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There’s magic in resilience
What performance arts can teach us about leadership
Dr. Will Houstoun, PhD and performer in residence at Imperial College London’s Royal College of Music in the Centre for Performance Science, shares how using the art of magic and performance can help doctors, patients, and business leaders in Becoming Resilient.
What medicine - and management – can learn from magic
How can the unlikely marriage of medicine and magic inspire us as resilient leaders? In this episode, Dr. Will Houstoun, the performer in residence at Imperial College London’s medical school, describes how he bridges the disciplines of medicine and magic to train tomorrow’s surgeons. His insights into handling disruption, embracing the audience’s assumptions, and using risk to innovate are as relevant for today’s business leaders as they are for Dr. Houstoun’s craft.
Magic is fundamentally about assumptions. The real power in magic, I think, is that it proves we tend to not think we're making all of these assumptions. Magic's that little reminder that you are making assumptions all of the time. Approaching things with that openness and looking for connection rather than looking for differences seems to be a better way forward.
About our guest
For more information on Will Houston, visit www.drhoustoun.com
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Bill Marquard: Welcome to Resilient. I'm Bill Marquard, a managing director with Monitor Deloitte and host of Becoming Resilient. During this series, we explore the connections that wide ranging topics have to business issues and bring you insight from others in their own journeys to becoming resilient.
For example, what can magic teach us about resilience?
Today's guest is Dr. Will Houstoun, a performer-in-residence at the Medical School of Imperial College, London. He helps physicians-in-training to develop better doctor-patient interactions from his own experience as a magician, performing for audiences. Will is a PhD and a lead magician also for Breathe Arts Health Research, a London-based nonprofit. He uses magic to help young people with brain injuries develop function, cognitive abilities, self-confidence, and independence.
Will Houstoun: Magic is fundamentally about assumptions. The real power in magic, I think, is that it proves we tend to not think we're making all of these assumptions. Magic's that little reminder that you are making assumptions all of the time. Approaching things with that openness and looking for connection rather than looking for differences seems to be a better way forward.
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