There’s a wonderful movie out called Don’t Think Twice. It’s directly about Improv — so enjoy some very funny scenes. Yet it moves beyond Improv to Improv’s relationship with mainstream “show business.” And, as Keegan-Michael Key shared with Stephen Colbert it actually moves well beyond that to offer a bigger statement…one relevant to Reading for Leading:
(The clip is 5 minutes. You can simply watch from 1 minute to 1:30 to get the point, if you don’t have the time for some good laughs.)
Great leaders are great Improv people and it’s worth reminding yourself of how to be so:
1. Generate the internal discipline to say, “yes, and…” This validates others, causes you to broaden your view as you look for their insights, and generates the possibility:
2. That teams generate more than individuals.
Jim Collins famously wrote in Good to Great that he wanted to NOT suggest that companies that made the leap to greatness did so in large part because of leaders. But his researchers came back and said, Sorry Jim, but it’s true. There’s too much data in our interviews to deny it. But what they found out about what Collins called “Level 5 Leaders” is that their greatness sprang from the combination of “personal humility” and “fierce resolve.” These leader are winners. These leaders create winners.
See a good movie, improvise with your team, and
Lead with your best self!