Sunday, September 25, 2011

joining brain hibernation

a little blog-hush ... i'm joining my friend dorothy in a bit of a brain hibernation. well, i've kind of been blog quiet, anyway, so i guess i'm tagging along. dorothy shared a great quote over here, and here is the quote, also ...

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

~ Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, Psychiatrist

blog quiet ... from geek-perspective, prior to this post, there certainly has been a dip in my post frequency. and july?! what the heck happened in july? i dunno.

gonna pick up the pace ... nevertheless, we're heading into october, the start of the 4th quarter. so perhaps time for picking up the pace - end of year, birthday thing, 30th high school reunion coming up, holidays, fall weather, pop culture television, ... who knows from where the inspiration will come? well, it was nice to revisit gretchen rubin's 13 tips for actually getting some writing done.

meanwhile, as art shared at peet's this morning -
"cool ... just do it"

Saturday, September 10, 2011

f|break: saturday morn

the morning after ... it's the morning after my second improv show @madeuptheatre (on facebook, web, yelp, twitter, youtube). unfortunately, we didn't take a group picture after yesterday night's performance, so this pic is from after the june performance.

thank you ... to those who made it over to the show - becky, idalia, joel, nicole. i definitely appreciate the support, and i'm glad you had fun! and as you know, the show was videotaped! and yes, i will share what i can. meanwhile, for those who made it to the show, one word -


- and YOU KNOW what THAT means! sock dreams? sock fetishes? well, whatever new meaning "socks" takes on for you, i'm glad to have shared (and created) the sock moments for you! AND you'll get a re-share when the video is available, so you may (if you choose to do so) relive our improv story for the suggestion "socks" - and that baby scene. yes, THAT baby scene. (shiver) the baby scene. the baby scene. the baby scene.

improv +baby ... to hold you over until the video is available, fortunately, it turns out that seasoned improvisers can pull of a scene with a baby; not that we didn't, but just sayin'. 3 for all (on facebook, twitter, web, youtube), who will actually be performing this friday and saturday at SF's bayfront theater, performs a scene with a baby.

enjoy a fiber break with 3 for all (over here)
for ~ 2:52 min (but no socks, though. heehee)

what to wear

Friday, September 9, 2011

f|break: friday ... got improv?

yes, improv again ... tonight with other fellow improv students at @madeuptheatre (on facebook, web, yelp, twitter, youtube) in fremont, with the show starting at 8 pm. this will be our second show as a group.

this group picture is from our first show back in june. after 8 weeks in the beginners class (aka MUT Improv A) and another 8 weeks as part of MUT Improv B, our performance back in june was kind of like graduation of sorts. now after another 8 weeks as part of MUT Improv C, as described by our instructors, we are taking our ABCs and performing.

made up theatre shows ...
every saturday there is a show at made up theatre, and as improv goes, every show is different! our instructors are fun. poached from MUT's facebook, here are a couple of pics from their performance at the 2011 san francisco improv festival.

and if you want to take a bit of a long fiber break, kick back.

enjoy this long fiber break with the made up theatre (MUT), aka the eye-candy guys (according to one of the emcees), (over here) in a clip of ~ 30 minute when MUT performed at the SF improv festival. and yes, shirlnutkin sponsored them! head over here at IndieGoGo, and you, too, can support them!

... that's what she said ...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

f|break: saturday morn

fresh balls ... REALLY?! yes ... really! it's what you are thinking. a friend on facebook posted a pic of an ad from men's journal. a product to keep men feeling fresh down there. and now for a fiber break and then some.

diversifying keeping it fresh and dry ...
out of curiosity, i checked, and indeed YES, they have a facebook page (over here). it's simply a product to keep "IT" fresh and dry. and "IT" doesn't stop at fresh balls. they have different product offerings for different body parts. check out their u.s. site for your product preference(s) - balls, breasts, and feet (and more on the way). and for balls and breasts, there are some little words of empathy and encouragement from what appears to be a so fresh, so dry (on twitter, youtube) spokeswoman when you check out each of those two products on their website.

enjoy the appetizer fiber break over here
for ~ 47 seconds with the banned commercial
... funky junk ...
your man business

enjoy the main course fiber break with jimmy kimmel (over here)
for ~ 4:31 (though you can stop at 2:45)
while howie mandel shares a gift with jkl
and my balls
... it's like springtime in my pants

enjoy a dessert fiber break with public citizen dan (over here)
for ~30 seconds as he shares is testimonial
... so fresh, so dry,
so fly balls ...

