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

“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