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Balancing Acts
HarperCollins Leadership (EN), 2022
Éditions Michel Lafon (FR), 2022

{Author} /// Daniel Lamarre

Are you prepared to take the risks necessary to drive innovation and champion an environment of over-the-top invention? Cirque du Soliel CEO Daniel Lamarre shares what it takes for anyone, regardless of position or industry, to embrace the value of creative leadership.

At the core of Cirque du Soliel’s lavish, multi-million-dollar productions is President and CEO Daniel Lamarre, who has mastered the ability to bring business and creativity together across multiple languages and cultures in a way that has never been seen before. The secrets he shares in Balancing Acts are rooted in tremendous faith in your own creative skills and those of the sharpest minds within your organization.

Through Daniel’s story triumph and trials, you’ll learn:

  • How to shatter the perceived limitations standing in the way of your ability to think creatively and innovatively;
  • When to step up and when to step back so that your team can create a masterpiece that doesn’t break the bank;
  • How, in using the methods Daniel has uncovered, modern companies with entrenched bureaucracies can bring creativity and business together to foster innovation and boost profits; and
  • How to use creative thinking to lead your organization to new heights.

Whether you work for one of the most creative organizations on the planet like Cirque du Soleil; in a stuffy corporate job; or somewhere in between - Balancing Acts is filled with principles that can strengthen and accelerate any business on the planet.

English Language Version

Release Date —  Jan.18.2022
# of Pages —  288
SRP (HC) —  $28.99 USD
SRP (eBook) —  $14.99 USD
Dimensions —  6.3 x 1.04 x 9.29 in
ISBN-10 —  1400223024
ISBN-13 (HC) —  978-1400223022

French Language Version

Release Date —  Jan.20.2022
# of Pages —  352
SRP (TPB) —  n/a
Dimensions —  13.8 x 3.1 x 22.6 cm
ISBN-10 —  2749946050
ISBN-13 —  978-2749946054

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People began bursting into my Montreal office, one after another, with bad news—another city locked down, another show canceled, another border closed. We held emergency meetings, but every decision was outdated by the time the meeting was over. Soon came word that the big casino resorts hosting our long-running Las Vegas shows—"O," "Mystere," "The Beatles Love," "KÀ," "Michael Jackson One"—were closing indefinitely. With the NBA and Broadway shows already dark, the entire live entertainment industry was being felled by a virus.

In less than a week, our company had to cancel all 44 shows around the world, and revenue plunged from $1 billion a year to zero. The global pandemic of March 2020 had left us, quite literally, without a business. Bankruptcy protection seemed inevitable. As chief executive officer, I knew I had to stay calm. At this terrifying moment, I would need every ounce of tenacity I could muster to save our beloved company.

Today, the sun rises. Cirque du Soleil's spectacular productions have returned to stages in the U.S. and abroad. Our creditors—seeing the enormous value in our creative output—acquired us in November 2020 by absorbing our debt and investing an additional $375 million.

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As the audience settles in the darkened theater, acrobats playing Liverpool sailors climb ropes dangling from the ceiling. The lush a cappella harmonies of Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison fill the air.

It’s August 26, 2021, our first showing of The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage in Las Vegas after a 17-month pandemic intermission. As the CEO of Cirque du Soleil (I’ve since transitioned to executive vice-chairman of the board), I’m a bundle of nervous excitement. Whenever I see this production—even 15 years after its premiere—I can’t relax and watch like everybody else. Sure, I’m dazzled by the acrobatics, the dancing and the rich trove of characters and stories culled from more than 120 Beatles songs that were sampled to create the soundtrack. But I can’t stop my mind from racing back to the long series of improbable events that led to the staging of this spectacular show and how my life—in fact, my whole approach to business and creativity—was changed by working with the Beatles.

My journey started in 2001, less than a year after being hired by Cirque as a senior executive. I entered a London hotel suite, nervous as a schoolboy, and began shaking hands with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, his wife Olivia and Yoko Ono. Never in my craziest dreams did I ever imagine I would be in a business meeting like this.

We were there to discuss an idea George had mentioned to Cirque founder Guy Laliberté a few months earlier at George’s 19th century neo-Gothic mansion in Henley-on-Thames, near London. “I admire what you have done [with Cirque], and it seems like we have a lot in common when it comes to creativity. I know I am dying,” George told Guy over tea. “I don’t know how many years I have left, but before I go, I’d like to do a creative project with the Beatles music. Do you think Cirque would like to be involved?”

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