Becoming a “yes man”

Becoming a “yes man”

Improv Principle: Yes, and… Business Reframe: Take in what your customer \ associate says, and add a little something of your own. Quote from a bigwig who gets it: “Creative teams, the participants are told, now need to behave more like improv actors – story building’ instead of storytelling – so they can respond in real time to an unpredictable audience. “ Fast Company Magazine...

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The Joy of Co-creation

The Joy of Co-creation

After a broad overview of how to use improv principles in your business, I talked about making your partner look good. And now the next principle… Improv Principle: Discover the joy of co-creation Business Reframe: Your business is built creating a dialogue WITH others, not by doing a monologue Quote from a big-wig who gets it: “Self sufficiency appears to be a worthy goal, but it’s now...

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It’s Tuesday! (Improv in Business)

It’s Tuesday! (Improv in Business)

I want to continue looking at the huge changes going on in how business gets done, and why the biggest business authors out there today are urging you to the use improv principles in your business. So let’s start with… Principle #1: Make your partner look good Business Reframe: Your customers and associates are real people, not statistics or cogs – treat them as living, breathing, feeling...

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Our Annual Report in the Style of Tennessee Williams…

Our Annual Report in the Style of Tennessee Williams…

Improv has suddenly become a very hot topic for business.  Sometimes improv is mentioned directly (like in Fast Company Magazine, or in Chris Brogan’s bestseller “Trust Agents”).  Others like Gary Vaynerchuk and Seth Godin, have focused on some principles of improv as new paradigms of business (without mentioning improv by name). I recently attended a presentation by David Sibbet (founder...

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Defining “Win”

Defining “Win”

A new book about video games and society explains the benefits of the "flow" state gamers often get. Improvisors get it too, but how can we get better at getting into "flow" and how can we get more "flow" in everyday life.

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