by Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP
Improvisation is using what we are given and what we know to discover what is unknown and invent what is new and untried. Which requires the embrace of ideas that may not have proven value and are still gaining ground. The “discovery-driven” person is free because the possibility of loss of failure is accepted and embraced. We know that disruptions will come – some we will produce, some will simply emerge and shatter our illusion of safety. Improvisation only works through agreements, which form the structures that frame a story as it unfolds, so it engages the psychological “muscle” we need to ride the waves of disruption – which in improvisation is a constant. Improvisation is a way to be grounded and connected to the world while playing with uncertainty.
Steve Jobs did not set out or want to be anybody’s guru. He was not a perfect person. But he changed the world and showed us something important about how to think for a future that comes faster and with more velocity than ever before. He demonstrated discovery-driven planning in action, the results of which are right in front of every Iphone, Ipad and Ipod user around the world, every day.