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Words of Wisdom

Published on October 17, 2012 by in Uncategorized

When a stranger or casual acquaintance ask how you are, they are just being polite. They don’t really want to know.

 
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Great moments in sport

Published on October 16, 2012 by in Uncategorized

The best moments in sport are not made by famous athletes, they are made by ordinary people. Like me:

 
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How to avoid saying things you will later regret

Published on October 11, 2012 by in Uncategorized

If you’re like me, you have often said something that you regretted saying, sometimes right away, and sometimes much later when you reflect on it. Have you ever been embarrassed when someone you didn’t think was listening heard what you said? Perhaps it was a bit of gossip, or an off-color joke. Here are two

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The meaning of “yes”

Just got back from a wonderful conference of the Applied Improvisation Network. Met a lot of great people and learned a lot of good stuff. One of the things I learned was that to our clients our jargon is, well, jargon. Sue Walden  reminded us that our clients may not understand our jargon any better than

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Laugh to learn relearned.

Published on August 31, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Last night I taught an Englilsh as a Second Language class at Vida, because it was me teaching and because laughter is literally a part of my name, we laughed a lot. This experience reinforced a couple of lessons for me. First, laughter is an important learning tool. Because we laughed a lot, everyone was

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Silos and Silo Mentality

Published on July 18, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Because I live in Kansas, I am very familiar with silos. They dot the landscape and are often the subject of fine art work and photography. Silo Print by Justin Marable Because I interact frequently with managers, I’m also familiar with silo mentality. Recently, I visited three clients. When I asked them about their greatest training

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No buts about it!

Published on July 10, 2012 by in Uncategorized

The most important concept in improv based training is “yes, and.” We contrast it with “yes, but.” The point is that “yes, and” invites progress. And while saying “yes” is good, implying acceptance of your conversational partners idea,  “Yes, and” not only accepts the idea, it builds on it. This is the soul of creativity and

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On Suffering

Published on June 16, 2012 by in Uncategorized

 One of my favorite poems is W.H. Auden’s  “The Old Masters”. It begins,   “About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;” It was inspired by his visit to a

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No buts about it!

Published on June 13, 2012 by in Uncategorized

The most important concept in improv based training is “yes, and.” We contrast it with “yes, but.” The point is that “yes, and” invites progress. And while saying “yes” is good, implying acceptance of your conversational partners idea,  “Yes, and” not only accepts the idea, it builds on it. This is the soul of creativity and

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More lessons from my knee.

Published on June 5, 2012 by in Uncategorized

I continue to learn from my gimpy knee. Last week we took our family vacation at Universal Orlando. I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rest of the gang hobbling along with my cane so, much as I hated to do it, I rented an Electric Courtesy Vehicle. I did feel

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