Why Teaching Improvisation is So Relevant in the Arts, Business, the Professions, the Academy and Baseball:

Theo Epstein
“I think the real competitive advantage now is player development—understanding that your young players are human beings. Understanding them physically, fundamentally and mentally—investing in them as people and helping them progress. And there is no stat for that.

I don’t think everything in baseball—or life—is quantifiable. Sure, if you ignore the stats, if you ignore empiricism, if you ignore objective evidence, then you are a fool. But if you invest in stats so fully that you’re blind to the fact the game is played by human beings then you are just as much a fool.”

Theo Epstein, President of the Chicago Cubs

If you are a lawyer, business person or PhD who thinks that using improvisation to teach leadership and professional presence is a boondoggle that is not related to the serious evidence-based quantitative work of your field you are making a big mistake. Improvisation provides the experience of being human in the field of action. Improvisation teaches the skills that connect your serious quantitative knowledge and skills to the world, and is therefore just as deep and serious as your quantitative knowledge and skills. Surprise—the next big thing is not a technology, but rather a humanity. Who knew? Improvisers.

Copyright 2015 Richard Thomas

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