How Do You Handle the “Stuff”?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 | No Comments

Stuff happens.  When you’re working to accomplish big things and you’re coordinating a million moving parts to make it happen – as most companies are – you can expect that once in awhile things are going to fall through the cracks.  Where the rubber meets the road is not at the point of the mistake, but […]

What’s Underneath?

Posted by on May 8, 2014 | One Comment

He stood up there, rigid and frightened, like a wild animal caught in my headlights on the highway.  His eyes were darting about, avoiding the audience all cost.  He kept wiping his hands on his pants, giving away his sweaty palms.  When he started to speak, he robotically read from his notes, as if being […]

The Madness of Compliance

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 | No Comments

“Deferred to, agreed with, acquiesced in, who can flourish on such a daily diet of compliance?” the doctor asks. “To be curbed, stood up to, in a word thwarted, exercises the character, elasticates the spirit, makes it more pliant. It’s the want of such exercise that makes rulers rigid.”        – The Madness of King George […]

Walkin’ In Their Shoes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 | 5 Comments

One of the greatest gifts the theatre has given me is the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes.  If I look over the landscape of my career, it has probably been the single most important skill I’ve carried with me. I remember back when I had my events company in Seattle – what seems […]

Breaking Through the Roadblocks

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 | One Comment

Yesterday’s post was all about unleashing our talents.  Great stuff!  And it would be a no-brainer, except for the fact that it’s not as easy as just “doing or not doing it”, it often takes getting the roadblocks out of the way first. My mind keeps wandering back, thinking of my friend Jeff.   Jeff is […]

Did You Say Something?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 | 8 Comments

Oh my gosh.  Night-before-last I did the parent-thing that I swore I’d never do.  My kiddo was talking a million miles an hour and I was….well yes, I was on Facebook…and according to witness testimony, I was nodding and smiling and responding to what he was telling me.  Ten minutes later my kiddo came back […]

Does Your Filter Work?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 | 5 Comments

Early in my career I was idealistic, opinionated, and I’m pretty sure that my mouth’s filter was defective.  I remember sitting in meetings in my early 20’s, voicing my thoughts and ideas with abandon, not questioning how they might land.  I of course thought I was “right” about most everything, and wasn’t afraid to say […]

Over-reacting? Maybe It’s a Sign…

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 | 3 Comments

Argh.  I hate it when things don’t go my way!  Yesterday I wanted to get a basic prescription re-filled – one I’ve had re-filled dozens of times, and nothing seemed to go right.  One place didn’t have it it  – it would take days to order.  I trekked to another place – they didn’t have […]