Applied Improvisation: A set of tools, skills, and mindsets to enhance leadership development and educate change agents
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.
This will be an ‘on-your-feet’ session where you will discover how to use applied improvisation to enhance leadership development and change management in your organization or for your clients. This program will be led by Jackie Gnepp of Humanly Possible®.
In keeping with the PDN’s practice of alternating between downtown and the suburbs, the May program will be in downtown Chicago.
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
May 25, 2017
6:00-6:30 PM Networking;
6:30 – 8:15 PM Session
Elevate Energy, 322 S. Green Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607. Location is between Jackson and Van Buren, one block West of Halsted (Blue Line: UIC-Halsted stop). There is metered street parking and a paid parking lot on Jackson at 230 S. Green ($10 after 5 PM).
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.
Naomi Berkove, firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Corporate University PDN
The Corporate University Professional Development Network (PDN) of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATDChi – formerly CCASTD) provides a forum for professionals involved with corporate universities to share information and network. For the purposes of the PDN, a corporate university is defined as "the strategic umbrella for developing and educating employees, customers, and suppliers in order to meet an organization's business strategies." (Corporate Universities, Jeanne Meister, 1998).
Participation is open to all those who have an interest in exchanging ideas, experiences, strategies, etc. related to corporate universities. Membership in ATDChi is not required, but it is encouraged. The PDN was started in July 2003 and meets every other month at rotating locations.