Summary of Improvisation, Inc.
Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups
If your idea of “improv” is still that troupe of actors you saw doing “doctor” jokes in a coffee house in the early ‘70s, think again. Now, improvisational theater is a management tool.
Robert Lowe provides a hands-on guide to using the techniques of improvisational theater to increase spontaneity and creativity in the workplace. He shows how to use these "improv" techniques to improve communication, break down bureaucracy and help people in your organization express their talents. He includes many examples, including guided visualizations, fill-in questions and exercises, along with personal stories and accounts from his workshops. While some of the tips on creativity and visualization will sound familiar to those who know self-help literature, Lowe’s background in theater and improv makes his approach fresh. getAbstract recommends this book as a useful guide for top managers and for anyone leading or working with a group or team. Here’s why the show must go on.
In this summary, you will learn
- How improvisational behavior can improve your business environment;
- How spontaneity and playfulness open the lines of communication; and
- Why you must be completely aware of the present moment to improvise.
About the Author
Robert Lowe is the founder of Improvisation, Inc., an educational consulting firm specializing in the use of improvisational theater techniques for organizational development. His clients include AT&T, Georgia Pacific Corporation, the Government Services Administration and the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Lowe has been a teacher, director, player and observer for more than 20 years.
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