CHAPTER 7

Mindfulness through Improv: The Individual in a Group

Jyoti Bachani

Improvisation has been linked to creativity (Fischer and Amabile 2009) and improvisational theater has been used to describe organizational strategy (Kanter 2001, 2010). This chapter describes a set of exercises that foster mindfulness using the body and mind for an individual in a group environment. The exercises can be used to teach a number of concepts that bring mindfulness to organizing and are relevant for humanistic management—for example, creativity, leader–follower interactions, group-dynamics, and the role of an individual embedded in a group. The somatic experiences created in the dynamic games enhance the understanding of these concepts of organizing beyond ...

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