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Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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Sock Monkey bonds with Kellogg's visitor...

The following is an excerpt from a visitor that came to play at a recent Sock Monkey improv troupe gathering. 


While I have always enjoyed watching improv shows like “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” or visiting comedy clubs like Second City in Chicago, playing is a whole new experience.  At the start, I focused primarily on just trying to keep up!  Once my nerves settled down and I became more comfortable with the troupe, my focus turned to being quicker thinking on my feet.

Doing improvisation is challenging, rewarding, and a ton of laughs. It requires you to read your scene partner, feed them material, and use the material they offer you to keep the scene progressing.

At the end of each scene, we spent time providing feedback from a group perspective.  Generally feedback is viewed as negative, being difficult to give and to receive.  However, I found that after each scene I was better connected with the troupe members and more in tune with myself, so I welcomed the feedback and took it positively.   

Looking back on my first improv experience, I realize that in just a few short hours I learned a great deal about myself, specifically how my words and body language can take any conversation in a completely different direction.  I also learned that although I’ve always felt like a leader, when introduced to something new for the first time, I tend to be more of a follower….at least until I’m comfortable, then I become a leader again. What scares me about leading the unknown? I’m not sure, but I’m excited to work on it. 

Just like an athlete, leaders need to practice to keep their skills fine-tuned and their minds sharp. I’ll be adding improvisation to my leadership workout.  And I look forward to my next opportunity to “play”!

Renae Hoglen | Kellogg Symphony (Supply and Planning Team) 


What if you tried a "different" approach…?  

Improvisational comedy isn’t just for the clichéd extroverted funny-people.  In fact, the introverted quiet-thinkers will surprise you in astonishing ways.  Comedy transcends as it translates, which is why so many companies are merging this art form with business thinking.  

Improvisational comedy offers the ultimate platform for translating unpredictable input into scenes, persona, perspective, and emotion.  It’s a playground for the mind, body, and soul.  It’s about a different way of seeing, being in, and translating the world around us – including the world of work.

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Improvisation is first about letting go... Letting go of fear of failure and of the perception of others. Then it's about finding your voice... Finding who you are and how best to express yourself in context. In short, improvisation is about balancing do and be. Do be do be do. ;)

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