Aaron Schmookler had his first article on creativity and innovation published at the age of eleven, when the editor of a parenting magazine noticed his innovative mindset and asked him to write about taking inspiration for play wherever you can find it. The inspired mindset that got him noticed as a child still motivates and excites him — so much so that he’s made a career of sharing it with others. It’s contagious. So is the passion for finding the intersection between play and innovation, and helping people live and work there. Inspiration is everywhere.
A love of collaboration and of excellence in communication has driven Aaron to build teams and nurture creativity. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oberlin College, Aaron began work in the corporate world, gaining appreciation for his ability to communicate, to innovate, and to find the opportunity for constructive change in every crisis.
Businesses and organizations large and small, public and private have used Aaron’s support to improve communication, increase innovation, and manage conflict on both coasts, even while he earned his MFA in Theater from UMASS. Once, he thought his business work and his theater work were separate, but he’s learned since that they are one and the same.
“Every team has genius at work. Only the best encourage and inspire the genius to emerge.”
Adam Utley, as a co-founder of The Yes Works, has turned his decade of improvisation experience to helping businesses solve the problems they think can’t be solved. Since graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 2004, Adam has found that no matter what the setting, a regular practice of improvisation gives people the confidence to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others. Together, in that way, they attain a height greater than they imagined. Adam knows that every astute mind in business from Alexander Graham Bell to Jack Welch has had the audacity to value their own brilliance and the genius of the people around them.
Regardless of age or profession, the intention is the same; to nurture creative connections that engage self-education–connections grounded in empathy and a sense of one’s self. When these things come together, a company culture forms that’s conducive to great work ethic, employee retention, and stellar work product.
Adam has proven and will continue to prove his investment in the nuances of making improvisation accessible to all human brains, regardless of profession.
Adam’s TEDx talk link:
(with improvisation collective Muh Grog Zoo):
“A regular practice of improv and committment to living its principles nourishes all four parts of a person — mind, body, soul, and bank-account.”
We want to transform work worldwide. We’re on a mission to make work good for everyone.
1) Work as a place: Let’s make work a place people are happy to go to.
2) Work as a product: Let’s ensure that what you do is done well – satisfying clients, customers, and supervisors.
3) Work as a vocation: Let’s all have work that’s worth the life we’ve given to it.