TMA World Mindlines 2012 Some Lessons from the Cirque du Soleil

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At the heart of Cirque du Soleil is creativity. They don’t rest on success, but are always looking to push the boundaries at every level, regularly challenging themselves to improve and stay engaging for their audience.


This TMA World Mindline investigates what other organizations can learn from Cirque du Soleil.

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TMA World Mindlines 2012 Some Lessons from the Cirque du Soleil

  1. 1. MindLinesTerence BrakeTMA World │ Head of Learning and Innovation
  2. 2. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil It’s been a year this month since I saw Cirque du Soleil. It was in Las Vegas and the show was ‘Love’, an acrobatic performance woven around the music of the Beatles. It wasn’t just a show, it was a magical experience.
  3. 3. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil I wanted more and more and more, as do many others. Its performances have been seen by 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on 5 continents. Not bad for what started as a ragtag group of street performers in Montreal.
  4. 4. Some lessons from the Cirque du SoleilWhat can other organizationslearn from Cirque du Soleil? CREATIVITY ENGAGEMENT OPENNESS TALENT TEAMWORK DISCIPLINE
  5. 5. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil CREATIVITYAt the heart of Cirque du Soleil iscreativity. They don’t rest onsuccess, but are always lookingto push the boundaries atevery level.
  6. 6. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil CREATIVITYThere is no formula. Each showwill have its own signature, butthere is a resistance to repeatingwhat has worked in the past.
  7. 7. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil ENGAGEMENTEven if a show has been on theroad for years the Cirque isalways open to change. Thiskeeps the artists engaged andwilling to grow.
  8. 8. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil ENGAGEMENTIt respects the desire of theartists to challenge themselvesand stay fresh. Acts evolve whichis important when there are nineshows a week along with ongoingtraining.
  9. 9. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil OPENNESSThere is a very strongcommitment to openness,difference and diversity.How else can the Cirque continueto entrance its audiences? Youcannot keep pushing theboundaries of creativity when oneculture only talks to itself.
  10. 10. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil OPENNESSThere are 40 plus differentcountries represented, speaking in25 languages and there is anappreciation of the creative inputfrom each individual and culture.
  11. 11. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil TALENTThe Cirque continually searchesfor the best talent in the world.Its auditions are known astreasure hunts.
  12. 12. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil TALENTLyn Heward says,“People are not hired for whothey are, but for what theymay become… we’re trying tofind the ‘pearl’, the hidden talentin that individual”.
  13. 13. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil TALENT“What is that unique thingeach person brings?”Transformative potential, ifyou like.
  14. 14. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil TEAMWORKTypically, the individualperformers are not known asteam players, but the Cirquecould not be the success it iswithout strong team skills.
  15. 15. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil TEAMWORKThe mission is to“Turn athletes into artists andform a cohesive team ofbrothers.”I’m assuming that“team of brothers” includes themany female artists.
  16. 16. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil DISCIPLINESpontaneity, creativity andimagination are key to theCirque’s, but so are discipline &hard work.
  17. 17. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil DISCIPLINEThe openness and diversity sparkthe creative concept, but then itmoves to several hard years ofcasting, designing, training andproducing the experience.
  18. 18. Some lessons from the Cirque du SoleilI didn’t run away to jointhe circus afterseeing ‘Love’,but if I’d been afew years younger(and with more athletictalent) I might havebeen tempted.
  19. 19. Some lessons from the Cirque du Soleil To learn more about how TMA World can help your organization, please contact us at enquiries@tmaworld.com or visithttp://www.tmaworld.com/training-solutions/

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