Yes! And…

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.