Implementing This Business Process Requires Play, Relaxation, and Fun

I really enjoyed a video I recently came across from TEDx Victoria. It was Improviser Dave Morris presenting what he coined, “The Ways of Improvisation”. In the video, he describes improvisation as a way of doing things that can be used in everyday life. He makes the clear distinction that improvisation is not a single thing, but rather a process that is followed.

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Release the Prisoners (of Meetings)!

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During my frequent incarcerations, I’ve texted friends to find out where we are meeting for dinner, checked stock market quotes and calculated whether I can afford a European vacation next summer.   My detainers were paying no attention and had no idea that these activities were going on right under their noses. On behalf of corporate prisoners of meetings being held captive in board rooms for countless hours around the globe, I’m pleading for release.  Continue reading

The Loch Ness Monster, Executive Presence and Saying Yes – A Workshop Summary

“What do Executive Presence and the Loch Ness Monster have in common?”

There were a few smiles and then one of the ladies in the workshop volunteered the answer I was looking for, “they are both difficult to define and elusive”. The fact that the concept is challenging gave my colleagues and I the recent opportunity to spend a morning exploring the meaning and importance of Executive Presence (EP) with 20 women from various professional backgrounds and experiences. Continue reading

Setting the Stage for Success: Managers & Team Building

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Setting the Stage

I attended a webinar by Human Capital Institute recently on the theme of manager accountability and performance management. I enjoyed the session and afterwards found myself thinking about the responsibilities of a manager that go beyond getting the task done and driving business results. In particular, the need for managers to build strong and effective teams. Continue reading

A New Path to Professional Improv’ment

Learnig key on a keyboardSeeking to improve skills in the corporate environment often involves training or studying the latest books and articles with methods and approaches for leadership, communication, innovation or problem solving. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, it looks like I’m in good company with top tier business schools in thinking there could be more right with it. Continue reading

Fight , Flight or Improvise? A New Way to Approach the Wild Kingdom of the Workplace

LionA last minute cancelation by another speaker resulted in my first opportunity to come in contact with the Transportation industry at the recently held Transport Conference. Preparing my talk, I asked the conference chair about the attendees and the nature of their business challenges. He described a highly competitive and constantly changing environment where survival is usually the first item on the daily agenda. I’ve asked this question quite a few times and have learned that the safest bet I can make is that I will get this same answer whenever I ask about workplace challenges. It seems that whether it is public sector or private; large or small organizations, everyone is feeling pressure and stress. While we are a more complex version, we have the same reactions to stress as the animal kingdom. Continue reading