Getting To Yes, and…
Bob Kulhan, Founder and CEO of Business Improv and author of Getting to Yes And: The Art of Business Improv joins Enterprise Radio. Kulhan is Adjunct Professor at Duke Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School.
- What is the difference between improv comedy and business improv?
- What is “Yes, And…” and how is it applicable to business?
- As a fellow entrepreneur, how do you apply improv techniques to Business Improv?
- How can improvisation help increase your Emotional Intelligence and help you achieve mindfulness?
- What kind of corporate culture can you create using improv techniques?
Bob Kulhan is the Founder, President and CEO of Business Improv®, a world-class leader in creating experiential training and development programs for corporations of all scopes and sizes. Based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Business Improv serves a large international roster of blue-chip firms such as Google, PepsiCo, American Express, Capital One, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford Motor Company, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Kulhan’s consulting and teaching work with these clients emphasizes the use of improvisational techniques in developing leadership, improving managerial structure, honing team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, busting blocks to creativity, facilitating conflict management, connecting Millennials, and encouraging creative and adaptive problem solving.
Kulhan developed Business Improv’s unique approach by analyzing the science of communication inherent in improvisation, and partnered with America’s top professors in behavioral decision theory, cognitive psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics. Kulhan’s blend of improv technique and scientific theory is a powerful one, and has made Business Improv a welcome presence at top businesses and business schools around the world.
Kulhan serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School at Columbia University and teaches regularly as part of the Executive Education programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has also taught Business Improv at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale School of Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, University of Florida‘s Warrington College of Business, the Australian Graduate School of Management (Sydney) and the KOC Business School (Istanbul, Turkey).
As a performer, Kulhan has over 21 years worth of stage credits. He was an actor with Chicago’s famed Second City and was the first core faculty of the Second City Training Center. He’s a member of the former resident company of the iO Theater, and has also studied, taught, and performed regularly at the Annoyance Theatre. Kulhan is a cofounder of the critically acclaimed “Baby Wants Candy” improv troupe, with which he has toured internationally.
Kulhan was trained in improvisation by a long list of legendary talents, including improv guru Del Close, Second City’s Martin de Maat, “SNL” and “30 Rock” star Tina Fey, “SNL” and “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler, ImprovOlympic’s Susan Messing and The Annoyance Theatre’s Mick Napier. Bob has created well more than a dozen one-man shows and sketch comedy revues and has made his presence felt on YouTube through the popular series “The Bon Vivant Gourmet,” “Gil Kaggis: Business Expert!,” “OSHA Safety Men,” and with the hit holiday song “CHRISTMAS HOT PANTS.” Kulhan continues to teach and perform improvisation in New York City at the Soho Playhouse, The PIT, the UCB Theater, the Magnet and at Brooklyn’s branch of the Annoyance Theater.
In addition to all things improv, Bob is passionate about cooking, scuba diving, the Chicago Cubs, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (blue belt). Bob lives with his wife, son and daughter in Montclair, NJ.