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

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

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

There are all kinds of books about building trust. But The Improvisation Edge is the only one that 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—nothing to depend on but your fellow improvisers. When you collaborate on such an intense level you intrinsically engender trust. Karen Hough describes four principles that will help leaders, managers, trainers, and front-line employees adopt the improviser’s mindset. You’ll learn techniques to create a positive environment, encourage fearless participation and selfless collaboration, play to your own and your colleagues’ strengths, and turn surprises, mistakes and disasters into opportunities for something new, unexpected and maybe better than you planned. The Improvisation Edge offers a fun, engaging and very hands-on way to build the kind of organizational trust and collaboration that makes breakthrough business results possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605096605
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 968,175
File size: 2 MB

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

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RichHerb More than 1 year ago
Improvisation by definition is a team sport. Team issues rank in the top three problems businesses face. Therefore it only makes sense that the two would merge in Karen Hough's book, "The Improvisation Edge-Secrets to Building trust & Radical Collaboration at Work" Karen communicates through stories, examples, quotes and suggested application exercises the four secrets of improvisation. unlike theory books that whet your appetite and then leave you hungry for more, this book offers practical applications for each of its "secrets". What do all the secrets have in common? They develop trust among the team and the organization. Why trust? Trust allows adaptation and collaboration on the highest levels. Karen teaches that low trust equals stress and stress makes us stupid-literally. Under stress our IQ declines. We can't remember as well, learn or make good decisions. If companies learn the four behavioral secrets: positivity and creativity in the workplace, taking something small and building it to the exceptional, leveraging the combined power of the team and understanding that the unexpected often yield the greatest discoveries...positive results will occur! Buy the book, read the book, apply the principles of improv into your business. Then stand back and watch the amazing results.