Last Updated Jun 5, 2008 11:14 PM EDT
The latest manifesto on business self-improvment comes from Randy Sabourin, who drew on his background in jazz to found Biz Improv, aiming to help businesspeople react more effectively under pressure. He's published Business Improvisation: the Diving Catch of the Corporate World on ChangeThis. He's done a nice job of showing why improv in business is a serious skill, one that has little to do with cracking jokes, and also one that can be developed.
As a wanna-be actor in college, I had great fun with improv techniques. I am keen on the idea of using it to spur quick, creative thinking in business environments. Who doesn't want to think fast on their feet, especially when under pressure?
This little manifesto is a useful introduction to the idea and why it makes sense.