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Tom Yorton on Improv Skills at Work

Lessons from The Second City improv troupe.

Date: April 17, 2015

By: Tom Yorton

Podcast #: 15-08

Price: Free!


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Do you wish you could run a meeting like Tina Fey? Or work a room like Stephen Colbert? It's not just about humor in the workplace (although that too, is vital) but how to work as a truly collaborative team and learning to stop fearing failure. The new book Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from The Second City, coauthored by Tom Yorton and Kelly Leonard, incorporates lessons from the legendary improvisational theater troupe into business best practices.

About the Author(s)

Tom Yorton is CEO of Second City Works, the B-to-B arm of the world-renowned improvisational comedy theatre and improvisation school, The Second City. Second City Works serves more than 400 Fortune 1000 clients annually with innovative solutions in talent development & leadership development, sales effectiveness, marketing & content, and legal & compliance.

Tom formerly held positions as a senior marketing executive at 3COM and Sears, and as a vice president in the advertising firms Hal Riney & Partners and Ogilvy & Mather. He has experience in numerous industries, including high tech, Internet, retail, automotive, airline, fitness, restaurant, lodging, financial services, and healthcare categories.  Tom is co-author of "Yes, And"...How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity, Communication and Collaboration.


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