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Leadership Improv

Leadership Improv provides a safe space to practice leadership concepts based on fun, improvisational comedy routines.

History, vision, approach

Leadership Improv began in 2011, when the group’s founder developed a curriculum unit for MOR’s IT Leaders Program, some of which is still in use today. We embrace and teach about  the connection between the concepts of leadership and those of improv comedy.

Our vision is to make everyone aware of the shared core competencies between leadership and improvisational comedy, and how practicing improv skills can help you improve one’s leadership competency.

Our approach enables participants to become comfortable in their leadership, communications, and challenging situations. We do this by borrowing several concepts from improvisational comedy to teach concepts of leadership in a fun way:

  • “Yes, and…”
  • Stagecraft
  • Presence

Events & Current Activities

On the last Friday of every month, take your lunch hour to learn and practice improvisational skills through active participation in exercises and skits to help tackle difficult leadership situations experienced in technology professional’s daily work. This program is intended to build on the curriculum and concepts shared at the Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) and promotes improvisational skills as a recommended leadership competency. No advance registration required. Bring your bag lunch. See all upcoming dates here.

We also regularly engage with departments on campus to hold private, focused sessions for their faculty, staff, and students.

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Members

Co-chairs

Sean Bossinger

Assistant Director Help Desk Manager

sean.bossinger@wisc.edu

Jason Erdmann

Senior IT Consultant, MERIT, School of Education

jason.erdmann@wisc.edu

Leadership Team

Amanda Thornton (SSEC) and Laura Grady (DoIT)

 

Resources

UW-IT Connects

Addresses areas of professional development and networking by creating events and programming to enable a diverse set of opportunities for the community to engage.

UW-IT Mentoring

Connects newer UW-Madison employees with experienced colleagues in peer relationships that enhance skills, knowledge and experience.

Resources for IT staff

Looking for a “one-stop-shop” for valuable campus IT information? Whether you’re a new hire or a seasoned staff member, this resource may have what you’re looking for.

Onboarding resources 

Resources from the Office of Human Resources Communities of Practice.

IT events 

Learn about the IT conferences, meetings and workshops happening on campus.

To add your event, visit http://today.wisc.edu/ and select “SUBMIT AN EVENT.” Select “Add event” and complete the relevant sections. In the Event tags section, type in “IT Event” and it will appear in the list of IT events within 24 hours.

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