Friday, September 2, 2011

staycation f|break: fri morn

day two of my inspired break ... still kinda sorta off-the-grid as i was on day one (over here). answering questions that have been swirling around in my head. and this morn, i am continuing to prep for greenleaf center class work - applying key practices of servant leadership - as shared (over here).

connecting the dots ... this morn's thoughts swirling around servant leadership and compassion. (yeah ... it's a self-reflection staycation.)

curious, also, about servant leadership? ... a friend was curious about servant leadership, given she also has been involved in several leadership training activities. while i shared with her my becoming aware of servant leadership, i also shared with her several links and resources from the greenleaf center's site, with what is servant leadership? being one of them. and as shared by the greenleaf center -

The phrase “Servant Leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, he said:

"The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature."

"The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?"

what authors have shared ... also on the what is page are comments from other authors, many whose books and perspectives have served as the core of various leadership, personal, professional, and organizational development training. head over to the what is page (over here) for the full complement. meanwhile, here are tidbits from each -
ken blanchard - "... servant seadership is about getting people to a higher level by leading people at a higher level."

stephen covey - " ...
through the empowerment of people ... high-trust cultures ... leaders are learning that this kind of empowerment, which is what servant leadership represents, is one of the key principles that ..."

ann mcgee-cooper and duane trammell - "...
the focus of servant leadership is on sharing information, building a common vision, self-management, high levels of interdependence, learning from mistakes, encouraging creative input from every team member, and questioning present assumptions and mental models."

m. scott peck - "servant leadership is more than a concept ... an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself primarily as a servant of that group and will act accordingly."

peter m. senge - "i believe that the book Servant Leadership, and in particular the essay, “The Servant as Leader,” which starts the book off, is the most singular and useful statement on leadership that i have read in the last 20 years. ... this one essay penetrates to such a depth ... i found myself stopped, repeatedly, by a single sentence or phrase."

margaret wheatley - "... i believe that if the real work is to stay together, then we are not only the best resource to move into this future—we are the only resource…. we need to learn how to be together: that is the essential work of the servant-leader."
compassion ... while reading the wheatley quote, i was reminded of compassion.

here's an extended fiber break with robert thurman (over here)
for ~ 18 min as part of charter for compassion

" ... quoting einstein ...
a human being is part of the whole,
called by us, universe, a part limited in time and space.

buddhist psychology, wherein compassion, karuna,
it is called,
is defined as,
"the sensitivity to another's suffering
and the corresponding will
to free the other from that suffering."

got servant leadership?

applying key practices ... with @greenleafcenter, sept 9 will be the first of five classes in the applying the key practices of servant leadership in the coming months with the greenleaf center for servant leadership.

foundations ...
last week, i just completed the foundations of servant leadership, as i had described in a previous post - the day after ... i took the first class. here is my final paper's intro paragraph.

getting started ... just as with foundations, we have a class wiki. our instructor is jeff miller (@jeffmiller79)
and dolores jones (over here) is our program coordinator. our course requirements include -
  • keep up with the reading
  • be on as many of our conference calls as possible and be open to learning, sharing, and asking good questions
  • keep a journal of your thoughts, questions, reflections
  • contribute your thoughts and questions to our wiki
  • submit a final "reflection paper" at the end of the class

- and in preparation for our first class, we are asked the following -

  • have the first two sets of readings done
  • log into the wiki and introduce yourself
  • start my journal on thoughts/reflections
- and what a collection of readings(!) -
  • start with humility
  • seven pillars of servant leadership
  • foresight as the central ethic of leadership
  • it's your ship
  • authentic conversations
  • (via dvd) james autry keynote on love & profit
- and then there are a couple of suggested considerations for tools -
  • mindmapping
  • sensemaking
i'm excited
(while reading!)

refreshing & regrouping ... time to start a new springpad note

Thursday, September 1, 2011

staycation: thurs morn

an inspired break ... i'm taking time off-the-grid (well, kinda sorta), catching up on stuff (home, work, r|cat, on-line activities), journaling (in my moleskine, spring pad), connecting (people, activities), and checking-in (as i mentioned for recommitting) on my yhd2011 that also is part of my reverb10 vision board. (i know, woo-woo.)

goal for my staycation? ...
unanswered questions in my head will be answered.

cubeopolis world ...
a very few people will understand why this clip speaks to me and why i am totally in brainstorm creativity mode. (and yes, that includes the office archeologist!) in enjoyed the ~ 8:13 minutes of MIT's doing anthropology (over here)


... connecting aspects of social life and cultural life
that people don't automatically connect ...

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