The core principles of Performance Thinking can be explored in a short speech or video-supported presentation.

These thought-provoking and entertaining talks remind the audience of the importance of the original meaning of ‘performance’ – a public act of creativity designed to move the audience in some way. To convey important ideas and explore human emotions.

Mark Henley IBM1
Mark presents a masterclass to IBM delegates at Henley Business School Finland

Putting on a Performance

The individuals, teams and businesses that are most successful in the modern world are the ones that are putting on a performance in the fullest sense of the word. The ones that are focused on their audience and are delighting their audience with everything they do.

That sounds straightforward, but it isn’t.

When we talk about ‘performance’ in a business context, we tend to forget the wider meaning of the word. We get straight down to numbers and statistics. We forget about the human aspect: the engagement, the emotion. But it is the emotional engagement with our customers that will be at the heart of the success of our business performance. And the people who know the most about putting on a performance, delighting audiences and engaging emotions are, in general, not businesspeople – they are artists. There is a great deal that business can learn from the performing arts.

The five principles of performance thinking:

  • Performance Mindset
  • Ensemble Work and Connectivity
  • Purpose and Narrative
  • Creativity, Rehearsal and Innovation
  • Performance delivery

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