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The Improvisation Edge

Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work

Karen Hough


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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.

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

“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.”
—Steve Bodow, Co-Executive Producer and former head writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and seven-time Emmy Award winner

“Hough does an amazing job of explaining how to translate the energy of an improv troupe from the stage to the workplace. The impact is both practical and powerful, not to mention fun.”
—Jerry Stritzke, President and Chief Operating Officer, Coach

“I am responsible for the development of 60,000 leaders at US Bank and have not seen any approach that provides a better context for individual, team, and organizational development.”
—Sonny Randall, Leadership Development Manager, US Bank, and President, Central Ohio Chapter, ASTD

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781605095851, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2011

About the Author

Karen Hough, 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.