working with the actors, bosses learn techniques - like giving effective feedback - in a new setting with people that are not used to management speak. Actors give blunt feedback to their ‘new directors’ during the rehearsals. The idea is to take people out of their everyday experiences. And the approach simultaneously challenges the view that the arts aren’t commercial and businesses aren’t creative. Do you think this sort of training would help you hone your leadership skills?
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