An Improv Mindset in the Workspace
I am a Tiny Habits® Certified Coach, and I am a Behavior Designer. I work with individuals and organizations. I am trained to help people change behaviors and easily develop habits. Inspired by servant leadership, I am a coach at the intersection of Behavior Design and Improvisation.
- Building Environmental Health & Safety Habits
- Self-Mentoring for Professional Development
- Diversity, Culture, and Bias Recontextualized
- On Practicing Servant Leadership
I also create custom habit-based practices for framing and reframing of performance appraisal feedback and for practicing and sustaining what one has learned from organizational training programs.
Designing for behavior change is systematic.
It’s not guesswork.
– BJ Fogg
This applies to the workspace.
I am trained by BJ Fogg.
My first week of Tiny Habits was in January 2012. In June 2012, I completed Fogg’s Behavior Design Boot Camp. In November 2013, I became a Certified Coach, trained by BJ Fogg and Linda Fogg-Phillips, and I am part of the Tiny Habits Academy.
Step 1: Get specific
Step 2: Make it easy
Step 3: Trigger the behavior
As trained by Fogg, I am a Behavior Designer. I understand how to apply this method for behavior change.
Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s gonna happen next, and you are mostly just yanking ideas out of your ass as you go along.
– Stephen Colbert
This applies to the workspace.
Improv can be applied to business and the workplace. The skills of improvisation are based on philosophies that can be applied by anyone at any position and level in an organization. In other words, the skills of IMPROV can be accessed and applied equally, irrespective of one’s position in an organization structure. Applying improv skills can influence a workspace toward more constructive, productive, and even engaging and fun communications and interactions.
Choose to interact with an improv mindset.
At a very basic level, IMPROV involves choosing to interact with another person. Doing so involves skills and capabilities formed from habits such as listening, giving and taking focus, accepting information, and responding, among many other habits. Each person has a unique mix of how such habits co-exist. Shifts in habits can shape behavior. Shifts in behavior can shape environment and culture.
Choose to be self-aware with an improv mindset.
Whether it is through sound or silence, movement or stillness, IMPROV involves interacting with one’s environment. By doing so, one has an effect on and is affected by the environment shared with others. Part of one’s self-awareness also involves understanding one’s actions and reactions to others such as their language, emotions, behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs.
Choose to be you in your workspace with an improv mindset.
Be the person you are – as a member of your family, school, faith, work, town, and country. Being you involves being present and self-aware. As an improvisor who creates a character, IMPROV involves playing a truthful character with a point of view and complementary behaviors that can interact in any environment. Truthful characters are often those an improvisor draws upon from personal experience. In the workspace, interacting with co-workers, customers, and communities is no different. As an employee, one’s capabilities and performance evaluation is often based on a combination of such things as one’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors – all which are formed by personal experience. Applying improv can get access to one’s ability to be the person that one wants to be in the workspace and in life.
I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler
– Amy Poehler