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.
The Improvisation Edge
#1 Bestseller on Amazon.com in category
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.
“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
“Improvisation isn’t just key to the comedy business—it can be a key to any business. Karen brings classic improv principles to the world of business with great intelligence and humor. Should you read her book? Yes, and...” — Steve Bodow, Co-Executive Producer and former head writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and seven-time Emmy Award winner
“Karen Hough does an amazing job of explaining how to translate the energy and creativity of an improv troupe from the stage to the work- place. The result is a set of concise keys that will help build trust and promote collaboration and teamwork within a business environment. The impact is both practical and powerful, not to mention fun.” — Jerry Stritzke, President and Chief Operating Officer, Coach