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Forbes: What Seven Of The Best Business Books Of 2017 Taught Us This Year

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Forbes-logoThis year, our shelves were packed with books profiling the personal and enterprise effects of globalization in the new economy. Covering topics as wide as how to improve workplace resiliency through improv comedy to reimagining corporate hiring strategies to leverage the gig economy, seven of my favorites lent sharp new insight into the direction of the labor market and enterprise’s response to it.

Here are my seven favorite books this year and what you can learn from each:

2. “Yes, and …” can make your workplace more resilient.

Bob Kulhan, founder of Business Improv, is as much a master improviser as he is a skilled businessman and his book, Getting to “Yes And”: The Art of Business Improv, makes for a colorful and insightful read into the dynamics of improving workforce resiliency. Based on Kulhan’s decades of experience teaching the tenets improv to business leaders, the book explains how acceptance and adaptability — two of the main tenets of improv — are essential to ensuring smoothness of day-to-day functioning within an organization and its teams. Teaching momentary situational analysis, snap decision making and workplace camaraderie makes this book an excellent read for any manager looking to build a great team.
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Goodreads: The Book “Getting to Yes And” Shows How to Use Improv in Business

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goodreads-logo-2As Bob Kulhan points out in his book, busy executives are turning to the most unlikely sources to gain a competitive advantage. One of those unlikely sources is improvisational theater. While you might assume these executives are trying to get some much-needed comedic relief, Bob Kulhan points to something deeper. There is a talent present in good improv actors that he believes business leaders can tap into for powerful results. That talent is the subject and focus of Getting to “Yes And”: The Art of Business Improv
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Learning, Teaching, and Laughing review: Getting to “Yes. and…”

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Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 1.07.04 PMWell, this one’s a bit different from the usual fare of Bible materials and such. I’m working on broadening my horizons. Bob Kulhan’s book definitely stretched my thought processes. One thing we don’t do well in established churches is improv. Whether you leave it like that or add an “e.”

This probably isn’t the first think Bob Kulhan had in mind when he wrote Getting to “Yes And”, but here’s my first response: this book demonstrates exactly what we have lost in the general education of America as we set aside the arts for budgetary concerns. Seriously, you are working through an entire book written by actor/comedian about how to apply the same tools from drama/comedy improv to your business and see how things change and improve. If we would have been teaching and encouraging arts all along, the need would be very different
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Office Hours with Jeff DeGraff – Bob Kulhan

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Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 12.47.31 PMOffice Hours with Jeff DeGraff is a video series where the Dean of Innovation interviews thought leaders on the broad subject of innovation. These thought leaders come from various background but all share insight from their personal and professional experience that can be adapted to foster innovation either in a business setting or in your personal lives.

In this episode, Jeff interviews Bob Kulhan, founder of Business Improv. Together, they discuss how improv can have huge benefits on everyday life, and how it helps spark creativity.

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Thriving Launch Podcast: Improv Techniques For Business with Bob Kulhan

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Utilizing improv techniques for business can help improve creativity, collaboration, and innovation. On today’s episode, we are here with Bob Kulhan. He’s an author, and he helps business thrive through the process of improv. He also talks about the cornerstone of improv and how it lets you connect and engage with people, which results in positive relationships and positive outcomes. Remember, Improvisation is a great tool for business people to use for a variety of different means. Read More

Tennessean: How improv can improve your business skills

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Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 1.17.38 PMOne of the best decisions I ever made for my career was to take an improvisation comedy class. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up studying and graduating from The Second City school in Toronto. When I moved from Toronto to Ireland, I formed an improv troupe and provided improv for business training. Nowadays, I am thrilled to perform with Nashville Improv.

Whether you are attending a networking event or conference, presenting to your board of directors, pitching investors or new clients, or interacting with industry peers, there is something for every person in improv.
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Raise the Bar of Your Creativity with These 3 Creative Leadership Books of 2017

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Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 3.22.34 PMKulhan’s ‘Yes And’ instantly strikes the right notes with the readers by providing a clear insight of the corporate work culture and wonderfully explicating why and how ‘improv’ procures the best result. He focuses on building a culture of trust, taking others into consideration and watching one’s own as well as the team’s actions. He puts forth an apparently simple yet effective solution to accomplish this goal. He says that by adopting the ‘yes, and’ approach one can overcome the barriers of the mind, personal inhibitions and train one’s mind to be creative and ready to adapt to changes. The take-away for readers is learning the art of improvisation by saying no to ‘Yes but’ and yes to ‘Yes and’. Read More

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Knowledge@Wharton: How Improv Methods from Comedy Can Lift Business Performance

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Improvisation, or the art form called improv, may call to mind comedy shows but it is now also a serious business tool. Organizations are using it to foster team work, collaboration, positive engagement and mindfulness, says Bob Kulhan, founder and CEO of Business Improv, who is also a part-time comedian and an adjunct professor at Duke University and Columbia Business School. Kulhan describes his strategies in his new book, “Yes And”: The Art of Business Improvisation, which he co-authored with Chuck Crisafulli. He recently discussed them on the Knowledge@Wharton show, part of Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111. Read More

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10 reasons why you may be lacking executive presence

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by Larry Cornett, Ph.D. for Medium Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 12.24.09 PMA number of people who have hit a promotion ceiling in their careers tell me that they’ve received feedback that they are “lacking executive presence.” Understandably, they are frustrated by this criticism because it is such a cop-out.

It is a catch-all phrase that is meant to capture a myriad issues when managers can’t be pinned down. But, I’ve been in innumerable employee review meetings from the leadership side of the table. I also work with managers who are trying to coach their direct reports through this “executive presence problem.” What I’ve learned is that they are often dissatisfied with one or more of the following issues: Read More