Comments from Karen Hough, ImprovEdge Founder and CEO
The message of improvisation – arriving onstage (or at work) with no script, few resources and having to figure out a plan from nothing – has never been more resonant. We are truly all improvisers!
And if we don’t reflect on 2020, we aren’t being authentic. As much as improvisers look to the future and insist on positivity, we also must be in the moment, and acknowledge what’s right in front of us.
The year has been marked, across all the industries in which we deliver, with trends in human psychology and behavior.
2020 is a study in extremes, and we’re all feeling the effects of fatigue, stress, grief and … hope.
We’ve been human boomerangs of intense focus and ridiculous productivity in the face of change, to hitting walls with the realization that this marathon won’t be over soon. Everyone has lost something, or most tragically, someone. Yet, each day, we try to rise with gratitude on our lips and eyes straining for silver linings.
At work, the leakage of duty hours into our lives is the worst I’ve ever seen it. It’s troubling to have the same conversation about exhaustion and lack of boundaries with clients on three different continents.
At the same time, the focus on the individual, and a deeper understanding of the lives and needs of our colleagues has increased exponentially. We know their pets and their families, and their photos on the wall, and intrinsically trust them more deeply.
At ImprovEdge, we believe in behavior. Like all actors, we put our bodies into the practices that create change on stage, or in our lives, and know that our minds and moods, will follow. I have all the statistics behind the trends affecting our emotions and psychology, AND…I want to focus on behavior.
Think about what you’re doing day-to-day.
Is every little movement serving a higher purpose?
Is kindness at the center of your decisions?
With those questions in mind, consider how small behaviors can lead us to better outcomes.
CONTINUE AND START
And, finally, keep improvising. That little phrase has been my sign off for years, and boy can we ever use it now!
Keep being positive, flexible, adaptable.
Keep knowing that you are valuable, talented and worthy of the spotlight.
And thank you. For supporting and inspiring us at ImprovEdge.
Here’s to 2021.