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Yes, And Audiobook

Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, but" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration - Lessons from the Second City

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Publisher's Summary

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 cocreate 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 to thousands of corporate clients, showing leaders how to apply the tools of improv to common business challenges. Here, 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 audiobook, you will learn how to become a more compelling leader and a more collaborative follower by employing the seven elements of improv:

  • Yes, And, by which you give every idea a chance on which to be acted
  • Ensemble, reconciling the needs of individuals with those of the broader team
  • Cocreation, which highlights the importance of dialogue in creating new products, processes, and relationships
  • Authenticity, or being unafraid to speak truth to power, challenge convention, and break the rules
  • Failure, teaching us that not only is it okay to fail, but we should always include it as part of our process
  • Follow the Follower, which gives any member of the group the chance to assume a leadership role
  • Listening, in which you learn to stay in the moment and know the difference between listening to understand and listening merely to respond

©2015 Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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." (AudioFile)

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    Thomas 05-21-15
    Thomas 05-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The Title is all you learn from the book"

    I bought this book to learn about improvisation. All I got from it was that Second City has a department that works with businesses to teach improvisation skills. This book is basically an infomercial so that more businesses will hire them.

    This book does so many different situations in which improvisation works to help the situation, but doesn't explain how to improve improvisation skills.

    It's as if you were in a math class and the teacher kept saying "use the quadratic formula! Use the quadratic formula! Use the quadratic formula," without ever putting the quadratic formula on the board of explaining how it works.

    I have never been more disappointed in an audible purchase.

    To add insult to injury the narrator kept breathing in the middle of the sentences because he couldn't finish the thought of the page. That was super annoying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erica M. 04-05-15
    Erica M. 04-05-15
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    Would you try another book from Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton and/or Alan Winter?

    No. It never seems to get to any points advertised. Very disorganized presentation.


    What three words best describe Alan Winter’s performance?

    Very good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I wanted something useful. I'm not going to hire Second City to come to my meeting and make a point using sketch comedy.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book would would focus on "showing leaders how to apply the tools of improv to common business challenges", as described. Instead, this was a rambling pile of name-dropping. The book meanders through business-type situations (without getting to the meat of what was done) and quickly returns to theatre performances - even describing the number of people in the audience, and whether they were grumpy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Essien 08-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    This book was one of the biggest disappointments I've had in an Audible book this year. It could have been partly that my expectations were too high.

    As others have said, the title is as much as you will learn about improvisation. There is very little about the practical application of the "yes, and" philosophy.

    This book is basically a really long brochure for Second City.

    If any writers want to satisfy some readers, they could write a book describing how to use the "yes, and" philosophy for improvement on and off the stage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JenniferKouyou 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Concepts that are life changing"

    Written for a business audience, yet teaches new ways of thinking that may change you forever. Truly listening as a means of comedic survival on the stage, listening to all ideas, all ideas of equal value, supporting all in the group, uplifting the talents and skills while supporting the whole person are enormous life changing skills & business skills

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paula wisniewski 05-09-15
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    "Good read for fellow improvisers..."

    Opened my mind to how corporate America can gain from this. Worth the read or in this case THE LISTEN!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer S. Leblanc Houston, TX 03-29-15
    Jennifer S. Leblanc Houston, TX 03-29-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Infomercial for second city/some incite"

    I knew the book was going to give practical advice for bringing improv methods into business but I was hoping for more laughs too.

    This was a very long infomercial with detailed description of all the good programs you can buy from Second City Works and didn't provide real advice on leading improv exercises without their help. I am a huge fan of Second City and many of the wonderful alumni. I don't feel any more informed about its inner workings but was occasionally entertained. The best I can say is that performance of surprisingly dry material was good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Gale 06-03-16
    David Gale 06-03-16
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    "Food for thought"

    Great insights into how elements of improv can help in work and life. important for employees and managers alike to read.

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    M H 05-15-16
    M H 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "More about marketing second city"

    This is More about marketing second city works - so - I do not recommend this book.

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    Natalie 05-22-15
    Natalie 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "definitely worth a read for everyonr"

    I picked this book because both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler noted the second city for their success l. I think they're onto something and I am going to try to apply their advice to my every day life and work life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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