- On July 8, 2015
I just finished reading the thoroughly enjoyable Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. Tina has this one part about leadership lessons she learned from doing improv comedy and I love the openness and engagement these ideas create. Here’s what I took away–
1. Agree. Always agree with whatever your partner says. That is their perspective and where you have to start from.
2. “Yes, and…” Agree and then add something. You are responsible for contributing something positive to the conversation. There are no “buts”, everyone’s ideas make the reality.
3. Make statements. Be part of the solution. You have a stake in creating the outcome.
4. There are no mistakes. You don’t know where the interaction will wind up. Wherever it is, is where it was supposed to go and it will be in a whole new place.
A few years ago, I attended an improv session at a professional conference, having no idea that we’d each be called on stage to perform. After forcing the perfection gremlin in my head to take a hike, I was totally open to the flow of the scene my group of four volunteers created. I had to listen and contribute to keep things going. It was fun, crazy, liberating and no one would have ever imagined where it would end up. Isn’t that innovation?
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