The magic of inclusion at Cirque du Soleil
Lynda Trommelen ended up at Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment based in Montreal, Quebec, almost by accident. While working there she not only had a great adventure, but also learned lessons about inclusion. That is, a workplace that values equality, respect and opportunity for every member of their diverse workforce that we can all benefit from.
Trommelen, the author of People Puzzles, believes that one of the most magical things about Cirque du Soleil is that they don’t even realize how special they are. During her time there she not only “had a blast”, but also observed how a workplace can make employees feel they belong, and in doing so, get the best from workers at all stages of employment.
How did Trommelen end up at Cirque du Soleil? She always wanted to take up ballroom dancing, and she finally signed her and her husband up in Kingston, Ont.—much to his chagrin. They entered into competitions for the sheer fun of it, and at one show a representative from Cirque du Soleil approached them for an audition. Trommelen didn’t even believe the representative at first, but she wasn’t kidding.