EEC 233: Psychological Safety Through Improv Comedy with Michael Seelman
In this episode Katrina Burrus interviews Michael Seelman who served in leadership roles at the White House, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- How did you get in to FBI?
- How did you first get involved with improv comedy?
- How does improv comedy relate to psychological safety?
- How do you use these principles in your own company?
- Did you perform improv comedy at the FBI?
- What made you go back to doing a PhD?
Over two decades, Michael served in leadership roles at the White House, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was often called upon to start up high-profile offices and initiatives. At the White House in Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government office, he led a new gun violence reduction effort in collaboration with mayors and police chiefs.
At the FBI, he was selected as the first global chief of employee communications, coaching FBI Director Bob Mueller and his leadership team on engaging with the 40,000+ workforce and on accelerating organizational changes post-9/11 terrorist attacks. Later as Deputy Chief Knowledge Officer, he supervised the FBI’s knowledge management, innovation, data sharing, programs as well as outreach programs to Fortune 500 companies’ security executives. At the U.S. Department of Justice, he led teams of FBI, ATF, DEA, and U.S. Marshals officers reducing violence in the country’s most violent cities in partnership with local officials.
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