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Sailors, Outward Bound and Confidence

Sailors, Outward Bound and Confidence

It seems that British Sailors in WWII were often stranded in the icy waters of the North Atlantic after their ships sank. Doctors noticed, surprisingly, that the…

Cindy Tonkin July 25, 2009
The surfer story

The surfer story

At lunch today with Glen, he told me the story about one of his bosses who dealt very well with conflict and stress. This boss always overspent his budget, and…

Cindy Tonkin July 23, 2009
Playing makes you smarter

Playing makes you smarter

Listen to Stuart Brown, an expert on play, speaking at TED. His research says that play is not just joyful and energising, it's also deeply involved in developing…

Cindy Tonkin April 16, 2009
It's all in the debrief

It's all in the debrief

Back in November 08 I ran a 3 hour improvising session for facilitators. Here's an outline of the session from one of the facilitators' points of view. Daryl's…

Cindy Tonkin March 12, 2009
Wisdom and improvisation

Wisdom and improvisation

I have just watched Barry Schwartz speaking on wisdom. Larry asserts that a wise person knows when to improvise. He uses the example of hospital janitors recognising…

Cindy Tonkin February 18, 2009
Charles Darwin the improviser

Charles Darwin the improviser

Hey, Charles Darwin said: "in the long history of humankind (and animalkind too), those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed". So…

Cindy Tonkin February 4, 2009
Improvisation in business

Improvisation in business

The online magazine Change This has a great article on how improvisation techniques can help business people. It also talks about animation techniques used by…

Cindy Tonkin January 18, 2009
Story-telling: risk is exciting!

Story-telling: risk is exciting!

We just got back from a cool job in Vietnam. We helped 42 accountants find their inner story teller in front of 100 of their peers. The program was part of a broader…

Cindy Tonkin July 13, 2008