Improv & Innovation: The Power of Yes
Updated: Nov 18, 2019
While working on a change management and communication project for a client, we were discussing ways to build trust. I had discussed an improv approach and how improv can help transform culture and be increase innovation. Improv is one Spark's corporate values. In world that wants innovation and requires adaptability to survive, we believe in two essential tenants of improv to drive success in organizations:
Declare and commit
One of the basic tenants of improv is to say yes to an idea first, rather than no. Instead of playing whack-a-mole when it comes to creativity, try saying yes and building on an idea. It may seem simple, but it can have transformative effects when it comes to innovation, trust-building, and team-building.
Declare and Commit
Another basic tenant is making a declaration. It sets the foundation for the objective, requires clarity, and should be concise. Once a declaration is made, the ensemble must commit to, or support, its success.
Here are a few improv resources:
Innovation at the Speed of Laughter , a book by John Sweeney
5 ways to use improv for igniting a culture of innovation, an article by John Sweeney
Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from The Second City, a book by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton.
Let Spark Help You
If you're struggling with team effectiveness or feeling like you're in an innovation rut, contact Spark Consulting Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Say "yes, and..." We can commit to building something great together, and have fun along the way.