Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
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We can all be innovative—every day. Innovation is a learned behavior, and improvisation is your guide. Many meaningful innovations are actually a series of small steps, which come from ordinary people working together in extraordinary ways. That’s where improv is the model for behavioral innovation.

This webcast will provide clear techniques for creating more collaborative, innovative interactions, use case studies and exercises to show how to change behavior, and give you a fresh way to consider developing talent for innovative behavior and outcomes.

Improvisers play, think upside down, and brainstorm more efficiently. Leveraging these behaviors in organizations propels people and ideas forward. Our choices about how we interact, live, question, play, and think are the building blocks to every innovation we could ever hope for —and if we want more and better innovation, we can try new or different choices. We’ll explore four large categories from improvisation that lead to behavioral innovation and effective change management: prepare, play, think upside down, and manage change. Each of those categories is critical to putting on a good improv show—and each is critical to driving better organizational performance.

You will learn:

  • four core principles of improvisation that exist in high-performing teams
  • three behavioral skills that support effective change management and innovation
  • how to improve brainstorming
  • how to apply improv to change management and innovation.


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Karen Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, which helps companies transform behavior through interactive training. With a presence in five cities, ImprovEdge’s client list includes ESPN, Coach, Nationwide Insurance, Legg Mason, Cardinal Health, Novo Nordisk, and Turner Broadcasting. Karen is also a number 1 Amazon bestselling author, contributor to the Huffington Post, and recipient of the Stevie Silver International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012, as well as the Athena PowerLink Award for Outstanding Woman-Owned Business. Her second, award-winning book, Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over, was published in 2014 by Berrett-Koehler.

Karen’s first life was as a professional improviser and actor. She trained with Chicago’s legendary Second City, performed in more than 100 theatrical productions, and was featured on radio, TV, and film. She lived a second life as a successful executive in network engineering. Finally, she became an entrepreneur. Karen is a Certified Speaking Professional and has presented to audiences of thousands both in the United States and internationally. She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV.

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