Yes, And

Yes, And
  • Author : Kelly Leonard,Tom Yorton
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2015-02-03
  • ISBN : 9780062248558

Yes, And Book Review:

Executives from The Second City—the world’s premier comedy theater and school of improvisation—reveal improvisational techniques that can help any organization develop innovators, encourage adaptable leaders, and build transformational businesses. For more than fifty years, The Second City comedy theater in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. But it also provides one-of-a-kind leadership training to cutting-edge companies, nonprofits, and public sector organizations—all aimed at increasing creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. The rules for leadership and teamwork have changed, and the skills that got professionals ahead a generation ago don’t work anymore. Now The Second City provides a new toolkit individuals and organizations can use to thrive in a world increasingly shaped by speed, social communication, and decentralization. Based on eight principles of improvisation, Yes, And helps to develop these skills and foster them in high-potential leaders and their teams, including: Mastering the ability to co-create in an ensemble Fostering a “yes, and” approach to work Embracing failure to accelerate high performance Leading by listening and by learning to follow Innovating by making something out of nothing Yes, And is a must-read for professionals and organizations, helping to develop the invaluable leadership skills needed to succeed today.

Yes, And

Yes, And
  • Author : Kelly Leonard,Tom Yorton
  • Publisher : HarperBusiness
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2015-02-03
  • ISBN : 0062248545

Yes, And Book Review:

Executives from The Second City—the world’s premier comedy theater and school of improvisation—reveal improvisational techniques that can help any organization develop innovators, encourage adaptable leaders, and build transformational businesses. For more than fifty years, The Second City comedy theater in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. But it also provides one-of-a-kind leadership training to cutting-edge companies, nonprofits, and public sector organizations—all aimed at increasing creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. The rules for leadership and teamwork have changed, and the skills that got professionals ahead a generation ago don’t work anymore. Now The Second City provides a new toolkit individuals and organizations can use to thrive in a world increasingly shaped by speed, social communication, and decentralization. Based on eight principles of improvisation, Yes, And helps to develop these skills and foster them in high-potential leaders and their teams, including: Mastering the ability to co-create in an ensemble Fostering a “yes, and” approach to work Embracing failure to accelerate high performance Leading by listening and by learning to follow Innovating by making something out of nothing Yes, And is a must-read for professionals and organizations, helping to develop the invaluable leadership skills needed to succeed today.

Improv Wisdom

Improv Wisdom
  • Author : Patricia Ryan Madson
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2010-03-24
  • ISBN : 9780307531841

Improv Wisdom Book Review:

In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.

The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom

The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom
  • Author : Katherine S. McKnight,Mary Scruggs
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 214
  • Relase : 2008-05-09
  • ISBN : 9780787996505

The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom Book Review:

Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas, and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more.

The Second City

The Second City
  • Author : The Second City,Sheldon Patinkin,Liz Kozak
  • Publisher : Agate Midway
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2019
  • ISBN : 1572842814

The Second City Book Review:

"New and updated second edition of The Second City, which tells the story of the comedy institution in with photos and stories from the cast"--

Business Improv: Experiential Learning Exercises to Train Employees to Handle Every Situation with Success

Business Improv: Experiential Learning Exercises to Train Employees to Handle Every Situation with Success
  • Author : Val Gee,Sarah Gee
  • Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2011-06-17
  • ISBN : 9780071768610

Business Improv: Experiential Learning Exercises to Train Employees to Handle Every Situation with Success Book Review:

Workplace “drama” that’s productive! The secret to business growth is right before your eyes—it’s the creativity and innovation percolating in each one of your employees every minute of every day. How do you harness it to make it work for your organization? Business Improv! Based on the science of experiential learning, Business Improv uses improvisation activities from the theater to transform each employee into a great leader. The 75 hands-on activities in this proactive guide help you create an organization filled with people who: Engage with and “own” their work Generate creative ideas that drive profit Build innovative teams Solve problems effectively Make decisions with conviction Respond and adapt to change With Business Improv, you have the one and only tool you need to facilitate real, lasting leadership skills in every employee.

Improvisation for Actors and Writers

Improvisation for Actors and Writers
  • Author : Bill Lynn
  • Publisher : Meriwether Pub
  • Pages : 191
  • Relase : 2004
  • ISBN : UOM:39015060099051

Improvisation for Actors and Writers Book Review:

Far more than simply an overview of improv comedy, this book helps actors, writers and comedians learn the basics as taught in all the major comedy schools. Successful improv requires the skill of the actor, the talent of the comedian and the ideas of the writer rolled into one. This book tells how it can all be done for performers or teachers.

