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Jane Dutton & Monica Worline, “Awakening Compassion at Work”
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Jane Dutton & Monica Worline, “Awakening Compassion at Work”

Kelly talks to acclaimed scholars Jane Dutton and Monica Worline who show us…

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The Path to Creativity
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The Path to Creativity

It strikes me that the first mistake we make is to assume that there is…

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George Anders, “You Can Do Anything” - The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education
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George Anders, “You Can Do Anything” - The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education

Kelly talks to Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author George…

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Sarah Robb O’Hagan - CEO, Flywheel Sports - Extreme You
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Sarah Robb O’Hagan - CEO, Flywheel Sports - Extreme You

Kelly connects with Sarah Robb O’Hagan whose career has included stints at Virgin,…

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Creativity is a Scared Bunny. Be a Hero and Slay the Judgement Dragon.
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Creativity is a Scared Bunny. Be a Hero and Slay the Judgement Dragon.

Judgement is most people’s fire-breathing dragon. We’re all creative, it’s the nature of being a…

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Creatively Risk It All
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Creatively Risk It All

The ability to take creative risk on any level is necessary to continue pushing the…

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Lisa Bodell, Future Think - Why Simple Wins
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Lisa Bodell, Future Think - Why Simple Wins

Kelly connects with the CEO of Futurethink and author of “Why Simple Wins,”…

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Friederike Fabritius, Neuropsychologist - The Leading Brain
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Friederike Fabritius, Neuropsychologist - The Leading Brain

Kelly digs into the powerful science based strategies for achieving peak performance with…

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Jim Jacoby and Scott Miller, ADMCI - Rediscovering Craftsmanship
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Jim Jacoby and Scott Miller, ADMCI - Rediscovering Craftsmanship

Kelly talks to two entrepreneurs, Jim Jacoby and Scott Miller, who have joined forces to…

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How To Create Ideas When You Can’t Create Time
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How To Create Ideas When You Can’t Create Time

Ideation and creation can happen at any time, in even the smallest windows of time.

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Forging Fearlessness
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Forging Fearlessness

Develop the ability to respond quickly when things don’t go as originally planned while still…

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We Sell Glasses
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We Sell Glasses

Improvisation recognizes that miscomprehension is the normative state of things.

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Dan Kois | Slate Magazine – Politics & Parenting
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Dan Kois | Slate Magazine – Politics & Parenting

Kelly Leonard sits down with Dan Kois of Slate Magazine to discuss politics and parenting.

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Brian Bannon | Commissioner Chicago Public Library “Diversity, Dyslexia and Chance the Rapper”
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Brian Bannon | Commissioner Chicago Public Library “Diversity, Dyslexia and Chance the Rapper”

Kelly is joined by Brian Bannon, Commissioner Chicago Public Library to discuss “Diversity, Dyslexia and…

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The Science of Creativity - Barry Kaufman
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The Science of Creativity - Barry Kaufman

Kelly Leonard sits down with Scott Barry Kaufman, the Scientific Director – Imagination Institute…

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Design Thinking and Drunken Bass Playing - Neil Stevenson
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Design Thinking and Drunken Bass Playing - Neil Stevenson

Neil Stevenson shares fascinating stories from the cutting  edge design firm IDEO and how his…

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Flying, Giving and Improvising - Sonya Jackson
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Flying, Giving and Improvising - Sonya Jackson

Sonya has spent decades helping businesses give back – hear her tales that stretch from…

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Improv Meets Thinking Fast and Slow - Linnea Ghandi
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Improv Meets Thinking Fast and Slow - Linnea Ghandi

Kelly Leonard connects with Linnea Gandhi, who is a passionate practitioner of applied behavioral science…

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Putting Tech in the Room Where it Happens - Michael Slaby
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Putting Tech in the Room Where it Happens - Michael Slaby

Michael Slaby – former CTO, Obama for America; Managing Partner, Timshel – Putting Tech in…

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Follow the Fear: What Artists Can Teach You about Innovation - Peter Himmelman
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Follow the Fear: What Artists Can Teach You about Innovation - Peter Himmelman

Kelly Leonard talks to musician Peter Himmelman about stories, songs and using fear to propel…

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Second City Works Receives Award From Chicago Innovation Foundation
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Second City Works Receives Award From Chicago Innovation Foundation

Second City Works, the B2B arm of the world-renowned…

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Leading Creative Minds Requires Creative Leadership
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Leading Creative Minds Requires Creative Leadership

End the fun? Nah. But leading creative minds requires creative leadership. Author Eric Weiner wrote…

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Training Creativity: The Scientists Say Improvise
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Training Creativity: The Scientists Say Improvise

There are many skeptics out there who scoff at the idea of “training” creativity. More…

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Creativity Is Not Magic
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Creativity Is Not Magic

All of us have bouts of creativity just as we all experience lulls of inertia.

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Getting Unstuck
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Getting Unstuck

The vast majority of individuals work to earn. Their jobs don’t inspire or ignite them;…

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The Last Mile? Try Starting in the Middle
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The Last Mile? Try Starting in the Middle

In improvisation, “start in the middle” is a suggestion that you begin in action, with…

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Framing Your Hate Mail - Part Two
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Framing Your Hate Mail - Part Two

Some of our greatest successes at Second City were born of epic failures.

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Framing Your Hate Mail - Part One
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Framing Your Hate Mail - Part One

Great work emerges from very messy places - filled with painful rhymes, incoherent sub-plots and…

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The Freedom to Fail
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The Freedom to Fail

The failures, the mistakes, the losses - they are all part of cartography for the…

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The Room Where It Happens
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The Room Where It Happens

I think most of us want to be in the room where it happens. Which…

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What David Bowie Teaches Us About Originality
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What David Bowie Teaches Us About Originality

Originality requires failure and an individual’s resilience to not allow that failure to squash future…

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