Getting to “Yes And”: The Art of Business Improv
I’m the first to admit I don’t do well at thinking and responding quickly, but I greatly admire people who can—especially when they can be witty at the same time. And, sure, I love to watch Whose Line is It, Anyway?, so maybe I came into this book with the sort of misconceptions that the author wanted to dispel about the idea of improv in business. And I may still be a little bit disappointed that the book was not just full of improv games to play in some sort of team-building activity. However, after dispelling my preconceptions, the author does deliver what was promised: a solid system for using principles of improv to achieve your best performance in business.
Nothing in here is particularly groundbreaking: don’t put down others’ ideas, approach your work with energy, keep your skills and knowledge ready so you can access them as the need arrives, etc. Improv is simply the framework used to present fairly common information. Perhaps it’s just that I was expecting something more playful, but I found the presentation to be rather text-dense and dry. However, the information is solid, so this book is as useful as the effort that you’re willing to put into it.
Bob Kulhan • Chuck Crisafulli
Stanford Business Books