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Applied Improvisation: A set of tools, skills, and mindsets to enhance leadership development and educate change agents

  • Elevate Energy 322 S. Green Street, Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60607 (map)

The Corporate University Professional Development Network (PDN) is excited to announce our May program, Applied Improvisation: A set of tools, skills, and mindsets to enhance leadership development and educate change agents. You will have the opportunity to experience a variety of improvisational exercises and their debriefs.

In a world of accelerating change, leaders cannot be successful doing only what leaders did in the past. Where there is neither script nor playbook, leaders and change agents must improvise and help their organizations to do the same. “Applied improvisation” is a set of tools, skills, and mind-sets that were developed by improvisational theater experts and modified for purposes of application to real-world challenges. Organizational leadership and change leadership are examples of such challenges and the focus of this program.

The session includes:

  • A brief overview of Applied Improvisation.
  • A series of 3 to 5 improvisational exercises, including ones useful for teaching creative problem-solving, stakeholder perspective-taking, system dynamics, and other concepts and skills the group deems important for leadership and change.
  • A debriefing of the learning outcomes of each activity, in both small and large group discussions.
  • Reflection and sharing of how participants might use applied improvisation to help leaders build the capacity to respond to unforeseen challenges in ways that are positive for the organization.

Registration required: email: Naomi Berkove 

6:00-6:30 PM Networking

6:30 – 8:15 PM Session

Jackie Gnepp, Ph.D. is President of Humanly Possible, Inc., a consulting firm offering organizational renewal, leadership education, and executive coaching. Dr. Gnepp enjoys sharing her knowledge of management psychology, organizational change, decision making, gender issues, and leadership with executives worldwide. She has taught for the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business internationally, for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, for the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne in Australia (where she served for many years as Principal Fellow), for Accenture, for the Corporate Leadership Center, and at Fortune 100 companies. Her leadership presentations have been highly acclaimed in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Among her specialties is the use of theater-based skills, such as storytelling and improvisation, to enhance the performance of leadership.