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If you set out to teach something, prepare to be tested on it big time. I’m in the process of shifting from running a small organisation that develops business improvisation skills, to co-creating a large organisation designed to change the guiding story of what business is about on Earth (and using applied improvisation to bring joy, life, connection, play, innovation, appreciation of complexity and practice of emergent collaboration to life).
By Michelle Holliday. Original post was here solarium.cambiumconsulting.com
[I recently wrote a perfectly fine blog post about Belina Raffy’s visit to Montreal and her efforts to “use improv to save the world.” That post is accurate. But it left me dissatisfied and mildly annoyed. It seemed only to scratch the surface of something that's actually earth-shattering. So here’s the post I really wanted to write. Enjoy!]
Not sure how you feel, but I’ve felt that I’ve been ‘on the cusp of greatness’ for a while now. So when my lovely web developer described me as such - I smiled. Clients love our work. More international clients are coming on board. Local clients are engaging us in larger change projects.
And yet the flow is still erratic. Projects are appearing like buses - nothing for a while and then they all clump together.
I recently asked an HR development director at a leading UK insurance provider:
“Just curious - what seems to be keeping managers awake at night in your industry? What are you noticing as the biggest challenges people are struggling with?”
And he wrote back:
“Doing more with less (and not doing it yourself and working longer hours)
1. Panic (it’s going to happen anyway, you might as well get it over with early). Text your facilitator friends who are great at charades, tweet your plight, and if nothing emerges, proceed to step 2.
I have a new hero and her name is Ginka Toegel. She brought Renatus Hoogenraad (part of the Maffick Switzerland Dream Team and director of Sparks ) and I in to IMD’s Orchestrating Winning Performance programme to introduce how applied improvisation mindsets and practises help in creating dream teams.