Category Archives: vulnerability

(#404) Risk, Empty Spaces, and Self: Lessons from the Stage


“There is no failure in result; there is only failure in process.” Sam Wasson’s Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art provides more than an improv history lesson. He deftly lays out a philosophy of life.  For all … Continue reading

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(#402) Over Your Head


The exceptional leaders take their moments of vulnerability and build on them. The most effective leaders I have collaborated with found themselves there more times than you might imagine. If you haven’t found yourself there yet, you will. At least, … Continue reading

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(#401) Improv and Leadership


Incompetent and fear-based managers rely on rigid scripts. Sam Wasson’s Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art provides lessons for transformational leadership. As early Improv players experimented and developed the art form, they learned the power of two … Continue reading

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(#371) Your Life. Your Choices.


What do we choose to allow into our lives? What do we dismiss from our lives? On a friend’s recommendation, I bought Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business. The author lays out a simple premise, “If you’re not happy … Continue reading

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(#368) Fake, Illegitimate Or Incomplete Information?


Just because you find a lot of information does not mean you have found accurate or credible information If, as famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright claimed, “An expert is a man who stops thinking because he knows,” then can we say … Continue reading

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(#294) Benefits Of Remaining A Continual Learner


It can help us fill in gaps between assumptions and realities. A few months ago on this blog I posed the question, “Do we take time to experience what our customer, client, or student is experiencing?” Regardless of your profession or … Continue reading

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(#279) Do You Have the Wisdom of a 5th Grader?


If we pay attention we often can find real nuggets of wisdom from the young people around us. You may have heard of or even remember watching Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” It was a feature on his … Continue reading

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