Welcome to the Circus | Work Series

The traditional large circus tents with bold and bright colours bring back childhood memories of lining up to grab the closest seat for a fun-full event. Those traditional circuses are fading away or morphing into a more contemporary format to keep up with the changing trends. If you are missing those traditional circuses, don’t despair, they are still running in several places near you. 

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Yes. These circuses have been playing for decades with no signs of slowing down. Like any other traditional circuses, artists in these circuses get paid to perform, while others to be entertained.  

Presenting the Royal Corporate Circus.

These circuses do not perform in the traditional ring and do not adorn the usual colourful tents, but they are nevertheless like the very old circuses we are familiar with. You will also find similar artists that you would in any traditional circus, minus their colourful costumes.

Ready to meet some of them?

Do you know of anyone who has a witty answer for every question? They make everyone laugh and keep the spirit high. They have a sense of humour, but at times spent at other’s expense. They are colourful and cheerful, and a pleasure to have them around. They can be trusted to do their job. However, when the calling is tight, you will be looking elsewhere. They are useful in cheering you up, but hard to get them to do tough jobs. They want to be a part of every act even if it doesn’t concern them but try asking them to perform a tough act, and you will find them gone in no time. They also act like the fillers sometimes who come to entertain you when the curtain is about to go up for another act.

Ring Masters
These ring masters do not wear top hats, tail suits with a whip in their hand, but don’t be deceived by their looks. They are very much the same. These are the bad bosses who want to control everyone and everything. They pretend to be charismatic for attracting followers, but in reality, they use their invisible whip to make others follow their orders. Inspiring and caring for others are not in their books of knowledge. They are the heavy-handed taskmasters mainly interested in finishing their task regardless of the methods they adopt.

Trapeze Artist
You have seen some dare-devil colleagues taking significant risks in almost everything they do. They tend to have their hands and feet in everything around them, even if the topic is out of their league. They usually jump off from one assignment to another. You will often find them on executive’s pet projects with very high visibility, and when the spotlight moves on to another, you are sure to find these artists moving onto them in no time. These artists are very knowledgeable with a long history with the firm and are in the good books of the people who matter, which opens many opportunity doors for showcasing their performance.   




These are multi-talented and flexible artists. They have done a variety of performance, and are willing to and capable of handling most if not any challenges. They exhibit their versatility by performing exceptionally both on and off-stage. When the curtains are drawn on other performances, and you are tired of watching the clown, it’s these acrobats who would be called in to save the day. Since they are multi-talented, they are often critical of those who tend to slack off during their performances that can make them not too easy to work with.

Tightrope Walkers
If you are looking to make a decision, and the room is filled with Tightrope walkers, then consider yourself lucky because you will be doing all the talking and also making all decisions. These artists know their stuff and do their work very well. If you ask them to take on a different act, then you will be confronted with the challenges and focus required for doing what they are good at, i.e. walking the tightrope. They seldom take risks fearing self-exposure of their lack of aptitude and attitude for doing more.

With these artists, you are never sure about anything. They have scattered attention on many significant and insignificant tasks, like too many balls up in the air. They are very proficient in keeping all their tasks alive but never having them land to a conclusion. They will take on more as they love to pick new balls, but don’t expect a safe landing for your tasks. 

There goes another artist. Unlike their close cousin, the Trapeze artists, these artists do not last in one company for long. They believe they can run before crawling, and when performing their first swing pushing them up high, their overconfidence soars even higher then they can jump. The next thing you know is that they believe they are now ready to move on to the next circus with a bigger and better tent. When you hear them say they are prepared to become the master, you know that they are ready to leap.

Tent Makers
The unsung heroes of the corporate circus. These are the foot soldiers with their sleeves-rolled-up and on their knees. Always willing to do what’s necessary for getting the job done. They don’t care for the spotlight, not that they are unambitious, but are rather content of what they do, and remain willing to do more. These behind-the-scene artists are always busy building and maintaining the tent, ensuring other artists can showcase their act with confidence.

That brings us to the last set of artists. They are in the majority and are called the audience. Spectators. Enjoying the show or pretending to enjoy the show even if they don’t.

Everyone is playing a part in the act, just like the traditional ones; these circuses pull up their tents and open up for business. The artists and their performances are more or less the same, just different tents.

What does your circus look like?

Share your thoughts. 

To your success!



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