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Schloss Leopoldskron
Russian Civil Society Symposium: 
Building Bridges to the Future   
 
Professional Development Workshop: Using Theater Techniques to Improve Your Leadership Impact
04 Apr - 06 Apr, 2014
 Conflict Transformation through Culture:
Peace-Building and the Arts

Faculty:
Didi Hopkins - Founder & Director, Skirting the Boards; Visiting Faculty, Cranfield School of Management, International Center for Program Management; Senior Trainer, National Theater, London, United Kingdom
Josephine Sutcliffe - Founding Partner, Theatre 4 Business, Exeter, United Kingdom

Abstract:
Are you keen to push back your boundaries and try something new this year? Are you looking for ways to grow and bring fresh energy to your life and work? Then join Salzburg Global Seminar's inaugural creative workshop this spring - a theater-based leadership development program for professionals from different sectors, regions and generations. We have reserved twenty-four places for Salzburg Global Fellows and SGS friends willing to share an adventurous journey with us, in the spirit of Salzburg Festival founder Max Reinhardt, whose experimental genius lives on in Schloss Leopoldskron, his former home. Salzburg Global has invited National Theatre actor and director Didi Hopkins and Josie Sutcliffe (theatre4business) to run an intensive interactive experiential workshop designed to help participants develop their leadership and communication potential using theater-based techniques. Employing professional elements of an actor's training and rehearsal techniques, the practical coaching sessions will stretch each participant's body, voice and imagination to tap hidden talents and unlock potential for resilience and impact. This is not an acting workshop, but it will teach participants how to use basic tools of the actor's trade to sharpen their "performance" - enabling them to think about visibility, passion, presence, flexibility and authenticity, and to discover the muscle, energy, language and rhythm of leadership adapted to all ages and levels. The workshop will provide a safe and intimate space in which participants can build on their strengths, develop new techniques, and enhance their self-awareness and skills. Hopkins and Sutcliffe will share their expertise in leadership development to help participants ask themselves: What qualities do leaders need to live and breathe and demonstrate in the 21st century? What do people want and need from leaders? What sort of leader are you? What first impression do you make? What impact do you have on others? How can you be taken more seriously when you are in the "spotlight"? How can you communicate in a way that is extraordinary and memorable? How do you live and breathe your courage and vision? Is it possible to stay true to your passion and beliefs when negotiating our "Brave New World"? Drawing inspiration from the beautiful rococo rooms and cultural memorabilia of Schloss Leopoldskron, this two day workshop will playfully combine theater - the art of curiosity and revelation, of doing and showing - with the intuition and science of leadership and the camaraderie of discovery and teamwork.


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