Business Improv® thrives at the moment when strategy meets execution. As a result, BI’s experiential approach to corporate training and development addresses real-world business challenges. The core of BI’s curriculum is rooted in Behavioral Science and Organizational Theory. Their secret recipe combines the psychology behind decision-making with the very best aspects of their own brand of customized, high-energy, up-on-your-feet experiential learning, which drives measurable and sustainable ROI.
Over the past 15 years, BI has created corporate training programs and executive education programs for several top business schools in the US and abroad. In addition, they specialize in creating leadership development programs and customized experiential learning programs for corporations, including many Fortune 500 companies. Based in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, they work with organizations nationwide and worldwide.
Embrace Change and Improvise Creative Solutions
Today’s leaders must be agile. Today’s leaders require skills and tools to help them embrace uncertainty and exploit change as an opportunity. Today’s leaders must learn to reach in the moment, at the top of their intelligence. Our team building workshops approach corporate creativity training in a uniquely effective way. Our corporate communication courses teach leaders to be adaptable, motivational, and inspirational.
Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration for The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University as well as an Adjunct Professor of Business for Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He also is the CEO of Business Improvisations. Based out of Chicago, Los Angeles & New York City, BI is a world- class leader in developing experiential learning programs for businesses. For almost 20 years Bob has performed and taught improvisation internationally. His teaching and performing credits include Chicago’s famed Second City (core faculty & master artist in residence), Improv Olympic (resident company/faculty), Columbia College, London TheaterSports, The Banff Centre, The Australian Graduate School of Management, and Koç University in Istanbul, University of South Carolina’s The Darla Moore School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management (mba & exec. ed.), Columbia University Business School (mba & exec. ed.), and Duke University’s The Fuqua School of Business.
His consulting and teaching work in leadership and managerial improvisation includes emphases on team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, whole body listening, busting blocks to creativity, conflict management, dyadic relationships, creative and adaptive problem solving, leadership, influence, and fostering creative cultures. Since 1998, his customized Business Improvisations programs have benefited a number of companies, including Young Presidents Organization, FOSSAC, Ford Motor Company, Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Cushman & Wakefield, The University of Notre Dame: Renovare, SAS, Mazda, American Express Cards, Glaxo Smith Kline, DuPont, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, PepsiCo, Capital One, Neutrogena, Progressive, Colgate-Palmolive, Raytheon, WebMD, Procter & Gamble, R&D University, and the US Naval Academy.
In a unique collaboration with Professor Craig Fox, Bob co-introduced improvisation into the highly-respected MBA curriculum of the Fuqua School of Business. The Workshop in Managerial Improvisation blends experiential exercises, adapted from traditional improv, with classroom lectures, case studies and discussion. It has consistently ranked among Duke University’s highest rated MBA electives. In addition to the MBA program at Fuqua, Bob has designed workshops for Fuqua professors and staff, PhD students, communications & development departments, R. David Thomas Center management and staff, Program Managers’ Development (PMD), Management Challenge, Advanced Management Program (AMP), Duke Corporate Education, and Duke’s Executive Education department.
Bob has had the fortune of performing improvisation and facilitating Business Improvisations workshops in the United States, England, Scotland, Germany, Singapore, Australia, Turkey, Dubai, and Banff, Canada, where he participated as a Faculty Member and Master Artist in both the Creativity Forum on Creative Leadership, and the Thought Leadership Forum on Ethical Governance and Creating a Climate of Corporate Integrity (whew!).
In addition to all things improv, Bob is passionate about cooking, SCUBA diving, Brazilian Jju-Jitsu (blue belt), and his wife and one-year old son.
- Founded in 1999, Business Improv has created lasting partnerships with three of the top eleven business schools in the US. Business Improv’s Co-Founder, President, & CEO, Bob Kulhan, is an Adjunct Professor at both Duke University’s Fuqua School (#1 ranking) and Columbia Business School (#5 ranking).
- Business Improv also does a tremendous amount of work in Executive Education and Corporate Education, both in the US and abroad.
