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"Yes, and"​ in Organizations

Improv can change your organization's culture.



In the previous article we briefly discussed principles of Applied Improv. One of those principles is "Yes, and" and this week we are expanding on that idea within an organizational context.

Basically, "Yes, and" is accepting and building on the ideas presented by others in a positive and constructive way. When applied in an organizational setting it promotes collaboration, creativity, and teamwork. By embracing the "yes, and" principle, organizations can foster a culture of open communication and inclusivity. It encourages individuals to listen actively and be present in the moment, and to be willing to take risks and try new things. This leads to more innovative and creative solutions to problems and challenges.

Furthermore, "yes, and" can help break down silos within an organization by encouraging cross-functional collaboration and the sharing of ideas and perspectives. It helps to build a sense of trust and mutual respect among team members, which can lead to increased morale and productivity.


By using "yes, and" in both personal and professional settings, individuals and teams can improve their communication skills, build trust and mutual respect, and work together more effectively towards common goals. By embracing this principle, organizations can create a culture of openness and acceptance, and foster an environment where individuals feel empowered to contribute their ideas and work together towards shared goals.

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