Applying the principles of improvisation to management

Key business management principles based on improvisation are:


Be connected. You must watch your team members closely and maintain a strong connection if you want to develop good improvisation skills or authentic management skills.

Set your team members up for success. Make it easy for your partners in management or improvisation and set them up for success. The “we” is stronger than the “me.”

Don’t force fun. Don’t impose humour in the office and don’t force humour in improvisation. Both practices involve the principle of letting things occur rather than getting things to happen.

Work or play with what is given you. In management and improvisation it is important to build upon what your team members contribute and to build upon their strengths.

Lose your mind and come to your senses. Don’t over-think improvisation or management. Be present to what is going on and participate fully in the development of work or the exercises. Sense making may be more important than strategic thinking.

Fail and move on. Don’t get stuck in or on your failures -shake them off – learn from them.

These keys will IMPROVe your management. Also consider taking an improvisation course to move your management learning to a new stage.

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