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Rapid Bonding: Authentic Connection Through Improvisation

Dan Klein; Professor; Stanford Graduate School of Business; Stanford, CA

 

We are arguably linked to more people now than at any time in human history. We are overwhelmed by contacts, but we crave connection. As a social species, there are several ways that we form an authentic connection with other people. With an awareness of these simple channels, we can quickly build collaborative relationships that make work more effective, efficient, meaningful, satisfying, and fun.

 

About the Presenter: Dan Klein

Dan Klein teaches Improvisation full time at Stanford University where he is on the faculty of the Drama Department and the Graduate School of Business and teaches at the d.school. In 2009, Dan was named Stanford Teacher of the Year by the Student’s Association.

 

At the GSB he co-teaches (with Professor Deb Gruenfeld), “Acting With Power” which explores the use of status behaviors to increase organizational effectiveness. Dan and Deb also do a version of the class for executive education programs like the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurs. His work at Hasso Platner Institute for Design involves teaching workshops on Improv and Design for interdisciplinary graduate students studying Design Thinking. The Hasso Platner Institue for Design is a graduate program that uses design thinking to drive multidisciplinary innovation. Students from Business, Engineering, Education and the Humanities come together to solve big, messy problems.

 

Beyond Stanford, Dan has lead similar workshops custom tailored for various groups, including the High Performance Leadership program at IMD Business School in Switzerland and the Kauffman Fellows Program helping to train global leaders in venture capital. Dan has also partnered with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck to create interactive workshops on her breakthrough research on Mindset.

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