Oddly, many leaders view their success in terms of personal financial growth, status and increased company profitability. Time Stamped Show Notes click the time stamp to jump directly to that point in the episode. Instead I favor intensives based on experiential learning. I certainly concede that the most common understanding of improvisation is as a form of comedy. A great improviser can look at the tiny details and the big picture simultaneously. Although a key insight in the book is that improvisation isn't synonymous with comedy, nobody will mind that Bob presents these important ideas with a lively and fun way. The opening content lays the groundwork of using improv for self-improvement.
Read this book because why not? Return on investment means something to me. Especially in times of crisis, you want to be able to rely on well-developed muscle memory, not on making stuff up. However, the telling didn't work for me. A performer with over 20 years of stage credits, he has trained with a long list of legendary talents, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Curb Your Enthusiasm, the aforementioned Whose Line Is It Anyway? The concepts are useful and clearly based on the experience of someone who has helped many leaders apply improv to business. Based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Business Improv serves a large international roster of blue-chip firms such as Google, PepsiCo, American Express, Capital One, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford Motor Company, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
Tel: 650 725-0820, Fax: 650 725-3457 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free, archival-quality paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Kulhan, Bob, author. At the same time, be open. I've been doing improv on stage, making people laugh the last 23 years, and I continue to perform improvisation, though I moved from Chicago to New York in 2009, and for the last 18 of the 23 years, I've been extracting the tenets of improvisation that would be used to create comedy, and reapplied them to business, and I've done that through a path of behavioral psychology and cognitive psychology, social psychology, organizational theory, and behavioral economics. If you grab five random items out of your refrigerator, throw them in a pot of water, and bring it up to boil, technically you might say you were cooking, a word that could describe the simple application of heat to foodstuffs. Do join us for a show where Bob will be Drawing on principles from cognitive and social psychology, behavioral economics, and communication, and will teach us how to think on our feet and approach the most typical business challenges with fresh eyes and openness! John: Bob, I want to end today on Fire, brother, with you giving us, Fire Nation, a parting piece of guidance, the best way that we can connect with you, and then we'll say goodbye. Focusing in on the unique power of improvisation, Kulhan provides a fun and targeted way for individuals to develop the mental agility required to do business in a chaotic business world.
Since one tends to think of improv as jumping around a bit, it was good to see that Kulhan followed logical lines of thought in presenting his views. Any university, business, and now reader is fortunate to have him as their lead facilitator. My degrees are in the school of hard knocks, and so, this understanding that learning can take place anywhere and inspiration takes place from everything, really led to that ah-hah moment of working with the world's top behavioral psychologists to understand and underscore the framing of experiential learning that improvisation provides. John: Fire Nation, if you've been getting value bombs thus far, I know I have, I'm taking notes, I mean, improv is just something that I am fascinated with, you better wait around for the lightening round because when we get back from thanking our sponsors, Bob is going to be dropping those bombs. A performer with over 20 years of stage credits, he trained with a long list of legendary talents, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
With effective improvisation, reaction involves being focused and present, being in the moment, and being completely open to the idea of responding honestly to whatever it is that requires a response. And, yes, I would never have read it otherwise. John: Recommend one internet resource that you use and love? Grass cannot grow if someone is standing on it. He brings very sharp tools to promote collective success, through motivating, making decisions, energizing, building ideas, and managing status differences. The most common association is linked directly to comedy, and that turns a lot of people off, and improvisation though, when you think about it in these three core concepts of reacting, adapting, and communicating, reacting, adapting, and communicating, reacting, adapting, and communicating, this can be applied to so many facets of life.
Bob Kulhan: Improvisation takes place in all fields. So, that was a vocal minority who complained and got us fired, and those people who did not know there was a mutiny, ended up taking our three day program, and liked it for its creative leadership, innovative leadership, managing dynamic teams aspect much more than what they got from the other program. This kind of improvisation is a sort of survival skill and coping mechanism, and can certainly be relied on when all hell breaks loose and the scramble-sweat is flowing. With focus, care, professionalism, and good humor, Kulhan delivers a how-to guide for implementing improvisation in business. And it is not the ultimate or only way to run a business. Drawing on principles from cognitive and social psychology, behavioral economics, and communication, Kulhan teaches readers to think on their feet and approach the most typical business challenges with fresh eyes and openness.
His speed and focus allowed him to feel the audience and change direction on the fly. But was his skill innate or learned, and what can we, as business executives, study from his ability and apply to the business world? There is a talent present in good improv actors that he believes business leaders can tap into for powerful results. Improvisation Acting Communication in management. Among the organizations that have pursued Business Improv are Google, the Ford Motor Company, the U. It's by Dan Ariely, a Fuqua professor, world leader in, once again, behavioral economics, and it really makes behavioral economics very accessible and easy to not only understand, by when I say accessible, I mean easy to implement in decision making strategies, and for entrepreneurs, I think that can be incredibly valuable. Practical points are included, as are tips for dealing with those who object and refuse to try.
A big investment, and worthy of considerable thought to communicate the quality and usefulness of this product! Moving from the individual to the organizational level, Kulhan compiles time-tested teaching methods and training exercises into an instrumental guide that readers can readily implement either as a party of one or a company of thousands. Be bold, be fearless, be calculated. It's the guiding principal of everything I do, and that has created a purposefulness of mindfulness in the morning, that every morning I get up and I have a cup of coffee and a moment of quiet and this has become my new habit, whereas three years ago, Brazilian jujitsu was my habit. Kulhan argues that this level of improvisation is needed by business leaders who face a chaotic and uncertain future. If you are drawing upon everything you know and working at the highest level your abilities allow, you are improvising at the top of your intelligence—a stunning feat when seen.
With the increasing discussion around innovation, and the need to do business differently, many organizations are turning their usual way of operating on its head. If I ran the business world, I would insist this book be a part of every curriculum, in every company. Bob Kulhan: John, as an entrepreneur, there are many worst entrepreneurial moments — John: Well, there's many bad moments, but there's only one worst? Because improvisation is a method of dealing with situations in which we need to send and receive messages accurately, effectively, efficiently, and quickly. There's an enlightenment taking place and I love it. Now, what the dean at the Duke Fuqua School of Business Executive Education Department said to us is, though you're fired from this program, we are still going to pay you in full. Offstage I was promptly and vehemently reamed by improv legend Noah Gregoropoulos, who impressed upon me how insulting that phrase was in relation to the level of work done by improvisers. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with this dummy for almost twenty years now.
Bob, thank you for sharing your journey with Fire Nation today. This book shows you how to use improvisation for business success. Instead you must react and adapt to the circumstances and communicate in an engaging and inspiring way. And the very exercises they use to prepare can also help you make a great impression. The thing about such phrasings, though, is that they make the point. After all, your boss may hate these ideas—and has a responsibility to make sure they are valuable before the business heavily invests them—so you will need to work out how much help you find first.