I had COVID last week.

Thankfully, my symptoms were relatively mild — it felt like I had a bad cold (#gratitude scientists and vaccines!) — but it still threw my plans for a loop.

I basically spent the week in bed. My plans had to pivot.

It was a very visceral reminder that not only is COVID still with us, but nothing is certain.

Except death and taxes, of course.

And, I would add, change and uncertainty.

“Your point, Melissa? How is this relevant to managing a team or organization?”

It’s relevant because if your leaders and teams are not able to quickly pivot when circumstances change without notice — if they’re not agile and adaptable — you’ve got a problem.

Navigating Uncertainty: Our Recent Global Case Study

We all learned this lesson rather dramatically just a few years ago.

Back in February of 2020, none of us knew how drastically our lives were about to change, thanks to a little virus.

A global pandemic requires a pivot on an exponentially larger scale than one person having bad cold symptoms for a week.

Each case, though, requires adaptability — the ability to navigate uncertainty and quickly pivot.

The previous plans are moot. Now what?

Humans, with our big, creative brains, are problem solving creatures.

We can also fall into ruts, and it’s easy to get comfortable with the way things are. And not everyone is, by nature, agile and adaptable.

Adaptability: The Good News

The good news is that adaptability is a muscle that can be developed and strengthened.

Many of the leaders I talk to mention adaptability as an issue in their organization.

This is a challenge I love to help with!

It just so happens that applied improvisation, one of the tools I use a lot to help teams connect and communicate more effectively, is brilliant for strengthening adaptability.

Anecdotally, I can tell you that in the decade+ since I’ve been practicing and performing improv, I’ve gotten much more flexible, agile, and spontaneous. I pivot more easily when things don’t go according to plan.

Sounds like adaptability to me.

But don’t take my word for it. The research backs me up.

The Research Is In

Studies have shown that improvisation techniques increase willingness to take risksuncertainty tolerance, and creativity.

(You might be interested to know that studies also show improv improves interpersonal confidenceinterpersonal competencepublic speaking skillscollaborationnarrative skills, and improv also reduces social anxiety and decreases stress.)

“Yeah,” you might be saying, “but improv sounds so… scary!”

So what if I were to tell you we were going to do — NOT an improv class — but an engaging, interactive leadership communication program, that would help you/your team:

​✅ navigate uncertainty

✅ have a greater willingness for risk-taking

✅ boost creativity

✅ gain confidence

✅ become better storytellers

All while decreasing stress and having fun!

I wonder, could you adapt to that? 😉

Tech Leaders: Are you ready to harness the power of improv to help your team become more adaptable and connect with powerful communication, so you can have more effective collaboration throughout and beyond your organization?

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