Talk, Talk, Talk

Let’s try an imaginary experiment. Try to recollect as quickly as you can the very first time you became aware you had run up against a language problem to solve…

Do you find your recollection coming up quickly, or slowly? Do you easily find yourself right in the moment?

Or do you find yourself choosing? From a trickle or from a cascade of moments?

Do you feel comfortable with this recollecting experience? Or not?

That’s right! Comfortable, or not, how long since you earned a gold star for approaching language on your own terms?

Our perspective draws on two points: you and language. Did you notice the simple linguistic shift from ‘experiment’ to ‘experience’..?

Did you just notice that we’ve inoculated what is technically a ‘finite ellipsis’ at the end of the first paragraph with an ‘interrogative’?

So, what’s the point of our babble, our play with language and punctuation?

Right again! You gain a blue-sky point of view, ‘above’ the two points of ‘you and language’. Notice, sky-blue fades into open-sky near ‘your apex’. Rarer air…?

Whoever Breathes Rarer Air May Outgrow ‘Over-Specializing’

Hector Rodriges engages his game-designing readers-leaders for twenty (20) closely authored ‘pages’ by interpreting the artful Dutch historian Johan Huizinga’s ground-breaking study Homo Ludens (1938).

Rodriges hoves true to Huizinga’s inventive course through concise, iterative approximations. Specifically, Rodriges alludes often to what eludes us always both on direct approach and as indirect inquiry: the telling conjunctions of ‘the playful and the serious’ in constellations of cultural creation.

Rodriges seeks to connect the deeply perspectival, millennial ‘dots’ from 75 years ago with the much rarer air of what my colleagues Thomas Koulopolous and Dan Keldsen call The Gen Z Effect: the results-rooted building of a natively post-generational world.

How do you know you may actually live in and might eventually breathe this rarer air of cultural creation? Well..? Whenever you draw ‘your interpretive circle’, what Huizinga calls your ‘magic circle’, the games you may elect to play encourage you, iteratively, to opt out of generational frames of mind; and also, decisively, to supersede the over-specialization that begets and gets caused by dialectical frame-working.

So, where’s the power of our babble?

Going beyond the occasions of ‘you and language’ may deliver up opportunities to perform at ‘your apex’, figuratively speaking of course. You draw upon the magic of your interpretive circle in order to own, to re-unify experiment with experience.

Technically, ‘redintegration’ is what wiser folks of old called ‘hierosgamos’, being one with the rhythms of vision and value, being within ‘the order of nature’.

More than personally though, ‘you find that the power of our babble brooks no anxiety, no phantoms of opposition, to ‘your’ owning up to peak performance.. Why not? Own up — synchronously— to second-order thinking as well as to second-order naivety; to serious playfulness, to playing even now infinitely fulsome rounds of ever more punctual ‘imagineering’…? As you grow in, you also outgrow…


Dr. Jefferson Stewart

The Language Lab Guest Blogger: Dr. Jefferson Stewart has been serving Fortune 10-100-1000 firms; key private and public institutions; and uniquely sovereign communities for more than 40 years.

Dr. Stewart serves as a proven catalyst by tightly focusing top-leader teams on mission-critical dimensions of their core intellectual properties; by closely timing rapid market entries for their emerging businesses; and by firmly embedding purposeful generosity in high-growth locales for visionary global value-creation.

For 50+ years, Dr. Jeff has been serving as ordained elder (30+ years, elder at large) for his faith communities as well as Loyal Eagle, BSA. Contact him at

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