The concept of “Yes, and…” is at the heart of improvisation and represents collaboration at its best. What this looks like in practice is: 1) accepting what your partner (or colleague) presents to you regardless of how outlandish or unexpected (YES!), and 2) adding something meaningful of your own in a way that builds in a positive direction (AND!). When we practice “Yes, and…” we leave all Experiences open to grand possibilities. Anything can happen when we say yes and add our own special magic.
|Next time you are approached with a less than perfect suggestion or situation by a team member, try the “Yes, and…” technique instead of the idea-crushing “No, but…” language. See how others respond when you open the door to further thought.|