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In composing, as a general rule, run you pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give to your style.  Sydney Smith



Leadership Nightmare

"Your play--Leadership Nightmare--was a very creative and effective way of highlighting different communication styles."--Director, Corporate University, Insurance Company

Tom, a stickler for details, manages Diane, who wants to prove that she can work independently and do the job.  Tom assigns her a new project: to arrange the marketing conference.  Excited and enthusiastic, Diane goes to work, but finds that her boss's management style creates problems for her.

Meanwhile, Diane's colleague, Bill, has Phyllis, his manager, to contend with.  Phyllis sees herself as an empowering manager practicing the latest in managerial styles.  Overwhelmed by Phyllis's enthusiasm, Bill struggles to steer a path while making sure that his own nightmare doesn't come true.

As tensions mount, Tom and Diane finally confront each other, only to discover a new understanding.

Learning objectives

  • Leaders must be aware of, and even adjust, to the work styles of the people they lead
  • Leadership styles must be suited to the person managed and not the manager
  • Indirect communication leads to misunderstanding
  • Teamwork requires trust
  • Project management requires clarification of objectives and goals
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Program format

Standard or Talk show format

Suitable for

Meetings Seminars Conventions
Retreats Luncheons Dinners