Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change

Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change

by Karen Hough


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781562865719
Publisher: Association for Talent Development
Publication date: 10/07/2017
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 817,305
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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, Hough was also a professional improviser and actor for 20 years, including training at Chicago’s legendary Second City.

ImprovEdge received the silver Stevie International Award for “Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012” for Women in Business. Hough is the recipient of the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding women-owned business, and ImprovEdge is a certified WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise). Hough writes numerous articles for industry media and has been featured in TD magazine, Mashable.com, and BusinessInsider.com. She is a national conference keynote speaker on topics such as executive presence and presentation skills, negotiation, and leadership.

Hough is on the advisory board of Key Bank’s Key4Women National Initiative, and on the board of WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development), as well as a past board member of Yale’s Whim ‘n Rhythm Alumnae Association. She is a member of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Actors), NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), NSA (National Speakers Association), eWomenNetwork, and ATD.

Hough trained with Chicago’s legendary Second City and had a career in stage, film, and TV, and was in more than 100 live and filmed productions. She worked with the Metraform/Annoyance Theatre, the Organic Theatre, and the Purple Crayon of Yale. She worked for many years as a senior sales executive in the network engineering industry in New York and Chicago. She originated and expanded the sales and management efforts of three separate technology startups, launched partner programs, and assisted in East Coast and national expansions.

Hough is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV. She is deeply committed to volunteer activities and philanthropy. A portion of ImprovEdge profits go each year to support the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Kiva, Computers for Youth, and DonorsChoose. Her volunteer activities include teaching improv classes for high school students in rural Kansas and confidence-building workshops for Chicago inner-city schoolchildren. She resides in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Innovation Is a Learned Behavior. And Improvisation Is Your Guide.
Chapter 1: Embracing the Unexpected
Chapter 2: Preparing Like an Improviser
Chapter 3: Playing in the Moment
Chapter 4: Thinking Upside Down
Chapter 5: Improvising to Manage Change

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