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Fostering Creativity in Self and the Organization by Eric W. Stein

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Chapter 4

Cultivate Your Improvisational Capacity

Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.

—Paul Simon, musician

The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It’s our great contribution to the arts.

—Ken Burns, author

If it’s a modern-day story dealing with certain ethnic groups, I think I could open up certain scenes for improvisation, while staying within the structure of the script.

—Martin Scorsese, filmmaker

What do you do when there is no plan or the plan makes no sense given the conditions? You improvise. Consider this event:

The pilots of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 achieved one of the rarest and most technically challenging feats in commercial aviation: landing on water without fatalities.

Although commercial ...

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