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Talent Development Forum | Dubuque

  • 26 Apr 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • NICC Town Clock Center, Dubuque

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Improv & Office Climate

An office climate1 is ever changing as there are many factors. However, as the leader/manager in the room, there are aspects that are within your control: how you interact and respond to your employees; the tone you set through the way you facilitate communication and share content. Learning the basic concepts of Improv2 allows us to develop a skillset in which we can direct our instincts with intention, as well as to reflect on and practice key mindsets that will create a space where employees can feel comfortable and take intellectual and emotional engagements for more effective communication.

PRESENTER: Greg Wolf, Director of Theater at University of Dubuque. He also has worked with fortune 500 companies for creative/tactical interplay workshops, and taught theatre for 15 years.


1. Why is investing in building office climate important?

2. How intentional are you with establishing office climate?

3. How comfortable are you with navigating “hard topics” (ethics, morality, social issues)?

4. Where are you putting your energy during high stress situations in the office?


1. Make your partner look good. Contrary to popular belief, a good scene comes from an actor putting the others first instead of doing or saying things that make the actor look skillful.

2. Say yes and... Accepting what is being proposed to you first is an important first step to building relationship and effective communication.

3. Listen Instead of worrying about what your answer will be or judge someone’s response, focus on what the other person is actually saying.


Registration and Informal Networking: 8:45-9:00 AM

Meeting: 9:00-11:00 AM

Location: NICC Town Clock Center, Dubuque

1 Office climate has been derived from classroom climate, which includes the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical space where students learn and determined by factors like: interactions between educator and student, between students, relevant social issues, instances of stereotyping, course content, and more. Ambrose, Susan, et al., “Chapter 6.” How Learning Works: Seven Research‐Based Principles for Smart Teaching {The Jossey‐Bass Higher and Adult Education Series ; 1st Ed.}, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (US), 2010, pp. 170–187.

2 Improv is a form of theatre where dialogue, situations, and character are made up on the spot.

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