Perceptions. Why are collaboration and cooperation sometimes so difficult?What are the reasons why we struggle so much with calling each other out when we don't like what's happening?So much of this has to do with the ways that we interpret our own behaviors versus how we interpret other … [Read more...] about Situation vs. Character
Happy New Year! These moments when we mark transitions can be both helpful and not helpful.It's helpful to think about what I want more or and what I want less of in the New Year, but it's not helpful if I believe that somehow I'm going to be a different person.If we really want to change … [Read more...] about Just do you.
The root of all heartache Shakespeare once wrote that "expectations are the root of all heartache" and I think he's right.For anyone who's been watching the recent news cycles on the new mutation for Covid, you've probably felt some strong emotions.If you expected this all along, you might … [Read more...] about Expectations (and wishing for bad luck)
What is my whole self? Actors often talk about bringing their whole selves to the stage, which means how we experience them while they are on the stage.Are they physically, emotionally, and intellectually present?Eugenio Barba developed a unique program in Denmark for Odin Teatret that was … [Read more...] about Bring Your Whole Self.
How do you push back against someone else's criticism of something you love and appreciate?Do you tell them that they're "crazy"? You're not alone. Back in May, I listened to a podcast conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Grant wherein they discuss Adam's new book Think Again. (I'm … [Read more...] about “You’re crazy if you think that” (and other nonsense).
Have you ever been in a conversation and felt like you have suddenly become completely hooked?I don't mean in a good way, rather in a way that you and another person are locked in some kind of emotional conflict that is difficult to pinpoint and harder even to break.Sometimes it is because … [Read more...] about When We Get Hooked
People are bombarded with information at every meeting. It is difficult enough just to convey the information clearly to a group of people, never mind having them understand it and take away the key messages.Storytelling is a skill that will help anyone be clearer and create stickier messages … [Read more...] about The Art of Storytelling: Making sense of the details
An "Executive Voice" is the ability to communicate high level ideas while conveying confidence and credibility in the details. People who have to communicate complicated messages to a wide range of audiences (board members, C-Suite, clients, partners, employees and peers) may find that it is … [Read more...] about Claiming Your Executive Voice: Communicate like a leader