In Fast Company Elizabeth Hyde Stevens talks to people who worked for Jim Henson about his leadership behaviors, which she contrasts with Steve Jobs’ leadership practices. You can jump to it here. To sum it up, Henson was an agile communicator. Here’s the GameChangers summary of Henson’s leadership: 1. He used “Yes and” to build on the […]

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The technical dexterity of your tilt-a-whirl tongue is truly stupendous Your ruby lips beneath the empty pools of your intelligently-framed and magnified big blue eyes blow bubbles oh so fine That I fall into the foaming brine of your brilliant multi-lingual truthiness And that I don’t understand a word of what you’re saying and none […]

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LeaderCast produced a sketch buzzing around the webz that’s funny because it’s true. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out, it’ll leaven our mutual conference call pain with humor: We’ve all been on this call more often that we’d like to be. I have seen people juggling two conference calls at once–one on […]

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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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Last week at O’Hare when I was walking through the United terminal, a middle-aged Asian woman walking toward me sneezed. Without missing a beat, this man, who was working the check-in line, held out a box of tissues. Without breaking stride, she took a couple, thanked him, kept walking. As I passed him, I said, […]

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A New York Times profile today on Twitter CEO Dick Costolo typically emphasizes the old “improviser = comedian” equation. The writer, Nick Bilton, while doing  decent job  characterizing Costolo himself, misses most of what is important and unique about Costolo’s leadership model when he equates improv with stand-up comedy. This is like confusing an Ostrich […]

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Most of the credit for this post goes to Drew Coolidge, an exquisitely gifted improviser I’ve had the fun of watching many times in action with his group Cartel, and before that in a group called Spank Drew (draw your own conclusions about what that team thought of him). On USSRocknRoll.com he writes about his […]

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As the old joke goes, a man carrying a violin case in Manhattan gets stopped by a couple of tourists who ask him how to get to Carnegie Hall. The violinist responds, “Practice.” So obvious, it’s funny–no one gets to Carnegie Hall without a ton of practice. It is usually the most ‘talented’ performers who […]

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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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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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