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The Second City has launched the careers of celebrated comic performers such as Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert and produced award-winning content. But it’s the actual improvisational process developed and honed over the years by The Second City that has become its legacy. Players master an ability to co-create in ensembles, using philosophies that celebrate a “Yes, And” approach. They embrace authenticity and failure, and espouse the idea of “following the follower,” which allows any member of the team to assume a leadership role.

For more than two decades, The Second City has taken these same principles in thousands of corporate clients, showing leaders how to apply the tools of improv to common business challenges. For the first time, Second City executives Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton describe how you can use the same skills that thrill audiences around the world to improve your emotional intelligence, increase creativity, and learn to pivot out of tight and uncomfortable situations. In this engaging, often humorous, and highly practical book, you will learn how to become a more compelling leader and a more collaborative follower by employing the seven elements of improv.

When we are fiercely following the tenets of improvisation, we generate ideas both quickly and efficiently, we weather storms with more aplomb, and we don’t work burdened by a fear of failure. Even better, these qualities are fully transferable to our lives outside the office.

More people are beginning to recognize what The Second City has known for a long time: in the midst of a revolution in how we learn, communicate, and work, professional success often rests on the same pillars that form the foundation of great comedy: creativity, communication, and collaboration—that’s where improvisation comes in.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I know one of these guys, so at least half of this book is pretty good. Yes, And is for anyone looking to be more creative in their work and in their life.”

    Stephen Colbert, New York Times bestselling author and television host

  • “Reveal[s] deep insights and practical tips about how to lead a creative life. If you want to flourish in the new world of work, this book is an essential read.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author

  • “You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, and you’ll immediately test out the rich set of practical exercises at the office—and the dinner table.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An excellent guide to the lessons that have bubbled up in Second City’s improv workshops. It sounds crazy that a comedy troupe should have anything to say about how you should lead your life. Trust me: it isn’t.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Narrating a most engaging lesson on being productive and influencing others at work, Alan Winter communicates a natural enthusiasm that makes you like him right away and trust his understanding of the authors’ message. His vocal personality, pacing, and articulation draw listeners in and make them want to stay connected…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Accepting and building on what others have initiated, Yes, And is the best teamwork advice for the stage or the boardroom.”

    Dick Costollo, CEO of Twitter

  • “If one phrase can capture the essence of the creative mindset then ‘yes, and’ might just be it. If one book can inspire you to apply that creative mindset then Yes, And is most certainly that book.”

    Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO and author of Change by Design

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Kelly Leonard is the executive vice president of the Second City and the president of Second City Theatricals. He has worked at the Second City since 1988 and has overseen productions with such notable performers as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Mr. Leonard cofounded Second City Theatricals, the division of the company that develops an eclectic array of live entertainment all over the world. He has fostered creative and business collaborations with Lyric Opera Chicago, Norwegian Cruise Line, Hubbard Street Dance and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few.