An important thing to remember about being the first onstage: Your audience doesn’t really care who initiates your scene or why, they care about what the scene turns into, who else is involved, and their own perspective on the scene. Therefore: The breaking news that Jason Collins is the answer to Who’s first? is not […]

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This can be a challenging concept to practice, but it’s important, especially because it is so often ignored: To discover the opportunity, be still. Our daily lives demand action. Animation. Our waking hours are beset by 360 degrees of stimuli. Until we get to be like manic traders buying and selling our own futures on […]

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I take improv classes when I can, always from top-flight teachers. It helps me keep my edge by putting my performance under scrutiny and review that’s much more intense than what you or I experience in a workplace environment.  And it keeps me in a learning mode. You’ve probably never heard the name of my […]

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When my son, Adam, was 12 years old, his AAU basketball team played in a tournament in Las Vegas. The boys were having a hard time in the tournament, and their coaches wanted them to stay upbeat. So on the morning of the tournament’s final day, the coaches lined up a conference room at our […]

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The old games are exactly that. Old. And like anything old, they lack sap, spine, vigor. In many ways, the Occupy Wall Street movement calls this out. Saturday’s Silent Protest against the UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi, is one of the best ways yet of #OWS demonstrating the impotency of old games. Here’s the scene […]

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ONE IN A SERIES… One of the ways GameChangers defines a ‘Scene’—no matter what its duration, could be minutes, could be months—is with a classic three-act structure.  We label these acts Connect, Adapt and Deliver.  Continuing with our analysis of ‘Los Mineros,‘ the Trapped Chilean Miners scene, we can clearly see that the scene is […]

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Adapted from GameChangers–Improvisation for Business in the Networked World, by Mike Bonifer: Addition–Entering a scene in progress for the purpose of contributing immediately to the team’s performance; contributing to a scene; giving a gift Agreement, The Agreement Principle–A principle of improvisation, characterized by players’ openness towards each other and an organization or communications network’s openness […]

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The headline of a post by Adam Needles in the Daily Fix caught my eye.  It began Understanding How and Why B2B ‘Buyers Are Liars’ … Every good story has conflict, and the accusation in the headline implied this element in Needles’ post.  The quotation marks round the accusation suggested that Needles would be offering […]

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