Performance is set to become an integral part of AGSM Executive Programs’ training repertoire, after a day on the stage at NIDA helped some of Australia’s board members improve their business leadership.
In late August 2009, AGSM Executive Programs and NIDA took a cohort of executive team members out of their comfort zone and down the rabbit hole, when they introduced acting exercises during a new program developed specifically for those at the top.
Swapping the boardroom for an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, participants were given the opportunity to interact with each other outside of the office and learnt to take on new roles, test new behaviours and improvise.
NIDA Corporate Performance facilitator Nicholas Flanagan said the exercise was effective in getting participants to understand boardroom dynamics.
“By adapting the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland and immersing participants in the theatre, using specifically created characters, costumes and scripts, we created a playful way of allowing participants to see the boardroom from a different perspective,” he said.
According to Rosemary Howard, executive director of AGSM Executive Programs, the skills that actors bring to the stage could be harnessed by executives to improve their leadership skills; and she is urging more businesses to participate in these types of activities in order to improve communication in the workplace.