Balancing Acts

Unleashing the Power of Creativity in Your Life and Work

by Daniel Lamarre

On Sale: January 18, 2022

Price: $28.99

Book Summary

Cirque du Soliel CEO Daniel Lamarre shares what it takes for anyone, regardless of position or industry, to embrace the value of creative leadership.

About the Book

In this leadership memoir, take a step backstage at Cirque du Soleil.  

Vice Chairman Daniel Lamarre shares his experiences leading the awe-inspiring organization, and teaches readers what it takes for anyone, regardless of position or industry, to embrace the value of creative leadership.

Without creativity, there is no business. At the core of Cirque du Soleil’s lavish, multi-million-dollar productions is Vice Chairman 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, even if you are convinced you have none, and those of the sharpest minds within your organization.

In this book, Daniel shares the untold stories behind Cirques biggest shows, including Beatles Love, Michael Jackson One, the aquatic marvel, O, and many more. Through these tales of triumph and trials, he will teach you:

  • 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
  • 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.


'With a wholly unique creative spirit, Daniel Lamarre has established himself as a visionary leader by growing Cirque du Soleil into a globally beloved brand and redefining modern live entertainment in the process. Now, through this book, he's using the same singular sense of imagination that made Cirque du Soleil JOYand Agrave; such a smash hit at Vidanta Riviera Maya to illuminate the importance of bringing creativity to every aspect of your life.'

'AEG's partnership with Cirque du Soleil throughout the world has grown immeasurably over the last 20 years thanks to Daniel Lamarre's vision, dedication and leadership. His global aspirations, brand commitment and creativity have fueled our mutual success and guided our relationship.'

'Cirque du Soleil has a well-deserved reputation for extraordinary creativity and the unsurpassed quality of its shows, and we are proud and excited to be partnering with them in bringing one-of-a-kind entertainment to guests of all ages.'

'Cirque du Soleil has been an inspiration for all creators in our industry. Working with Daniel Lamarre and his team, I was able to discover the business creativity behind this brand. In reading this book, it will stimulate your own creativity.'

'Hollywood could learn a lot from Cirque du Soleil about putting creativity first and foremost. It is their corporate culture, it is the air they breathe. How they make their magic can inspire us all.'

'The relationship between MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil is synonymous with Las Vegas' evolution as the Entertainment Capital of the World. From the first tent show behind The Mirage in the early 1990s to the four incredibly successful shows currently running on The Strip, we have together redefined the city's entertainment landscape and created a destination unlike any other in the world. I've been honored to work alongside Daniel Lamarre for 20 years during both good times and challenging ones for our organizations. His book is a great reminder that creativity and business should not be treated as two separate entities. When working together symbiotically, they have the ability to drive an organization to even greater heights.'

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400223022
  • ISBN 10: 1400223024
  • On Sale: January 18, 2022
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: $28.99
  • Trim Size: 161.000mm x 236.000mm x 30.000mm
  • Category 1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Entertainment
  • Category 2 : SELF-HELP / Creativity
  • Category 3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance / General
  • Category 4 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
  • Category 5 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Research & Development