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(#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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(#388) Connectors. Dividers. Adopters. Resistors.


We have to know who “gets it, wants it, and has the capacity for it.” A community has many attributes. For me, it’s hard to conceive of a community without unity. You cannot spell community without unity. A community represents … Continue reading

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(#374) Can A Community Be Inclusive And Like-Minded?


When dialogues devolve into collective monologues do we miss out on our shared identity? We hear, see, experience, and read about divisiveness. Common ground seems difficult to reach with the shouting voices, pointing fingers, and mean-spirited attacks. Fear, disgust, and/or … Continue reading

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(#359) Collisions and Serendipity


If managers across the company landscape remain insular, they can end up repeating redundant routines and retreating behind territorial barriers. “Collisions” represent opportunities. Visionary Tony Hsieh believes we need to “maximize collisions to accelerate serendipity.” That is, we need to … Continue reading

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(#320) No Need To Be An Island


Regardless of your calling or situation, collaboration and communication are powerful forces. There is no need to be an island.* One aspect of teaching that I enjoyed was that each time I entered the room with my students, I could … Continue reading

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(#316) Process, Trust, And Organizational Growth: An Optimistic Approach


Trust is what teams, students, teachers, employees and leaders need in order to challenge the process on the way to a better answer.   Earlier this week I stumbled upon some notes from a meeting I attended more than two … Continue reading

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