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improve it! Podcast – Developing Teams and Leaders Through Play, Improv & Experiential Learning

Mar 17, 2021

“Remember that when they [your employees] feel heard, productivity rises and when productivity rises, not only does the organization, but so does the individual.” - Erin Diehl


Are you in an entry-level position at your dream company? Or are you a leader who needs guidance on investing in your employees? Failed it! Fam, grab your notebooks, because Erin is going to walk you through why investing in professional development matters, especially in today’s remote world.

In today’s episode, Erin talks to us about:

  • Her own personal realization of why professional development matters


  • Why feeling heard and “seen” within your organization leads to higher productivity, which leads to organizational and personal growth



  • Ways you can incorporate professional development in your life


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About the Host: Erin Diehl is the founder and Chief “Yes, And” officer of improve it! and host of the failed it! Podcast. She’s a performer, facilitator and professional risk-taker who lives by the mantra, “get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Through a series of unrelated dares, Erin has created improve it!, a unique professional development company that pushes others to laugh, learn and grow. Her work with clients such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Groupon, Deloitte, Motorola, Walgreens, and The Obama Foundation earned her the 2014 Chicago RedEye Big Idea Award and has nominated her for the 2015-2019 Chicago Innovations Award.

This graduate from Clemson University is a former experiential marketing and recruiting professional as well as a veteran improviser from the top improvisational training programs in Chicago, including The Second City, i.O. Theater, and The Annoyance Theatre.

When she is not playing pretend or facilitating, she enjoys running and beach dates with her husband and son, and their eight pound toy poodle, BIGG Diehl.

You can follow the failed it! podcast on Instagram @learntoimproveit and facebook, and you can follow Erin personally on Instagram @keepinitrealdiehl here. You can also check out improve it! and how we can help your organization at We can’t wait to connect with you online!