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Greenlands Masterclass - Strictly: The Five Principles of Performance Thinking NEW

05 Dec Mark Powell
Event information
Date 5 December 2024
Time 9:30-16:30 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership *Up to 2 Places*
Venue Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus
Event types:
Greenlands masterclass

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Based on Dr Mark Powell and Jonathan Gifford’s book – The Five Principles of Performance Thinking – this masterclass will investigate a different way to think about ‘performance’ from the traditional ‘industrial mindset’ approach that most organisations use today. Utilising over three years of research and interviews with hundreds of performance artists from around the world, Mark will explore the core principles that all great performance artists use to deliver winning performances and how to apply these in the day-to-day world of modern organisations.

An interactive experience that will involve games to help explain the five principles. Plus, you will have an opportunity to engage with world-class professional Latin dancers who will bring to life the principles being discussed.

Learning outcomes

You will learn a new framework to help you understand how to deliver outstanding performances. In particular, how to:

  • Develop a performance mindset – non-linear, holistic and project-focused, turning technique into art.
  • Build connected ensembles with the leader as ‘creative director’.
  • Understand the overarching purpose and make a compelling story.
  • Rehearse creatively in a safe environment to encourage experimentation and risk-taking.
  • Delight your audience – reminding yourself that the only measure that matters is whether the audience is loving your performance.

Who this is for

  • Managers and Leaders who want to improve the overall performance of their teams and themselves.
  • Managers and Leaders who want to be able to communicate clear direction and purpose for themselves and their teams.
  • Those who want to inspire and create energy and momentum for their teams.

Dr Mark Powell

Dr Mark Powell

Mark is a business writer, consultant and entrepreneur. In addition to running several start-up businesses, he also held partner roles at Accenture, Fujitsu, Aon, KPMG, A T Kearney and Capgemini. He spent ten years as an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Saïd Business School, where he specialised in designing and directing senior executive leadership programmes. He lectures on strategy development, leadership, power and influence, strategic relationship building, and customer and employee engagement.

Mark read Economics and Management and gained a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the University of Cambridge. He has also had a successful career as a competitive Latin American dancer, winning more than 50 titles (including four English, two British and two World Championships). He has recently retired as a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young, where he led their data and analytics practice.

His increasing focus is on using the performing arts to solve modern day business challenges. He is one of the first UK gurus in the Futureworld network and his latest book, The Fifth Phase, looks at how to leverage the power of data analytics and AI.

*Up to 2 places per member organisation. All places are subject to availability at the time of booking.*

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