September Daily Blogging Challenge

I have only been a part of a daily blogging challenge since the beginning of August 2017, but already I see great value and results in my life from participating.  1.) The daily deadline has pushed me to the edges of my creative flow and formed it into a consistently achievable and sustainable state of…

Interpreting Silence

It is 8:00 AM and you open up your laptop to check your email. There is still no response from your friend who you wrote two days ago. That’s strange, you think.  This friend always replies back right away. This is when you start to think that maybe something is wrong. Is everything ok? Has there been…

My FIVE biggest fears

As humans, we often come equipped with a handful of paralyzing fears, many of which seem to contradict our personalities, interests or occupations. Today I have put together my FIVE biggest fears in hopes that they might make others realize they are in good company when it comes to irrational phobias. The stories below are…

The Improvisational Parent

I spend my days as an evangelist of the “Yes, and” mindset. Working with leaders and collaborators, I help them to understand with respectful engagement and a non-judgemental environment can do to improve their culture and consequently boost their profits. I spend my evenings attempting to do the same with my five-year-old son Elijah. Maintaining a…

Just. Spend. The. Dollar.

The year was 1987. I stood at my dad’s bedroom door begging him to take me and my Ziploc bag filled with quarters to the arcade so that I could take another stab at playing Mrs. Pacman or Galaga. Sometimes you would wait patiently behind another person who had a stack of quarters balanced between…

FIVE ways to craft a safe collaborative space

At the beginning of my career I was asked to join a group tasked with brainstorming, strategizing and implementing a new campaign for a major brand. I was young at the time but I was known for high intuition and clarity in my ideas. As we began the first session, the facilitator started by simply…

Move these FIVE books to the top of your reading list

If you are like me, you have a stack of books that you have been either meaning to read or working your way through over time. It always seems like there are more books coming out and the stack grows with every purchase. Below I list five books that you should pull from their place…

The FIVE People of whom I am the Average

By now, most of us have heard the quote by renowned businessman Jim Rohn who said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” In 2014 I left SunTrust Bank to venture out on my own as a freelancer. Within a week of leaving I had met with each…

Blogging without a Net

Because I am an improviser, and I am used to working intuitively in situations that offer no plan B, you would think that starting a blogging challenge with no prior prep would be right up my alley. The reality is, I woke up this morning realizing that I had crashed in bed last night without…

Infinitely Re-watchable – The Lost Room Miniseries

The Lost Room is my favorite sci-fi television show of all time. The idea that an ordinary looking motel room key might be sold for two million dollars or that everyone in the room might be killed horrifically in order to steal it captured my imagination from the first scene. How about a comb that…

A Culture of Yes-and

Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. –Shawn Parr I work in a culture of Yes-and. It is how I approach my life and my relationships. Yes-and is how I make my decisions and how I (when I…

Why the Dollop Podcast is Improv Gold

You’re Listening to the Dollop! The Dollop is a bi-weekly American History Podcast. Every week, I, Dave Anthony read a story to my friend, Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about. On April 21 of this year, I was minding everyone else’s business on Facebook when I saw…