The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work

  • 2h 14m
  • Karen Hough
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2011

Your team won’t talk. Your boss answers no. What do you do next?

Take a tip from the last place you would expect: the improvisational stage.

All kinds of books have been written about building trust and teamwork. But The Improvisation Edge is the only one that draws on the knowledge of experts in trust building: theatrical improvisers. Think about it: other than combat, no situation requires more extreme trust than improv. You have no script, costumes, or set—nothing but your fellow actors. Improvisers must manage risk, collaborate radically, create deep trust, and turn disasters into opportunities—which are also vital business skills.

Karen Hough describes four secrets that help leaders, trainers, managers, and frontline employees adopt the improviser’s mind-set. You’ll learn techniques to create a positive environment, encourage fearless participation, and turn “Oops!” into “Eureka!” The Improvisation Edge offers a hands-on way to build an organizational culture that makes breakthrough business results possible.

About the Author

Karen Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, a company that creates learning experiences, training and consulting using improvisation to teach business skills. For many years a senior sales executive in the networking engineering industry, she has also been a professional improviser and actor for 20 years, including training at Chicago’s legendary Second City.

In this Book

  • Introduction—Your Biggest Problem at Work and the Most Unexpected Solution
  • The First Secret of Improvisation—Yes! Space
  • The Second Secret of Improvisation—Building Blocks
  • The Third Secret of Improvisation—Team Equity
  • The Fourth Secret of Improvisation—Oops to Eureka!
  • Conclusion—Practice. Then Celebrate!
  • Notes