I am currently reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants. First, I have to admit I have never watched Saturday Night Live (until last night) or 30 Rock or whatever that series is. I grew up in a bubble and am completely oblivious to Popular culture … but this book was highly recommended by @MichelleWheeler, so I had to give it a shot.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this book is full of stories and advice applicable to the business world. I was immensely humored by Ms. Fey’s Rules of Improvisation to Improve Communication and Reduce Belly Fat (clever little title there, Tina). Tina explained that getting along in a business setting can be guided by the same rules used in improvisation technique – after all, daily grind is the art of constantly improvising on the spot to “Make things up and Make things happen!” The first rule (and one I often have a hard time with) … Always AGREE. Do you know how difficult that can be?
Once you agree (by agreeing, you establish that the other person isn’t an idiot), you then add something to what has been offered. Add your own personal touch, add something unique – this is your opportunity to prove your value.
Another real moment in the book was when Tina described writing all day in preparation for the evening’s show. Drafts and drafts would be prepared … however, the show began at 11:30 – not “when the script was perfect.” In business, you give it your best and keep moving forward – that’s where improvisation often comes in. The rules are (in this order) 1) Prepare, and then 2) Improvise.
This book was full of business and life ideas…how to get along, how to accomplish and achieve, how to be an agent of change, how to be a woman (an influential one) in the workplace. While exciting and humorous, the principles within were real business advice. Two thumbs up, Tina. Thanks for a great read.
How have you had to improvise in your business? Do you have any practical tips or suggestions to share?