Serving the Story

I’m Starting to Resent Children for Being too Wise


It was November in New York, and I was steeling myself to attend a three-day experiential conference on leadership and authority where I wouldn’t know a soul. I wondered how I would be perceived by people there. Would they see me as a leader? Would I behave as one? I hoped so. Throughout Day One, … Read More


The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part1)

The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part1)


It’s three in the morning in Cusco, Peru, and I am unable to sleep. My heart is pounding in triple time. My hands and feet are in a cold sweat. I am hyperventilating, and my stomach is doing somersaults. It might be hard for an outside observer to detect why: I’m in a cozy hotel … Read More


The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part Two)

The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part Two)


When last we met, it was 3 AM in Cusco, Peru, and I was wide-awake, feeling like I was going to die of anxiety. All day, I had been haunted by the voice of the ferret-like travel doctor: “Altitude sickness can be very serious.” So, at dinner, to calm myself, I took a Diamox, which … Read More


Be in this moment

Be in this moment


Here is a sample thought I had last week as I drifted off to sleep in beautiful sunny Southern California on a recent work trip: “Should I go to this football game in LA on the Saturday after my job ends, or should I head home on Friday afternoon? You know, maybe I should join … Read More


Let go of your agenda: What two five-year-olds taught me about improv

Let go of your agenda: What two five-year-olds taught me about improv


Once, when my oldest daughter was in kindergarten in Portland, she had a playdate scheduled with a friend from her old pre-school. This girl had recently been through a devastating family tragedy, so, wanting to help, I thought carefully about how to make this the most special effin’ playdate that anyone had ever seen. What … Read More


Giving Away My Work: Improv and Art Making

Giving Away My Work: Improv and Art Making


I have been performing improv for over 30 years now. One of the reasons I love to get up on stage without a script or any idea of what is going to happen next is the thrill of collaborating in the moment. The collision of ideas on stage can be magical, scary, and thrilling, but … Read More