Getting to "Yes And": The Art of Business Improv 1st Edition
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"You don't have to spend years on stage to be good at the art of improvisation. In his new book, Getting to 'Yes, And', improv veteran Bob Kulhan shows you how improvisation techniques can positively impact almost any business situation. Read this intriguing book and get ready to take communication at work to a whole new level." (Ken Blanchard coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Collaboration Begins with You)
"Kulhan is an experienced improviser with a deep understanding of the art form. And, he is a talented teacher with years of experience translating the essence of improv into valuable business lessons. His no nonsense (yet entertaining) style is perfect for anyone in either business or improv who wants to bring the two worlds together." (Daniel Klein, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Department of Theater and d.school)
"Bob is a thoughtful and caring teacher of improvisation. He's a tireless champion of the art form and he'd stop me from singing his praises if that didn't directly contradict improv's first rule: Acceptance. Deal with it, Bob." (Jordan Klepper anchor of Comedy Central's The Opposition with Jordan Klepper and former correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah)
"Getting to "Yes And" is an eye-opening and innovative business book written by a business person and professor for business people." (Soundview Executive Summaries)
"Prescriptive, educational, and funny, this book is filled with disarmingly easy improv techniques to up our game at work. Getting to "Yes and" has earned its place on the bookshelves, desks, and nightstands of savvy business readers. It's Dale Carnegie Training for the 21st century." (Jack Canfield CEO, The Canfield Training Group and bestselling author of The Success Principles )
"It's impossible not to smile when you read this book. Whether it is the 'Eights' exercise or celebrating ridiculous ideas, "Yes And"will remind you how to have fun at work – and as a result I'm convinced your business will be more effective...Can't recommend this book highly enough. It will be a GREAT addition to your bookshelf." (MyBusinessBookClub)
"Improvisation is the key to collaboration and innovation, and Bob Kuhlan is an improv star! This book shows you how to use improvisation for business success. It's filled with specific, practical, actionable advice, and it's lots of fun to read." (Keith Sawyer author of Group Genius and Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity)
"I don't know anyone who likes this more or commits harder than Bob. Bob is an improviser's improviser. Buy this book!" (TJ Jagodowski Improviser and author of Improvisation at the Speed of Life)
"For years, the business world has echoed 'yes and,' but we were light on details―until now. In a fun romp from Chicago's Second City to Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and beyond, this book threads together improv and such business essentials as negotiation, sales, goal setting, and conflict resolution. Read it, follow it, and you'll get better results, maybe even a few laughs along the way." (Dave Logan USC Marshall School of Business and bestselling co-author, Tribal Leadership)
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Bob is both one of the best improv teachers and one of the best improvisers performing today. I've been hoping he'd write a book. The book he wrote is about how improv applies to business. He is uniquely qualified for this task. he's been teaching business improv for maybe as long as it has existed. He's taught it to big and powerful businesses. He's taught through major learning institutions as well. It reflects his very business-like approach to the work of being an artist.
The book is clearly written, well organized, and thorough. It will help you be a more dynamic, proactive, leader regardless of where you are in your business-- and no matter how you define your business. It can help transform a slow unresponsive organization and management team, giving it new life.
If I can add one more recommendation, this book combined with transactional analysis for organizations can go along way towards solving problems that either creep into organizations or just are there from the start through no fault of the people other than the fact that few of us go into any organization with all the skills and knowledge needed to keep them running optimally. This book should be the standard for applying improv to the business world and to any organization.