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Fierce Conversations- Politics

In today’s politically charged environment I thought it was fitting to do a “Fierce Conversations*” blog. Fierce Conversations is about having those difficult conversations we avoid, the one’s we don’t want to have and put off. When we avoid these conversations communication breaks down, resentment grows, productivity suffers, loyalty wanes and relationships crumble. We know…

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Getting Off the Script

Getting off the script (breaking patterns and routines) is where creativity, spontaneity and innovation lie. Steve jobs had a concept called “Unplanned Collaborations” where his employees from all different departments would bounce ideas off of one another throughout the workday unannounced, unplanned and unscripted. Mr. Jobs purposefully designed the atrium at Pixar to include all…

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Unleash Your Inner Michelangelo

I was speaking in Jackson Mississippi and I heard an architect talking about Michelangelo during his roundtable discussion. He said, what made him such an incredible artist was his ability to deliver clear and concise messages in his artwork, specifically, his sculptures. Michelangelo would continue and continue to chip away at his sculptures until he…

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“The Art of Possibility”

As Benjamin and Rosamund Zander wrote in “The Art of Possibility” the frames of our mind create, define, and confine, what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we face in life only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame…

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“Pressing Pause”

Urban Meyer is the head football coach at The Ohio State University. Here is an excerpt from his book, “Above the Line:” “We teach our players, in response to any situation they face, to press pause and ask: What does this situation require of me?” When I am working I am reminding myself to “Press…

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3 Away From the Truth

I have been told that we are three to seven answers away from the truth by multiple individuals who work in sales. However, I take this one step farther, not only in sales, but in life and in situations where we want to say “No” but can’t. Here is my process for saying “No:” #1…

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Please Don’t Erase

I presented “Smash the Box” (Video Clip-Chad in “Smash the Box”) two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio and during the presentation I showed an image of a whiteboard from a company called, IDEO. At the bottom of their whiteboard they have the words, “please don’t erase.” IDEO is a design and consulting firm that is…

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Ideas= Money

Groups with original ideas generate revenue. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Light Stream, Starbucks continuously produce new ideas which allow them to be the leaders in their industry, rather than the followers. While companies that aren’t able to generate new ideas are the followers of these types of companies. It begins with our ability to generate…

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Turn the Page

We all have that page that is extremely difficult to turn in life, that weighs us down, and is left open. The page we can’t turn includes our regrets, and more specifically, the memory with the most guilt. The more guilt we have associated with a memory the harder it is to turn that page….

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Upstage or Downstage?

The majority of my actors when performing want to perform as far back as possible (upstage) to hide and feel safe. I am constantly asking my actors to perform downstage and be closer to the audience. I have observed over the years the actors who perform downstage lack self-confidence and have trouble communicating clearly and…

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In Quickness Is Truth

I was reading excerpts from Ray Bradbury’s book “Zen in the Art of Writing” and he has a principle which he states: “In quickness is truth.” I write a weekly blog and the most effective blogs I write are without hesitation. I have found that the more I delay when I am writing the less…

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False Reality

No one wants it, yet we all want to get better… The question is how do we get better if we aren’t open to criticism? We live in a day and time where everyone “gets a trophy”, we all want to hear the great things that we do, and we shy away from criticism and…

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