Business Improv With Bob Kulhan

Business Improv With Bob Kulhan

When you think of improvisational theater (improv), there’s a pretty good chance that you imagine a troupe of performers riffing off each other and being spontaneous—and you wouldn’t be wrong. What if I told you that the skills critical to being a successful improv artist are also ones you might use to improve your business? If that got your attention, then you’ll love my brief chat with Bob Kulhan.

Bob Kulhan has over 24 years of stage experience and cut his teeth with Chicago’s famed Second City comedy club. He’s parlayed his extensive experience into a successful career as an author, professor, and founder of Business Improv, a 21-year-old consultancy that links improv to business through the behavioral sciences and real-world application.

Bob recently spent two days working with my Vistage groups—and what an experience! Among other key takeaways, Bob shared pro tips for how to:

  • Develop your leadership awareness and presence in a virtual environment
  • Overcome barriers to communication and collaboration (on-site or virtual) to build cohesion and chemistry in virtual teams
  • Promote an understanding of how energy + attitude + simple framing of language can influence others positively within virtual communication

After we wrapped up our final session, I sat down with Bob for a virtual chat that answered the one question on my mind. Take a moment to watch our discussion, and then, in true improv style, say “Yes, and…” check out what Business Improv can do for you and your team.


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