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Cirque du Soleil is undeniably one of the most successful organizations in the world. Their creativity and determination to always deliver the highest level of quality in absolutely everything they do, has helped them grow into a multimillion dollar company with more than 20 super productions employing over 4,000 employees around the world.
As a former circus performer, I am one of their biggest fans. I have had the opportunity not only to attend to many of their shows such as Saltimbanco, Quidam, Alegria, La Nouba and OVO, but also to visit the company’s headquarters in Montreal, and I can testify that the level of commitment and connection that all of their employees have with each other is simply remarkable.
This video shows what is behind such incredible performance and what a huge influence has the organizational culture on everything they do. I am sure that everybody can take a lot of great lessons from it.
So … what are you doing to strengthen your organization’s culture? How are you integrating the people working with you? What are you doing to support your people’s development?
BONUS: Well as a small bonus I wanted to share with you a short video introducing Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, which will be premiering at Radio City Music Hall in New York: Zarkana
Everything you do in life is a project. Everything!
Taking care of your bills? … project
Going on holidays? … project
Any deal with your Clients? … project
All the work-related stuff you do at the office? … project
Your career? … project
So … I suggest you to get (very) good at managing and accomplishing projects.
Here below is a brief and simple explanation of what I have learned from people such as Seth Godin, Tom Peters, Scott Belsky and others.
How to accomplish any project
1. Set the deadline, or in other words the “D-Day”.
2. Once you have the deadline established, identify all the important things that must be done in order to be able to accomplish the big/scary/challenging project on “D-Day”. Then break-down the big/scary/challenging project into smaller chunks containing all those critical actions that must be done and set milestones.
3. Now that you have your milestones established, you don’t need to worry about having to deal with a big/scary/challenging project. You just have to focus on putting all your energy and effort into accomplishing the next milestone.
4. Lather, rinse, repeat.
5. On D-Day, regardless of what is the actual status of your progress …. you ship. No last minute extensions, no excuses. You deliver.
6. Feel good. You are officially an achiever. Now go and get another cool / challenging / scary project.
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”.