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!
Does your boss have a deeper voice than you? Could lowering your voice increase your annual income? Even to pose the question seems ridiculous... particularly in light of all those years spent in MBA programs. But that's what a recent study may suggest. "...researchers found that executives … [Read more...] about Deeper voice means more salary: True or False?
3 of my favorite office pranks April 1st is a time to fool your friends with office pranks. It's the one time of the year where you are absolved from your prank by saying the phrase "April Fools". Jokes and pranks are a way to celebrate friendship. So...what are you waiting for....let the … [Read more...] about April 1st: Pranks to fool your friends
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?
You’re a company that needs to communicate your messages to an audience. These messages are key to achieving your business goals and increasing profitability. So how do you ensure that your audience listens to your story? Take a lesson from the movies! Theater is about telling stories. If you … [Read more...] about The Four Rules of Engagement: How to Create Trade Show Communication That Works
Why is it that political ads are so successful (or obsessed) with pushing you away from the 'other candidate' instead of attracting you to their candidate? Neurology tells us that 'fear' has a more direct path to the brain than pleasure. For example, if we are walking through tall grass and see … [Read more...] about Pleasure or Pain (Me-me-me vs. Not-Them!)
You're standing in the lobby of the theater...the audience is leaving and a few are staying behind to greet the performers. Finally your friend emerges from the theater face flush from the rush of performance. They look to you...their eyes widen a bit and their eye brows rise up....they're … [Read more...] about What to say after the performance?
Somethings about business never change....like the neck tie. Men still wear neck ties as a symbol of seriousness about the business. Heck, some men even fret about their neck tie knot cleavage! (You do know about knot cleavage don't you? The little wrinkle under the knot of the tie.) But … [Read more...] about 7 Business Fashion Rules: Jeans at an off-site
Can your doodles be a new career? Lynn Carruthers turned her doodling into a career and she can teach you how you can too. Now she attends meetings and conferences and draws images on a big piece of paper. She captures the ideas that are being talked about in words and images. It's called … [Read more...] about Turn your Doodles into a Career