The Art of Making Sh!t Up

The Art of Making Sh!t Up
  • Author : Norm Laviolette
  • Publisher : Wiley
  • Pages : 200
  • Relase : 2019-05-07
  • ISBN : 9781119558217

The Art of Making Sh!t Up Book Review:

Work together to up your chances of business success The Art of Making Sh!t Up combines the lessons learned from a personal journey with the teachings derived from years of honing valuable skills through performing and presenting to thousands of people to demonstrate how working together has helped others found and grow several multimillion-dollar companies. By focusing on topics that serve as pain points and detailing the tools and techniques of improv, this book helps people and organizations utilize new skill sets to be more productive, more accepting, and more "all in" to create a stronger teammate and team. • Remove the fear of failure • Recognize when and how to trust your instincts • Celebrate and embrace the ideas of others • Listen effectively—to both people and your environment Thinking is hard. Listening is easy—and is most often the springboard to huge ideas. Find out how it can work for you with The Art of Making Sh!t Up.

Play Your Way Sane

Play Your Way Sane
  • Author : Clay Drinko
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2021-01-19
  • ISBN : 9781982169237

Play Your Way Sane Book Review:

Stop negative thoughts, assuage anxiety, and live in the moment with these fun, easy games from improv expert Clay Drinko. If you’ve been feeling lost lately, you’re not alone! Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans were experiencing record levels of loneliness and anxiety. And in our current political turmoil, it’s safe to say that people are looking for new tools to help them feel more present, positive, and in sync with the world. So what better way to get there than play? In Play Your Way Sane, Dr. Clay Drinko offers 120 low-key, accessible activities that draw on the popular principles of improv comedy to help you tackle your everyday stress and reconnect with the people around you. Divided into twelve fun sections, including “Killing Debbie Downer” and “Thou Shalt Not Be Judgy,” the games emphasize openness, reciprocation, and active listening as the keys to a mindful and satisfying life. Whether you’re looking to improve your personal relationships, find new meaning at work, or just survive our trying times, Play Your Way Sane offers serious self-help with a side of Second City sass.

The Improv Handbook

The Improv Handbook
  • Author : Tom Salinsky,Deborah Frances-White
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 520
  • Relase : 2017-10-19
  • ISBN : 9781350026179

The Improv Handbook Book Review:

The Improv Handbook is the most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improv available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes, it features a range of games, interviews, descriptions and exercises that illuminate and illustrate the exciting world of improvised performance. First published in 2008, this second edition features a new foreword by comedian Mike McShane, as well as new exercises on endings, managing blind offers and master-servant games, plus new and expanded interviews with Keith Johnstone, Neil Mullarkey, Jeffrey Sweet and Paul Rogan. The Improv Handbook is a one-stop guide to the exciting world of improvisation. Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or would just love to try it if you weren't too scared, The Improv Handbook will guide you every step of the way.

Powers of Two

Powers of Two
  • Author : Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 339
  • Relase : 2014-08-05
  • ISBN : 9780544031593

Powers of Two Book Review:

A curator and essayist surveys the inner workings of creative duos, from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and describes how their creative techniques can be adapted and used in everyday life. 50,000 first printing.

Humor, Seriously

Humor, Seriously
  • Author : Jennifer Aaker,Naomi Bagdonas
  • Publisher : Currency
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2021-02-02
  • ISBN : 9780593135297

Humor, Seriously Book Review:

WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Anyone—even you!—can learn how to harness the power of humor in business (and life), based on the popular class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Don’t miss the authors’ TED Talk, “Why great leaders take humor seriously,” online now. “The ultimate guide to using the magical power of funny as a tool for leadership and a force for good.”—Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive We are living through a period of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval in both our personal and professional lives. So it should come as a surprise to exactly no one that trust, human connection, and mental well-being are all on the decline. This may seem like no laughing matter. Yet, the research shows that humor and laughter are among the most valuable tools we have at our disposal for strengthening bonds and relationships, diffusing stress and tension, boosting resilience, and performing when the stakes are high. That’s why Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas teach the popular course Humor: Serious Business at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where they help some of the world’s most hard-driving, blazer-wearing business minds infuse more humor and levity into their work and lives. In Humor, Seriously, they draw on findings by behavioral scientists, world-class comedians, and inspiring business leaders to reveal how humor works and—more important—how you can use more of it, better. Aaker and Bagdonas unpack the theory and application of humor: what makes something funny, how to mine your life for material, and simple ways to identify and leverage your unique humor style. They show how to use humor to rebuild vital connections; appear more confident, competent, and authentic at work; and foster cultures where levity and creativity can thrive. President Dwight David Eisenhower once said, “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” If Dwight David Eisenhower, the second least naturally funny president (after Franklin Pierce), thought humor was necessary to win wars, build highways, and warn against the military-industrial complex, then you might consider learning it too.

Outside Is the Ocean

Outside Is the Ocean
  • Author : Matthew Lansburgh
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Pages : 189
  • Relase : 2017-10-15
  • ISBN : 9781609385279

Outside Is the Ocean Book Review:

Three days after her twentieth birthday, a young woman who grew up in Germany during World War II crosses the Atlantic to start a new life. Outside Is the Ocean traces Heike’s struggle to find love and happiness in America. After two marriages and a troubled relationship with her son, Heike adopts a disabled child from Russia, a strong-willed girl named Galina, who Heike hopes will give her the affection and companionship she craves. As Galina grows up, Heike’s grasp on reality frays, and she writes a series of letters to the son she thinks has abandoned her forever. It isn’t until Heike’s death that her son finds these letters and realizes how skewed his mother’s perceptions actually were.

