When you think of improvisation, Christopher Guest movies like Waiting for Guffman or television programs like Whose Line is it Anyway? might come to mind. But improv does more than inspire laughter. It teaches us to be mindful, adaptable and collaborative.
Applying the principles of improvisation to your work in human services isn’t about making it up as you go along – although, let’s face it, we all do that a little bit from time to time – it’s about fostering trust, respect and acceptance at your organization in order to galvanize your staff to be fearless, open and inventive. Let’s explore some elements of this mindset and discuss how it can influence your work.