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Reinventing Our Rituals: Why We Need to Hold On to Our Traditions—But Not Too Tightly

As the year finally—thankfully—comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that we’ve experienced in 2020. It took me all the way back to last spring, as the first waves of the coronavirus pandemic began crashing ashore and changed pretty much everything for pretty much all of us. I remember that at that …

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Overcome by a Challenge? Forget about It and Go Play

Noted improv expert Janna Sobel joined us for a recent Disruptor Studio session to demonstrate how doing improv can help us access new ways of solving problems as we work to blow sh*t up on a daily basis. Janna knows what she’s talking about: she’s a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory Program, where she’s …

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ACT FAST, FAIL FAST, LEARN FAST? SCIENCE SAYS WE LEARN FASTER WHEN WE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE.

A recent study in Scientific American showed that people learn faster when they are free to choose which action they make, even if the choice initially leads to a negative outcome. The concept, “choice-confirmation bias,” produces “stabler learning over a wide range of simulated conditions than unbiased (no choice) did.” Researchers also believe that choice-confirmation …

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Mindset 3: Embrace the Mess and Enjoy the Reward

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves.” That’s what Cheryl Strayed concludes in her best-selling memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  After her mother’s death, Strayed made a string of bad choices that led to a failed marriage and substance abuse. With nothing more …

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Mindset 2: Authenticity Before Action

In August, astronauts safely splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, completing NASA’s first successful mission in partnership with a commercial space flight company, Elon Musk’s SpaceX. It was a bright spot for all of us worried about what shoe might drop next in this year of disasters. And it offered a lesson in a …

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Shift Your Mindset and Move To Healing: Radical Relationships

What do radical relationships look like in America? Consider an episode of Black-ish in which Dre Johnson finds a girl in an elevator.  Dre begins the scene with a question: “What truly makes America great?” Then he steps towards the office elevator, where he finds a little white girl, alone and on the verge of …

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Healing the Great Divide: When a Red Man Stood Up for What Is Right

My hope is that we develop enough courage to develop courage. To try to have, try to learn to treat each other fairly, with generosity and kindness. Maya Angelo I’ve never understood this quote more than I do today. Just like so many of you, I’m struggling with our current world. So much tension. So …

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