“Setting the stage of work is all about getting things in place so we can give our best performance” #bgdtcoaching.
In thinking about setting the stage, we can take the stage to mean any place in which we undertake activities. The drama of modern work is played out at any number of locations each day. Where they are is irrelevant as the idea of setting the stage consists in us preparing ourselves, our mind and our environment in order to perform at our best.
We may need to gather together specific items – the props of our job – or expand our competency, learn the lines as it were, before making that all important initial entrance onto the stage. Placing ourselves in front of an audience of any size when not fully prepared is a way of doing everyone involved a disservice.
Work can be difficult enough as it is without us complicating the issue by refusing or ignoring to set the stage appropriately for our role and the eventual performance. If we have undertaken the same or similar activities before, we can replicate best practices by setting the stage in a tried and tested manner.
On the other hand, when we are tasked with a new role, we need to prepare as well as possible to also overcome ‘first night nerves’. Regardless of the situation, setting the stage seems fundamental to fulfilling potential.
But what do you think? If you’d like to share your input on the issue of setting the stage, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).