Category Archives: Words

(#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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(#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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(#400) Do We Live In A Post-Fact World?


Perhaps we live in a time when the question to ponder becomes, “If a fact is offered and it is not ‘liked,’ is it a fact?” Have we morphed into a post-fact world, as one source states, “in which virtually … Continue reading

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(#287) It Could Be Worse. Comparatory Suffering?


For me, comparatory suffering creates its own issues. My suffering is mine. Yours is yours. Does it really help to compare it to someone or something else— while denying the feelings in front of you? You’ve heard them. Probably have … Continue reading

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(#149) Are You Unique? Well, Isn’t That Special!


Demonstrate what you have done (what action you have taken) rather than getting caught up in hyperbole. Words matter. What we say, how we say it, why we say it, and when we say it create a message.  Whether you … Continue reading

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(#142) One More Word to Censor?


Are there words we should never say? Are there words we should never hear? And who makes that decision? Back on August 22, 2010, I posed the following questions on this blog: Are there words that we should NEVER say … Continue reading

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(#114) What You SAY and What You DO


Where is your line in the sand?  What will you definitely not negotiate away— and what things will you or do you decide are not values to you?  At the recently-completed Noel-Levitz Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention I had the … Continue reading

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