She and her "merry band" enter with the eye of a theater director -- they examine a company's human dynamics -- how the colleagues work together -- what they fight over and why -- anything that gets in the way of a good production -- like it's a play.
Liberal arts colleges teach many valuable skills, but collaboration is not often among them. This is curious, because virtually all human activities involve collective behavior. A conversation, or an Op-Ed such as this, takes at least two to tango (or tangle, as the case may be).
She continues to take the comedy world by storm setting a number of "firsts" that include: First Pakistani female to head the Hollywood Improv; Fist Pakistani female to produce her own show at the World Famous Comedy Store, and the list continues to grow.
Right before Han Solo is encased in carbonite, Leia says, "I love you." Han Solo's scripted reply was "I love you, too," but after numerous takes, Harrison Ford and director Irvin Kirschner felt the line just wasn't working.
I saw my first improv show back when I was in college at Northeastern in Boston. We'd trek to the North End to catch the late night show at Improv Asylum and each time, without fail, laugh our bums off.
Because my answers were more "off the cuff" than usual, they were less guarded, less polished, more pointed, than if I had shaped them into an article. Having just re-read them, I find them to be more fun to read, too.
One aspect of improvisation that is so helpful to leaders is the ability to deal with the unexpected. That flexibility and the sense that anything can happen keeps us on our toes and ready for anything. It's a critical skill in an ever-evolving, global professional world.
By honestly assessing talent and integrating Team Equity, our client began to change its culture for better outcomes. Specific strengths were identified and everyone, nationwide, understood who to turn to for expertise. That meant the right people supported the local teams for specific pitches.
When leaders exhibit improvisational behaviors (such as flexibility, positivity and humor) people connect with them. Leaders build trust with their teams when they are positive, and those teams in turn, engage and want to perform.
I didn't get to meet Robin. Yet, like so many of you, I felt like I knew him. I'd had the privilege of peering into those sensitive blue eyes on TV or in the movies, and I believed that I'd plumbed the depths of his soul.