Having authored the book ‘Sprial into Love’ and as a well-respected expert in conscious leadership and communication, Philippa Waller is due to join us on 1st June to share her talk “The Improvising Mindset – How every connection and interaction shapes your reality”. We caught up with her to discuss her big ‘Rethink…’ idea.
With a background in business, theatre, improvisation and psychology, Philippa employs many tactics when delivering coaching, with improvisation very much at the fore. Philippa’s intrigue in human individualism started early, largely due to the fact that she is an identical twin and yet, importantly, a unique individual. She recognised that while she may share identical genes with another human being, how we become who we are and what determines how we shape ourselves in a relationship with others is what makes each of us unique.
What is your idea worth doing?
Learning to become brilliant, awake, conscious, engaged improvisers.
You are the sum of your interactions and in every moment you are creating the next chapter of you and your life. So – it’s time to become brilliant improvisers! Awake to what is possible in every moment. Giving and accepting offers consciously, means we create interactions that help us become who we want to become and to have the life experience we consciously want. Whether life gives us the best or worst ‘offers’ if we can meet them with an improviser mindset, we can build our life experience consciously.
How did you come up with your idea?
The ‘scene’ and the life we build is in our hands and this has been apparent to me through my work as an actor, comedy improviser, story-teller and script-writer, integrative relational psychotherapist and leadership coach. My work has evolved through combining insights and learning from these diverse professional fields, my work with therapy and coaching clients as well as my own personal journey. Every micro moment of every day informs who we are and who we will become. And we can shape who we become and our life experience…if we learn the skills to happen to the world rather than the world simply happening to us.
How is your idea going to change the way we look at the world?
We are all – each and every one of us, together – making up and creating this great improvised scene called life!
The skill of improvisation is an essential tool needed for conscious relationships, great leadership, and global solutions. It’s about rethinking the way we ‘think’, by re-imagining our intellectual capacity, re-programming our emotional responses, re-booting our physical behaviours and re-wiring our intentional purpose, so that we can consciously create the impact we choose – in all 4 dimensions.
In every interaction, we build who we are and the culture we live in. Whether we are talking about a coffee shop queue, a marriage, a meeting, an organisation, a team, a community or a country, we can use the improviser mindset to empower us with presence in order to consciously co-create new ways of being and seeing the world and evolving together.
Global solutions start with individual solutions. In our everyday interactions, in our everyday relationships, in the choices that we make, in the way that we are and in the manner we treat each other… in every single moment. The improvising mindset starts right here, right now.
Who has inspired you?
Numerous thinkers, philosophers, psychologists, performers and sociologists – a list too long to mention, but a few of which are Ken Wilber, Robert Kegan, The Spontaneity Shop, Carlo Rovelli. And Tom Bruno-Magdich.
Who else are you excited to see at TEDxGlasgow 2018?
Everybody! If I had to pick two they would be Jean Kerr because she’s awesome and Catherine Heymans because we are all stardust and I absolutely love learning anything about the big picture and our big cosmos.