Impro

Impro
  • Author : Keith Johnstone
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 209
  • Relase : 2018-10-18
  • ISBN : 9781350069046

Impro Book Review:

In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination. Admired for its clarity and zest, Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills' and 'Masks and Trance', arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity. 'If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre.' Irving Wardle

Ensemble!

Ensemble!
  • Author : Jeff Katzman, M.D.,Dan O'Connor
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Pages : 255
  • Relase : 2021-06-01
  • ISBN : 9781623176303

Ensemble! Book Review:

Drawing on a combined expertise in improvisational theatre and psychiatry, author team Dan O'Connor and Dr. Jeff Katzman show readers how improv skills are the perfect antidote to loneliness and isolation. I know what you're thinking: Hold on...improv? Like getting on a stage in front of an audience? What if that's not my thing? Don't worry: this isn't a book about becoming an improv theater expert, and it's not really a book about performing. It's a book about loneliness--about our feelings of disconnection and isolation, ones that we may have been experiencing since long before the pandemic. More importantly, it's a book about becoming unlonely--by borrowing from the collaborative and creative tools of improv. Authors of Life Unscripted Jeff Katzman, a professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, and Dan O'Connor, multifaceted actor, writer, and director, have created a process they call Ensembling that helps us build an ensemble of relationships in our lives and more deeply enjoy the groups we already belong to. This is a process of becoming a little vulnerable with each other, and of embracing the moment in which we find ourselves. Drawing on concepts from narrative improvisational theatre and depth psychology, the authors present us with the skills we need to connect with each other more actively and meaningfully. To ensemble or not to ensemble--that is not a question. With the rise of loneliness and isolation in an increasingly virtually connected society, we must find ways to come together. We must ensemble!

Life Unscripted

Life Unscripted
  • Author : Jeff Katzman, M.D.,Dan O'Connor
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2018-09-11
  • ISBN : 9781623172718

Life Unscripted Book Review:

Learn to collaborate with others, think on your feet, and celebrate mistakes using the skills of improv theater So many of us go through life following scripts we didn’t write for ourselves—scripts designed by our family, shaped by our friends, and influenced by the expectations of the people we meet. Using practical self-help skills rooted in improv principles and depth psychology, we can live more authentic, fulfilled, and empowered lives.

The Improv Mindset: Change Your Brain. Change Your Business.

The Improv Mindset: Change Your Brain. Change Your Business.
  • Author : Gail Montgomery,Bruce T. Montgomery
  • Publisher : Experienceyes
  • Pages : 242
  • Relase : 2020-01-14
  • ISBN : 0578635755

The Improv Mindset: Change Your Brain. Change Your Business. Book Review:

Some content previously published as Brain Disruption by Bruce & Gail Montgomery. Looking for new ideas? Need your teams to perform at a higher level? Want a healthy corporate culture? Follow along with these two dynamic authors as they take you through The Improv Mindset, one of the most engaging and powerful methods for getting individuals, teams, and organizations to step up, engage, and solve problems. Steeped in the world of improv comedy, this no-nonsense guide provides a window into the neuroscience behind creativity and new ways of thinking. Filled with exercises and activities, you'll be able immediately apply the lessons in this book.

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 364
  • Relase : 2010-09-01
  • ISBN : 9780307762726

A Wild Sheep Chase Book Review:

A New York Times bestselling author—and “a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman” (New York Times Book Review)—delivers a surreal and elaborate quest that takes readers from Tokyo to the remote mountains of northern Japan, where the unnamed protagonist has a surprising confrontation with his demons. An advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend and casually appropriates the image for an advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences.

The Creative Economy

The Creative Economy
  • Author : John Howkins
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2013-11-07
  • ISBN : 9780141977041

The Creative Economy Book Review:

Creativity is the fastest growing business in the world. Companies are hungry for people with ideas - and more and more of us want to make, buy, sell and share creative products. But how do you turn creativity into money? In this newly rewritten edition of his acclaimed book, leading creative expert John Howkins shows what creativity is, how it thrives and how it is changing in the digital age. His key rules for success include: Invent yourself. Be unique. Own your ideas. Understand copyright, patents and IP laws. Treat the virtual as real, and vice versa. Learn endlessly: borrow, reinvent and recycle. Know when to break the rules. Whether in film or fashion, software or stories, by turning ideas into assets anyone can make creativity pay.

The Culture Code

The Culture Code
  • Author : Daniel Coyle
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Pages : 280
  • Relase : 2018
  • ISBN : 9780804176989

The Culture Code Book Review:

"Coyle spent three years researching the question of what makes a successful group tick, visiting some of the world's most productive groups--including Pixar, Navy SEALs, Zappos, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs. Coyle discovered that high-performing groups ... generate three key messages that enable them to excel: 1. Safety (we are connected), 2. Shared risk (we are vulnerable together), 3. Purpose (we are part of the same story)"--