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Publisher's Summary

The Second City has launched the careers of celebrated comic performers such as Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert and produced award-winning content. But it's the actual improvisational process developed and honed over the years by The Second City that has become its legacy. Players master an ability to cocreate in ensembles using philosophies that celebrate a "yes, and" approach. They embrace authenticity and failure and espouse the idea of "following the follower", which allows any member of the team to assume a leadership role.
For more than two decades, The Second City has taken these same principles to thousands of corporate clients, showing leaders how to apply the tools of improv to common business challenges. Here, for the first time, Second City executives Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton describe how you can use the same skills that thrill audiences around the world to improve your emotional intelligence, increase creativity, and learn to pivot out of tight and uncomfortable situations. In this engaging, often humorous, and highly practical audiobook, you will learn how to become a more compelling leader and a more collaborative follower by employing the seven elements of improv:


Yes, And, by which you give every idea a chance on which to be acted
Ensemble, reconciling the needs of individuals with those of the broader team
Cocreation, which highlights the importance of dialogue in creating new products, processes, and relationships
Authenticity, or being unafraid to speak truth to power, challenge convention, and break the rules
Failure, teaching us that not only is it okay to fail, but we should always include it as part of our process
Follow the Follower, which gives any member of the group the chance to assume a leadership role
Listening, in which you learn to stay in the moment and know the difference between listening to understand and listening merely to respond

©2015 Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Narrating a most engaging lesson on being productive and influencing others at work, Alan Winter communicates a natural enthusiasm that makes you like him right away and trust his understanding of the authors' message. His vocal personality, pacing, and articulation draw listeners in and make them want to stay connected." ( AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Erica M. on 04-05-15

The title is the best part

Would you try another book from Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton and/or Alan Winter?

No. It never seems to get to any points advertised. Very disorganized presentation.

What three words best describe Alan Winter’s performance?

Very good

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I wanted something useful. I'm not going to hire Second City to come to my meeting and make a point using sketch comedy.

Any additional comments?

I thought the book would would focus on "showing leaders how to apply the tools of improv to common business challenges", as described. Instead, this was a rambling pile of name-dropping. The book meanders through business-type situations (without getting to the meat of what was done) and quickly returns to theatre performances - even describing the number of people in the audience, and whether they were grumpy.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Jimmy Essien on 08-08-15

Disappointing

Any additional comments?

This book was one of the biggest disappointments I've had in an Audible book this year. It could have been partly that my expectations were too high.

As others have said, the title is as much as you will learn about improvisation. There is very little about the practical application of the "yes, and" philosophy.

This book is basically a really long brochure for Second City.

If any writers want to satisfy some readers, they could write a book describing how to use the "yes, and" philosophy for improvement on and off the stage.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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