- In addition to our extensive University related work, Business Improv has spent the last decade focusing on bringing real and sustainable change into the corporate space, creating customized experiential learning programing for clients such as AstraZeneca, Google, Brooks and Spaulding, Pepsico, Hilton Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, SoundCloud, Steve Madden, Proctor & Gamble R&D University, and the US Naval Academy…to name a few.
- Based in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Business Improv works with organizations nationwide and worldwide.
- Business Improv offers high-energy, up-on-your-feet, interactive sessions, wherein they will demonstrate the tenets of improvisation and how they link to business, in an incredibly entertaining and thought provoking way.
- Facilitated by some of Chicago’s Top Improv Talent, you will see how Business Improv® techniques strengthen a skill set directly related to Team Trust, Communication, Creativity & Innovation, Influence, Networking, Adaptive Problem Solving, Conflict Management, and being a Heart Led Leader.
You brought our diverse group of software developers and sales and marketing professionals together in a fun and exciting venue to learn those invaluable traits of teamwork and trust. Their training and guidance helped us grow as a team and we have continued to use the techniques as taught to this day.
– JMP, A Business Unit of SA
I want to take a moment to give you a big Navy ‘BZ’ (Well Done)! You not only met every requirement of the command, but also went well beyond our expectations in the content and quality in your presentation. Normally after a strategic planning session they have 7 or 8 ideas and 1 might be workable and the question is, ‘What have we accomplished?’ After working with Business Improvisations (for only a half day!), we had 52 recommendations on site and 12 were approved on the spot!
– Henry Conde, Captain SC, USN Commanding Officer, Fitting Out And Supply Support Assistance Center
Just about every executive education program I know of has tried to find some way to address creativity and all have been unsuccessful. That is, until the just-completed Ford program! The ‘Creativity & Innovation Through Improvisation’ workshop Business Improvisations conduced for Ford Motor Company executives was absolutely fantastic – Way beyond my wildest dreams!!! I’m ready to be your agent.
– Marian Moore Academic Director Duke Corporate Education
Focusing on adaptation to change, stress management and teaming, your improv team was able to bring these lessons to life. The ‘on your feet’ approach combined with a high level of participation involvement made for a most enjoyable learning environment. Our team went away revived and refreshed and they learned tools to help them better deal with change on a personal and project level.
– Craig Brummel, Director, ERP Programs, University of Notre Dame
The overt problem: Naming a new software product that will consume half of our company’s resources over the next two years. A big investment, and worthy of considerable thought to communicate the quality and usefulness of this product! The underlying problem: Getting nine directors of the company to all agree on this name! Enter the recent student of Bob Kulhan’s Business Improvisations class with a raft of new/old ideas. You’ve heard of brainstorming, thinking outside the box, and making new associations, but the practical application of those techniques, in a vibrant, exercise oriented, on-your-feet class brought it all to new heights for me! I took it all home and ran that ‘Name-Brain’ meeting with aplomb… and the results were phenomenal! We actually named the product, with 100% participation, building on each other’s ideas, and total buy in. (Now if we can just Trade-Mark it!) And the level of excitement within the company at having that unified choice is terrific.
– Cindy Whitaker, Director, Business Products, Environmental Systems Corp
Bob from Business Improv was the icing on our cake this week! We called Bob in at the last minute and after spending roughly 30 minutes with my management staff and myself he was able to pull together a fabulous morning of learning. Practice will be the hard part, but he really laid the foundation on how communication is key and successful communication is essential. My field team enjoyed the activities and the feedback I received was that this was the highlight of their meetings. I highly recommend Business Improv. I personally cannot wait to work with them again!!
– Karla Frieders, Executive Vice President of Product Development, Steve Madden
I sincerely believe it was one of the best days from start to finish (educational events, sessions and entertainment) in the forty year history of SLLF. We heard wonderful things from all participants.
– Thomas H. Little, Director of Curriculum Development and Research, State Legislative Leaders Foundation