GA 294 | Using Improv to Improve with Mary Lemmer

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By Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker & Co-Founder of Gemba Academy, Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker, and Co-Founder of Gemba Academy. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

This week’s guest is Mary Lemmer. Mary leveraged her unique background in improv comedy and entrepreneurship to create a fun and effective training methodology that has helped countless organizations overcome all kinds of obstacles. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • One of Mary’s favorite quotes (3:09)
  • Mary’s background (4:59)
  • About her LinkedIn photo (9:55)
  • Why improv feels like freedom (12:20)
  • Improv comedy and leadership (14:33)
  • About the process (18:19)
  • The role of empathy (24:12)
  • How personality types factor in (26:04)
  • Some of Mary’s favorite improv moments (30:20)
  • The “First Word Last Word” exercise (32:30)

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