A Class on Power [alt: A Power Class] At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, students cram into a small classroom to learn about power. The class is called “Acting with Power,” and it’s taught by professor Deb Gruendfeld and a team of experts with a background in both professional theater … [Read more...] about If You Want to be a Leader, Follow This One Rule!
Status is a hot potato in the workplace. Who has it? How to get it? This article asks “What do Applied Improvisers bring to the corporate table?” What do we know about pecking order on stage that sparks organizational collaboration, creativity, and change? This article is excerpted from my … [Read more...] about Navigating the Corporate Dance of Status
"What do you get for free?" This was the question that Bill Irwin, actor, clown and MacArthur 'Genius award' winner asked a small group of student clowns at San Francisco's world-renowned Circus Center. They looked puzzled. He went on to explain that performers are always trying to be someone … [Read more...] about What do you get for free? What are you saying before you open your mouth?
Hemingway and Gellhorn is my 4th movie working with Director Phil Kaufman...5th if you count my role as a dying German soldier at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark which Phil wrote. In Hemingway and Gellhorn I played an American journalist covering the Spanish Civil war....and unlike Hemingway, … [Read more...] about Nicole Kidman is funny.
You're late, you're rushing and it seems that people and things are not cooperating with your schedule. Why won't they get our of your way?! Finally you arrive at the meeting, slightly out of breath. You burst into the room, everyone looks up and you begin a familiar pattern: Apology followed … [Read more...] about What to say when you are late to a meeting
What day is that job? I had traveled across the country to deliver a workshop for a company that was facing a tough challenge: their business focus was shifting and the team was resistant. I had arranged with a colleague in the area to work with me to lead exercises designed to reveal personal … [Read more...] about What day is that job?
You need to engage and inform a group. It may be an internal group like new-hires or an external group like attendees at a trade show. Your job is on the line. It is an opportunity for you to do well or extremely well. Oh sure, you could always choose one of your own people to do the job....but … [Read more...] about Creating the dramatic without the 'drama'!