From The Theater To The Company – Disruptive Tools In World Class Companies
Theater and Management, two different worlds that can be found together. Photo: Pixabay
Brno is not only the second biggest city in Czech Republic, but also is a city with a large variety of cultural attractions. This offer includes cinemas, street festivals, museum, and theaters, where magic histories are recreated and actors and actresses play different rolls simulating being someone else using different techniques to achieve creativity in every expression of their bodies.
Since the early 1990s, a particular convergence between business and theater has occurred in Germany. Newly established, professional corporate theater makers have increasingly been hired by companies and business organizations to utilize theater methods and events, in order to improve employee communication, to facilitate the exchange of diverse forms of information, or to increase the motivation and improve the moods of staff.
In Brno, there is a great amount of companies who focuses their main strategy on innovation and creativity and those companies have the opportunity to improve their results using some theater techniques to develop a better skill up of their employees.
The question now would be, how those techniques can help organizations to improve and perform in a more efficient way?
In business, success involves team work, improvisation, ability to build creative option in different situations, solve conflicts and develop an efficient communication. The theater uses techniques and tools that help the actors to generate emotions, improve their communication, their empathy, their confidence and their self-control.
The techniques of theater and dramatization reduce the complexity of the teams. Once fear and shame is overcome, people get carried away and begin to hear more. In team management, it has an effect of building trust and raising the importance of feelings.
Big companies around the world use those tools more frequently and they organize at least twice a year one- or few-days seminar where they hire professionals of this field to train their employees. Using different games, relaxation tools, small role playing people can learn how to work in a team, how to deal with difficult customers, how to prepare a dynamic, fun and productive presentation and reinforce the idea of “everything is a game” and as when we were children we played with our hearts and souls.
No one can ask us to be creative without giving us the tools. Creativity and innovation is a mental process; it is a discovery and evolution that our brain does under certain circumstances. The more tools we have, the more skilled we are.
Brno has a great opportunity to develop more creative employees using disruptive tools such as theater techniques and, taking into account that there are a lot of theater, actors, actresses, directors, etc. we just have to put them together and let them work. Results will be shown up immediately and people are going to have fun while incorporating new knowledge.
The creation of something new is not achieved with the intellect. “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves,” Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, referred to the value of play in the creative process.
Theater and Management, two different worlds that can be found together.
MBA Ind. Eng. Fabián Chafir
Lean Manufacturing Consultant