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Wimbrovisers

Wimbrovisers

 Wimbrovisers Hope you are enjoying your Wimbeldon. Listen out for the commentators applauding a player for an improvised shot. They mean that the player has done something a bit unusual – with an odd angle or an unlikely stretch. Yet there’s another sense in which...

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Failure Fetish Flies Again

Failure Fetish Flies Again

 Failure fetish files again The failure fetish gets another airing in a TEDx talk, brought to my attention in a recent newsletter from a colleague. A child does poorly in a school test and doesn’t tell me, his mother, says Dr. Kathleen Ciez-Volz. ‘Gabe is embarrassed...

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How did you get here: did you improvise?

How did you get here: did you improvise?

 How did you get here: did you improvise? It’s fun to ask people at meetings how they got there. They usually answer with details of a walk, a car drive or an adventure with public transport. Someone occasionally asks how far back I want them to begin. “I was born in...

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Why it is wise to improvise

Why it is wise to improvise

Why it is wise to improvise When you ask people to define wisdom, they tell you it’s about ‘Exercising judgement when it’s not possible to be certain’. And that is also a pretty good definition of improvisation. Wisdom takes care of the gap between what we notice and...

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How Oxford proposes flexibility from the top

How Oxford proposes flexibility from the top

 How Oxford proposes flexibility from the top Professor Louise Richardson has spoken of her vision for Oxford's future as she becomes Vice-Chancellor of the University. She aims to keep Oxford in the forefront of international education with 'ever more creativity,...

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The Improvisation Feedback Trick

The Improvisation Feedback Trick

So you want to feel certain feelings? Well, you need fast and reliable feedback from your experiences, to know whether or not you are getting the feelings you want.
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How our brilliant brains make things Easy

How our brilliant brains make things Easy

The human brain has evolved to make life easy for us. We do most of what we do effortlessly. Yes, we have sometimes unfortunate biases and heuristics that don’t always work for us. But these are exceptions to the brain’s brilliance.
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The Improvisation Borderline

The Improvisation Borderline

What’s the difference between a performance that is improvised and one that is not? It’s the script, obviously. Yet actors quite rightly object to us supposing that their performances are fixed. Part of their art is to make any performance appear spontaneous. And, of course, if it is live, then it is ‘in the moment’ and in some sense unpredictable.
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On The Big Stage

On The Big Stage

It was a routine training conference. Between sessions, there was a nice moment when a guy in shorts and long hair played some jazz on the piano at the side of the stage.
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How to get happy by noticing more of our direct experiences

How to get happy by noticing more of our direct experiences

Happiness, says author Paul Dolan, is a mix of purpose and pleasure.  During a lecture at London’s Conway Hall, he argued that one of the problems with studies of happiness is that people tend to offer evaluations of how happy they think they were over a period of time, rather than direct in-the-moment ratings of their experience.
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