The fact that Applied Improvisation can have a great impact on organisations is no longer in question. There has been a huge amount of research done by universities, business schools, and independent academics, and the findings are unassailable. Applied Improv is a fast-track, high-impact, experiential route into better teamwork and collaboration, improved leadership, increased emotional intelligence, and stronger engagement. Which in turn leads irrefutably to better-performing teams, greater productivity, and an improved bottom line.
You can find links to some of this research here.
There are no shortage of companies in the USA who have embraced Applied Improv as a training methodology. Google, PepsiCo, Goodwill International, Uber and Facebook to name just a few. Likewise, leading business schools are incorporating Applied Improvisation into their curricula, including UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Columbia Business School.
Europe is also a hotbed of Applied Improv, with companies providing training in Holland, Germany, France, Denmark, and elsewhere.
So why is it that a typical response from a UK company is “Improv? No thanks, we’ve got enough comedians here already”.
Perhaps the Brits are wary of anything that looks showy or different. Maybe all those years of sitting in training rooms staring at mind-dulling powerpoint slides has made the UK corporate world suspicious of any training that could actually be considered fun or engaging.
Or could it be that the news just hasn’t reached here yet, that we are a bit behind the curve. If so, perhaps now is just the time for you to gain the advantage. Contact me today to find out how Applied Improvisation can help you, your team, your company and your associates.