I tried improvisational theater (improv) for the first time the other night on the upper west side of Manhattan, and I’m hooked.
At first, I felt a bit uncomfortable performing without any script or knowledge of where the story was going. But here’s the thing: no one did, and we were all in this together. You see, improv is created collaboratively, without any pre-planning.
The story just unfolds, and it’s amazing how new ideas begin to flow: the creativity, the cooperation, and the fun are exhilarating! And, it’s all wrapped around a sense of openness and saying “yes” right from the get-go and building from there.
This culture of “yes” frees you from fear and embarrassment, and too much reliance on boring, tried and true habits. The brilliance of improv is that it takes you places you never thought you’d go, and your teammates are along for the ride as you all leap into the unknown together.
Now, picture this culture of “yes” in today’s corporate life, where change is an everyday event and innovation and resilience are necessary for growth. Improvisers take risks and make mistakes, and that’s needed to go forward in new directions. Just picture replacing tension, fear and conflict with encouragement, new ideas, and high team engagement.
Improv can open doors to the unexpected, to seeing and doing things differently. It could be the breath of fresh air, fun and forward-thinking you and your organization need.
So, what are you waiting for? Jump in and say “yes”!