Who knew that a group of consulting engineers could bring the house down? We did.

That’s why when Chris Brown, then-CEO of christopher consultants, ltd. (ccl) wanted to bring a new take on leadership to the firm’s annual leadership gathering, he called us.

Our suggestion: try improvisational comedy.

A different kind of leadership

From the beginning of the evening the firm’s engineers, who specialize in civil engineering, land planning and surveying, were sitting on the edge of their seats. And for good reason, because they soon learned that our signature improv workshops are anything but a sit-back-and-be-entertained performance.

On the contrary, under the skilled guidance of our improv experts like Shawn Westfall, Cary Paul, and Barry Edwards, corporate types magically transform into comedians, as the “audience” becomes its own entertainment.

Under the skilled guidance of our improv experts, corporate types magically transform into comedians, as the “audience” becomes its own entertainment.

“This was the most successful annual dinner we have ever had,” said Ruth Fields, christopher consultant’s CFO. “I’ve never seen people linger so long after dinner.”

Chris saw his team in a new light. “It was refreshing to see another side of the people I work with. This workshop made us all real in each others eyes,” he observed.

“I never knew the people I work with could be so funny. Our facilitators did a fantastic job guiding the improv. The tone they set made the laughter contagious. It filled the air. It took some courage, but everyone in the room participated”–Bill Zink, then Regional Vice President

Improv teaches people to be quick on their feet; an essential skill in a dynamic business environment.

The business benefits of being real

Being real has myriad business benefits. With an ability to appreciate each other on an entirely different level, ccl’s leadership team can better relate to each other— and their clients—both inside and outside of the office. Plus improv teaches people to be quick on their feet; an essential skill in a dynamic business environment.

Chris had the courage to ask his team to step out of their comfort zone. They embraced the challenge, and the results of that one evening benefited the entire company.

Improvising takes courage. Getting real gets results.


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