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Have A Super Time at the Big Game! You can bet on it.

Have A Super Time at the Big Game!  You can bet on it.

Sometimes the super game doesn’t match the hype of being super.  What do you do?  You can still enjoy the game with a few friendly wagers.  This tally sheet will help you enjoy the game even if you don't care about the game. How to get the Fun Super Bets Document  Click the link below or the image to the right (Note: download removed [...]

If You Want to be a Leader, Follow This One Rule!

If You Want to be a Leader, Follow This One Rule!

A Class on Power At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, students cram into a small classroom to learn about power. The class is called “Acting with Power,” and it’s taught by professor Deb Gruendfeld and a team of experts with a background in both professional theater and executive training. I am fortunate to be one of those [...]

Navigating the Corporate Dance of Status

Navigating the Corporate Dance of Status

Status is a hot potato in the workplace. Who has it? How to get it?  This article asks “What do Applied Improvisers bring to the corporate table?” What do we know about pecking order on stage that sparks organizational collaboration, creativity, and change?  This article is excerpted from my workshop Keeping Cool under Fire©   but [...]

What do you get for free? What are you saying before you open your mouth?

What do you get for free?  What are you saying before you open your mouth?

What does this body language say to you? Which one is not happy to be there? "What do you get for free?" This was the question that Bill Irwin, actor, clown and MacArthur 'Genius award' winner asked a small group of student clowns at San Francisco's world-renowned Circus Center.  They looked puzzled.  He went on to explain that performers [...]

Nicole Kidman is funny.

Nicole Kidman is funny.

Hemingway and Gellhorn is my 4th movie working with Director Phil Kaufman...5th if you count my role as a dying German soldier at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark which Phil wrote. In Hemingway and Gellhorn I played an American journalist covering the Spanish Civil war....and unlike Hemingway, my character spends most of his time at the [...]

What to say when you are late to a meeting

What to say when you are late to a meeting

You're late, you're rushing and it seems that people and things are not cooperating with your schedule.  Why won't they get our of your way?! Finally you arrive at the meeting, slightly out of breath.  You burst into the room, everyone looks up and you begin a familiar pattern:  Apology followed by details about why you were late [...]

What day is that job?

What day is that job?

What day is that job? I had traveled across the country to deliver a workshop for a company that was facing a tough challenge: their business focus was shifting and the team was resistant. I had arranged with a colleague in the area to work with me to lead exercises designed to reveal personal stories of the team members’ first encounter [...]

Creating the dramatic without the ‘drama’!

Creating the dramatic without the ‘drama’!

You need to engage and inform a group.  It may be an internal group like new-hires or an external group like attendees at a trade show.  Your job is on the line.  It is an opportunity for you to do well or extremely well.  Oh sure, you could always choose one of your own people to do the job....but then you know what you'll get. Trust an [...]