S1 Ep 07 - Coonoor Behal - Improv with Elephants and Generals
In this episode, Coonoor shares with us the secrets of using improv in corporations and shows us a few specific improv techniques. She also talks about the time she taught improv at the Pentagon, and tells us how a pet elephant can improve our situation at work.Coonoor Behal honed her creative problem-solving skills during her years as a strategy and innovation consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP. For part of her time there, she worked in the firm’s Global Innovation Network, spearheading and managing open innovation challenges across more than one hundred member firms. With years of experience as an improv comedian and teacher, Coonoor brings levity, adaptability, and composure to every experience and is an expert in using improv techniques to enhance collaboration and ideation. Prior to her creative business career, Coonoor worked in non-profit international development. She was trained in Product Design at the Wharton School of Business, is a graduate of Adaptive Path’s User Experience (UX) Intensive, received her BA from New York University (summa cum laude) and her MA from The University of Chicago. She was awarded the prestigious GovLab Innovation Fellowship at Deloitte Consulting, is certified in “Creative Facilitation and Design” by Retreats That Work, and is a regular guest lecturer on “Improvisational Mindsets for Leadership” at The George Washington University School of Business. She recently published her first book, I Quit! The Life Affirming Joy of Giving Up.Silicon Valley based company Innovation Minds takes a crucial step in helping solve the new challenges of the post-pandemic global workplace by launching this podcast, in which we interviews a diverse offering of business leaders from around the planet on how to use innovation to engage the workforce, as well as how to innovate engagement using technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to humanize relationships in the new distributed workplace.Innovation Minds is a leader in using AI-driven technology to engage employees through their philosophy of Innovation At the Edge, and decided to launch this podcast to promote the urgent need for engagement at this delicate time.Guests for our first season include corporate HR leads, world-class consultants, best-selling authors, and employee engagement and innovation experts working across a wide range of industries: Clint Pulver, Themba Chakela Jamie NotterMaddie Grant Delano Johnson Shawn Nason Luke Jamieson Coonoor Behal Jeff Tobe Niven Postma Adriana Bokel Herde Sindhu Joseph and Dickson TangYou can read more about our season one guests at our website, and sign up for reminders to make sure you never miss an episode.