Make Statements- Improvisation in the Workplace

The Groundlings School of Improvisation taught me to make statements. I personally love to ask questions, however, this keeps me from thinking outside the box. Last week I talked to a real estate company in Columbus and did my keynote address- “Eyes of a Leader”. I had the entire audience perform improvisation to experience the…

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Acting in Corporate America

One of my acting students was a doctor at Ohio State before he got transferred to Pittsburgh. He had an interest in acting and wanted to see what it would be like to get on stage and perform. My student signed up for my 8 week film acting class and made all 8 weeks. The…

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STARTING FIRES

Starting fires (negativity) in the workplace is an easy formula. Make an assumption about someone at your office (spark). Create a beginning, middle and end to your story to support your assumption (flame). Operate in a negative manufactured reality (fire).

Mr. Barzo

Imagine you’re at an elementary school and you have 3 teacher’s to choose from that includes teacher “X”, teacher “Y” and Mr. Barzo. Teacher “X” and teacher “Y” operate out of their head/box and are very linear, structured and serious. They follow their lesson plans, keep the class quiet and orderly, work off a Smartboard…

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Turn Off the Tape Recorder

Operating out of our head/box allows the mind to increase our anxiety levels. That is exactly what happened when I lived in L.A. and went on my auditions. My mind would start racing and telling myself I had to be perfect in this audition otherwise I may never get another shot. It would go on…

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Fish in a Blender

I do a creative workshop twice a year called “SMASH” which allows individuals to get out of their head/ box. At this workshop I teach a style of theater called Surrealism. Surrealism is an art form that aims at releasing the creative potential of the unconscious mind. I put the students in groups of 3…

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Playing It Safe Is The Problem

John Chen is the CEO of Blackberry and made the following statement: “Customers and the market will only respond if you’re innovating again”. Innovation is what make companies money! Think about some of our most creative companies and look at their stock prices: Google- $598.26/ share Apple-$101.73/ share Amazon-$328.21/ share Tesla- $252.14/ share It’s easy…

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A BLADE OF GRASS

When I was at the University of Kentucky we had a guest speaker come to our campus and in the workshop he talked about “3-D Living”. “3-D Living” is using all of our senses during the day. When we live in our head/box we become disconnected from our senses and miss out on opportunities to…

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Play Fast

When you embrace failure you give yourself a chance to do great things, and this way of thinking applies in all aspects of one’s life: social, personal and professional. “You have to give yourself a chance to fail.” That’s what Kenny “The Jet” Smith said during an NCAA college basketball tournament, about a star player…

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$MASHING THE BOX & MAKING $$$

Here are the financial returns for individuals who thought inside the box, out of the box and SMASHED THE BOX over a 10 year period. Inside the box- .17%- 1.988%/ Savings account & CD Outside the box- 2.6%/ Blend of equities & fixed income SMASHED THE BOX- 306%/ IBB Biotech ETF SMASH THE BOX IS…

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Life’s Train Ride

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believed they will always travel at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our…

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Validate Your Assumptions

It’s easy to make assumptions. The problem with making assumptions is we begin to create a false reality that is not grounded in facts or truth. Furthermore, we are more worried about winning our point with our assumption rather than asking questions and getting to the truth of the matter. Take for instance two individuals…

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