Why CEOs need to improvise in the boardroom

Boardroom etiquette is typically formal. Is that a good thing? A panel of improv-theatre makers and CEOs suggest otherwise, in a recent panel at Pause Festival.

Creative organisations attract creative thinkers. So why should that backbone for innovation stop at the threshold of the boardroom door?

A panel of CEOs argued that it shouldn’t at the recent Pause Festival, positing that improvisation – or improv – is a fabulous tool used in theatre that can be introduced to the boardroom to accelerate fresh thinking and more inclusive contribution.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina