Acting is uniquely human. In fact, acting can be a misnomer because when it is done well, acting is all about being real – and authentic.
Actors are great communicators. That’s because they are highly skilled in empathy and they have the ability to see things from multiple perspectives. They are able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and ask - what would be important for me to hear if I was this person, and in what way would it have the greatest possible impact?
Actors are also able to teach the functional skills of communicating. We all have a voice – actors can teach you how to use it influentially and how to tell stories. Actors communicate emotions and situations with such clarity that it makes a mark on us. It is memorable and it elicits a response.
In addition, learning from actors allows business to experience the perspective of the actor – a different, creative, perspective that can spark innovation and turn existing problems on their head.
There is much to be learned from actors that can give your organisation the x-factor. At Live Culture Company, our Actor-in-Residence program gives you a unique insight into how these skills can be applied in a business communication context.
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When your team wins the grand final, you tell people. It should be the same when your organisation has a purpose.
At Live Culture Company we emphasise communication as a critical component in ensuring success of a purpose-driven culture. Communication, like a muscle, needs to be exercised regularly to have full effect. This communication needs to happen internally and externally. While seemingly simple, it is something we so often get wrong. In a world where time is money and we have more deliverables and less time, communication is passed over for convenience without considering the consequences. But if we did communicate more influentially, could we achieve more?
We believe the 3 components to great communication are:
If you have these three ingredients you are more likely to inspire people to take action towards your intended goal. People love to be understood and influential communicators demonstrate authenticity by using empathy to connect; engage others by using stories to inspire action; and communicate with confidence to persuade people to believe in the cause.
Our Actor-in-Residence program equips leaders to communicate this way. Regardless of what your purpose is, if you can’t communicate it, no one will buy into it. And in an ever-increasing competitive landscape you can’t afford that.
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We all know that a zebra cannot change its stripes. Zebras are quite literally individual - they are also social animals that live in small tribes or large herds.
It struck us at Live Culture Company that this is how organisations should operate in their pursuit of developing and nurturing purpose-driven cultures. Organisations should foster an environment where individuals can bring their unique attributes and their whole self, to the workplace. Where their uniqueness and individual strengths are something to be celebrated rather than toned down. When organisations do this, we’ve noticed that employees are more willing to support the existing culture and buy into the bigger picture. Employees are content in their tribe and happy to run as one with their herd. They’re happy to do so because they are contributing their own individual strengths to the greater cause. They feel valued and they are united by a shared purpose – even though they are different.
Quite often organisations wonder why their engagement scores are low, or turnover is high or their people aren’t performing to the level expected of them. We believe a large contributing factor to this common problem is that all too often individuals are expected to ‘change their stripes’. They have to conform. They are expected to act in ways that aren’t suited to who they are.
Our work encourages organisations to get to know their zebras and help them bring their stripes to the table. It’s about investing on an individual level and getting to know and engage your employees. What motivates them? What are they passionate about? What other areas of expertise do they have beyond their job description or skill set that they can contribute? When you know this, you can unite them meaningfully behind a shared purpose.
When organisations engage employees on this level, they flourish. Why? They feel a part of something, but in a way that is unique to them – they fit.
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