Applying the Learning at the Workplace

While sharing the learning during the course of a “CorporateTheatre” workshop, most participants have no difficulty in seeing how the learning can be applied and share the conviction that they can use it at work as well as in their personal life.  However, an occasional participant raises the issue of how the powerful and comprehensive dynamics experienced during the workshop can be applied to their workplace.  “We have attended many ‘trainings’”, they say, “and after a few weeks or months, the excitement and the impact fades away, and one gets back to square one.”  Read More…
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Don’t Try to Change People. Instead, Change the Environment

Before a workshop, we ask for a brief on key workshop objectives from the stakeholders.  One of the more common refrains we hear is,

“We have some problems in the team/organization.  Many people, even at thelevel of senior leadership, tend to work in functional silos.  Can you do something to change their mindset, make them work together more productively and collaboratively . . .?”

In over 1800 workshops covering over 39,800 people from various nationalities, industry, hierarchy, and culture, we have learned something very surprising as well as encouraging Read More…

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‘Team’ versus ‘Individual’ Accountability

In a recent workshop with an experienced leadership team of a high profile organization, some of the participants had difficulty in understanding the concept of ‘collective’ rather than ‘individual’ accountability.  Here are some thoughts on the subject.

Almost all the exercises in a “CorporateTheatre” workshop elicit very high levels of creative and collaborative performances from the teams.  Some of the exercises are not competitive per se, yet there is the inevitable and underlyingurge in each team to be the best.  Read More…

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Theatre – Deeper Dimensions

Having & Being – the ‘Character’ & the ‘Actor’

Thirty-five years ago, I resigned from the Army where I had been a Captain in the Regiment of Artillery, to go into a full-time theatre and writing career.  Before I left Sikkim where I had been stationed for over 3 years as an Observation Post Officer in the Himalayan pickets along the Indo-China border, I went around saying my goodbyes.  Read More…

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HR v/s IR – A Cartesian Disaster !

One of the fallouts of the recent unfortunate incidents at Maruti at Manesar, has been a series of articles and debates on how there has to be greater focus on “industrial relations”. Some of the articles talk about how in management institutes students are more keen to study Human Resource management and that there are few takers for Industrial Relations as a subject forspecialisation. I think this cartesian distinction of IR and HR as two different things is fundamentally flawed.   Read More…
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