Why Improv Works for Leadership Training & Team Building

Business Improvisation is poised to be the next “killer app” for organizational growth and performance. It is a highly valuable tool designed to enhance the skills and productivity of an organization’s most valuable asset- its people.”

Robin W. Pratt, Ph.D,

Applied Improv is by nature very engaging.  It teaches through offering an immediate, active, fun, embodied experience, followed by time to reflect and apply the learning to a real-life world.

Applied Improv is not about becoming an actor, a comedian or an entertainer.  It is about acquiring a set of incredibly useful personal and interpersonal skills.  But then it goes much further…

Practicing Applied Improv is a bit like learning a martial art such as Karate.  It begins with a series of exercises; after a short while, you discover these exercises have very direct application and uses;  then you discover a whole philosophy and way of life.  That’s why people development training through Applied Improv is not only powerful but sticky too.

The truth is, it is impossible to learn Improv without being changed. You become more playful, more curious, more supportive, more flexible, less fearful, more collaborative, more appreciative of others, and usually develop a more positive outlook on life.

You don’t have to take this assertion at face value.
Follow these links for just some of the large body of research on how Applied Improv works and what it can achieve for companies and individuals.

Why Top Companies and MBA Programmes are teaching Improv – Fast Company 

Why Improv Training is Great Business Training – Forbes

How Improv Made its way into Corporate America – Vice.com

Improvisation And Learning – A Neuropsychological Viewpoint 

Ted Talk – Your Brain On Improv

The Improvising Organization – Where Planning Meets Opportunity

 What Executives can learn from Improvisation Professionals–Business Improvisation Research Paper

 Business and the Art of Improvisation – published in The British Journal of Administrative Management

 Unpacking Applied Improv

 Leadership Agility: Using Improv to Build Critical Skills

Improv – fast track to social and personal change

 Applied Anthropology Meets Applied Improvisation

Improvisation Power – Executive Excellence Magazine

 34 Reasons to learn Improv

Wall Street Journal Video Report on Business Improv training.

 Essay on Improv-ing your life from Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

 Improvisation Power – Article in Executive Excellence Magazine

 Improvisation and Negotiation: Making It Up as You Go Along – published in Negotiation Journal, April 2004

 Organizational Improvisation: What, When, How And Why

 Improvisation In Action – published in Organisation Science, Vol. 9, No. 5

 Opening Up Innovation: Strategy, Organization and Technology – presented at Summer Conference 2010 at Imperial College London Business School

 Improvisation and Innovative Performance in Teams – published in Organization Science Vol. 16, No. 3


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