The Improvisation Edge; Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work Karen Hough

About Karen

founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, was a senior sales executive for many years. She also has been a professional improviser and actor for twenty years, training at Chicago’s legendary Second City.

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Trust is the oil of organizational effectiveness. It is what enables people to work together, share ideas, take risks. Without it, an organization will suffer severely. But with all of the pressures and difficult decisions in business, trust can be in short supply.

There are all kinds of resources out there about building trust. The Improvisation Edge is unique in that it draws on the wisdom of those who are truly experts in the dynamics of trust-building: theatrical improvisers. Think about it: other than combat, no situation requires more extreme trust than improvisation. You have no script, costumes or set. All you have are your fellow improvisers. The skills, philosophy and behaviors of improvisation are radically collaborative—and when you collaborate on such an intense level, you intrinsically engender trust.

“We LOVED Karen’s workshop at the HBA.  I have participated in Improv workshops before and this was exceptional!” — Marie E. Sanchirico, PhD, Medical Managed Care Director, Medical Affairs - MS Franchise, Genzyme Corporation

“I really enjoyed the workshop. It’s not often training results in the sort of instant improvement I saw in myself and my colleagues.” — Open Innovation Manager, Global Scientific Organization

“I was amazed at the high levels of trust and familiarity that were built in such a short time! When I first sat down, I was nervous and wondering, ‘What are we getting into?’ Within less than a half-hour, my worry was gone, the entire group was engaged and we came further in skills and development in one day than I ever could have imagined.” — Eric Hardgrove, Director of Corporate Communication, Nationwide