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A minute of silence can be more productive than an hour of debate.
~Terry Braverman

Arrest yourself when under the influence of a negative thought.
~Terry Braverman

Give me levity, or give me death!
~Terry Braverman

An intimate relationship is the ultimate training.
~Terry Braverman

Clarity of purpose is the ultimate decongestant.
~Terry Braverman

Faith keeps the voice of fear out of your ear.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Be patient, before you become a patient.
~Terry Braverman

Over-analysis causes paralysis.
~Terry Braverman

May the 'farce' be with you.
~Terry Braverman

Plan some time to be spontaneous.
~Terry Braverman

Laugh at yourself, and you will always be amused.
~Terry Braverman

Imagination sharpens the dull blade of routine.
~Terry Braverman

Inquisitiveness cures boredom; nothing cures inquisitiveness.
~Terry Braverman

Feed your soul, starve your worries.
~Terry Braverman

Avoid time in the Tower of Babble.
~Terry Braverman

Release any false sense of insecurity.
~Terry Braverman

Life is a fantasy, made real by our thoughts.
~Terry Braverman

The positive impact that laughter has on our attitude, insight, productivity, and overall well-being is nothing new. Throughout history, clowns, fools and court jesters plied their trade not only to entertain, but to heal people, impart wisdom, and exercise diplomacy, acting as ambassadors to other kingdoms to build goodwill and defuse conflict. The court jesters pranced around the royal palaces with patented blends of whim and wit. It was their privilege to say whatever they wished. Usually a great ruler was encircled by flatterers, and only from the jester did he ever hear the truth. The jester’s business was to tickle the royal funny bone, divert the king from the tedium of his daily affairs, and offer a slightly skewed yet enlightening perspective on those affairs of the court.

INTERVIEW WITH JAZZ LEGEND/PHILOSOPHER WAYNE SHORTER

One of the most eclectic and influential saxophonists/composers of our lifetime, Wayne Shorter wields a profound and lasting influence that has touched a whole new generation of musicians. His career spans several decades, starting with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the 1950s, Miles Davis in the 60s, and the seminal fusion group Weather Report during the ’70s, progressing to his own very creative groups to date. At the age of 77, his talent is still sought after for concerts, studio work, and film compositions.

Far more than exclusively a jazz musician, Wayne Shorter is a deep thinker who sometimes speaks in cryptic, elliptical analogies and similes, with a decided penchant toward science fiction. Above all, he’s a keen and compassionate observer of the human condition, with insights that can be appreciated and applied by anyone receptive to the message…

Imagination Sharpens the Dull Blade of RoutineKeeping employees energized, enthusiastic, and engaged in their work is a constant challenge in these uncertain times. I have ventured into countless numbers of companies to facilitate seminars, where cultures of “terminal seriousness” are pervasive, and staff looks as if they’re on death row. A recent study showed that almost 80% of all work-related injuries, and illnesses, are stress-related. Companies are starting to acknowledge the need to “lighten up,” and inject some fun into the fundamentals of business. Here are just a few suggestions that can improve morale, teamwork and productivity…

Start a Monday morning off with “humor impact aerobics.” Within a time frame of two-three minutes, this will re-energize your staff after a long weekend and re-connect everyone in the spirit of teamwork. Everyone stands next to each other in a line or circle. Direct them to raise their right arm and shake out their hand, then left arm/left hand. Now have them shake out their right leg, then left leg. Next, right arm/right leg, left arm/left leg, right arm/left leg, left arm/right leg. It will look like an epileptic support group, and the room will fill with laughter as some struggle to maintain their balance. Now, using their right hand, they take the left hand of the person on their right, and shake their hand (the person on their left will be shaking their left hand). Finally, have them face the front of the room and take a deep breath with a slow exhale. Now they are primed and pumped for the day’s tasks!

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