Razzle Dazzle: Brilliant Career Advice Of The Musicals
The lights, the costumes, the drama… Broadway can seem a million miles away from your workplace. Musicals are glamorous – but they provide more than just a dream world. There are lessons you can learn from the musicals, and apply to your career.
Grease: Be the one that you want
It’s the classic coming-of-age; of he-said she-said; of teenage love and fashion and drama. But at its core, Grease is about young people working out who they are, and striving to become the best versions of themselves. It’s a long road, but being your authentic self is good for you – and your relationships.
Sweeney Todd: What goes around comes around
You’re going to face conflict in the workplace. But bear in mind that you reap what you sow. Starting rumours, or arguments will only come to reflect badly on you. Hopefully with less ‘orrible murder, mind.
Wizard of Oz: Surround yourself with cheerleaders
You might not be able to choose your colleagues, and they may not be perfect. They surely have flaws, like the cowardly lion or the tin man without a heart. But together you’re a team, and its only if you stick together that you’ll get things done.
West Side Story: Don’t let differences divide you
A modern take on Romeo and Juliet, take West Side Story’s tragic ending as a cautionary tale. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or who your family is: we are all human. It can be tricky to put different opinions aside, but being cordial and likeable never goes amiss.
Phantom of the Opera: It’s what’s inside that matters
In the same tack, being respectful is as important as being kind. Everyone, be they colleague, customer or client, has a back story. A history that influences how they react. You can’t control that, nor how they act – but you can control how you interact with them. Don’t be bitter and stuck in a lair – be the colleague you want to have.
Singin’ in the Rain: Talent will always win
Optimism pays. If the drama of transitioning from silent movies to talkies teaches us anything, it’s that hard work and skills get you there in the end. Whether its office politics, new job stress or a competitive environment, the path is rarely smooth. But persevere: it will pay off.
Hamilton: It pays to stay current
A modern take on an old story, Hamilton is the newest musical taking the world by storm. And it shows that you can teach an old dog new tricks. The way we live and work is changing, and keeping up with progress keeps you going. And diversity – its worth it.
An American in Paris: It’s always time for a tap dance
Maybe it’s lunchtime, a sunny day, or finally Friday. But the number one lesson from Gene Kelly is simply that it’s always a good time to break out your dancing shoes.