How can the principles of comedy and improvisation benefit you and your business?
Find out by listening on the go to our conversation with Kelly Leonard, President & CEO of Kelly Leonard Productions, and Creative Advisor with The Second City.
Kelly has worked with The Second City since 1988, overseeing productions that have launched the careers of celebrated comic performers such as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, and a host of others.
Kelley is also co-author, along with Tom Yorton, of the best-selling book, “Yes, And” (see more in Kelly’s bio below).
- How building an “ensemble”can foster talent, increase collaboration, and promote a more creative culture
- Examples of what “Yes, And” thinking is and stories of how it has been used to overcome obstacles
- Three immediately useful ideas – including an exercise – for applying the power of improvisation to your most important goals
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About Kelly Leonard
Kelly Leonard is the President and CEO of Kelly Leonard Productions, a creative company that produces life, theater and comedy and provides thought leadership through books, speaking engagements and workshops for businesses, organizations and anyone looking to improve creativity, leadership and innovation.
Kelly is also aligned as a Creative Advisor with The Second City in Chicago, where he’s worked since 1988 overseeing productions with such a notable performers as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, and a host of so many others. Kelly co-founded Second City Theatricals, the division of the company that develops an eclectic array of live entertainment all over the world.
Kelly is co-author, along with Tom Yorton, of the the best-selling book Yes, And. He has received many honors, including being named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 list and named one of the top 40 cultural figures in Chicago by Time Out Magazine. Find out more about Kelly Leonard.
Resources for This Episode
- Find out more about Yes, And − How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration − Lessons from The Second City
- All you want to know about The Second City
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