Building the Critical Skill of Mental Agility 


The current global climate has recently been described as VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. 

How can someone prepare to survive, much less succeed in this climate? 

The only way to prepare is to become more aware and adaptable, more resilient and resourceful.  In other words, start using your brain in a more conscious and flexible fashion – learn to bend it in different directions and to make those shifts quickly.

The bad news is these skills are not taught in business school.  The good news is they are a central aspect of improvisation theater training.  With over 30 year’s experience of adapting improv theatrical tools and techniques, Sue Walden will guide you safely into the waters of improvisation to explore the process to build these skills for yourself.  You will participate in a variety of playful activities, both verbal and non-verbal, plus some illuminating debriefs and discussions.

The Bendable Brain Explores

  • The basic skills and attitudes required for a Bendable Brain
  • The ACE process and how it can support us through desired changes
  • Mental momentum and how to turn it off
  • Shifting perceptions, i.e. from seeing problems to seeing possibilities;
    mistakes as useful information; less as enough
  • Seeing beyond the obvious
  • Making new and surprising connections
  • Recovering quickly from inappropriate choices

The day concludes with an opportunity to apply your more flexible brain to a current challenge.


Thursday, May 4th, 9:30 am – 5pm

Location: St. Francis Medical Office Bldg. (not the hospital)
1199 Bush Street @ Hyde,
Lower Level Conference Room San Francisco,
CA 94109 (off-street Parking nearby)

Doors open at 9:00 for registration & coffee/tea

Registration via PayPal: $225 / $175
Early bird by May 1 / Two early birds for $300/ AIN Early Bird: $150

Includes lunch and a copy of Sue’s book: “Yes And Your Mental Agility”

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