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Yes, And: when an idea comes up welcome it - YES! - and further explore its potential - AND - instead of evaluating or criticizing the idea (No, but...)!

getAbstract recommends the time-tested, commonsense system presented by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton in their book “Yes, And” (2015)  to executives, managers, HR officers and anyone who works with other people.

  • The getabstract-rating: 9 (#Applicability: 9 #Innovation: 9 #Style:8)

My personal take-aways from the getabstract summary*:

Mastering these 7 elements can help you improve your organization:

  1. Yes, And: when an idea comes up welcome it  – YES! – and further explore its potential – AND – instead of evaluating or criticizing the idea (No, but…).
  2. Ensemble: Do not celebrate individual glory, but prioritize building, maintaining, and developing ensembles.
  3. co-creation: Dialogues push stories further than monologues.
  4. Authenticity: Respect is healthy. Reverence is counter-productive.
  5. Failure: Embrace failure as part of the process. Fear of failure stifles creativity.
  6. Follow the follower: Shifting status among team members is an art, not a science. True leaders don’t worry about maintaining status.
  7. Listening: Listen to understand – not to respond.

Exercises like these can teach the team members to trust, to listen and to use the power of collaboration:

  • one word at a time: 6 to 10 people in a circle. Tell a story by each person adding one word
  • talk with out “I”: in pairs, any topic, important: no “I”.
  • Mirror: in pairs, mirror the other persons face/body mimic/movement.
  • Emotional option or Emo OP: in pairs, the leader calls out an emotion, anyone talks in the tone of that emotion
  • string of pearls: group stands shoulder to shoulder, first and last person get a sentence, the group connects the two sentences by each one saying one sentence
  • last word response: converse in pairs, one sentence at a time, last word of the sentence becomes first word of the next sentence.
  • repetition: converse in pairs, repeat the sentence of the other person before you form your sentence.

My personal insights – not new, but good to repeat in theory and in practice:

  • True leaders don’t worry about maintaining status.
  • Fear of failure stifles creativity.
  • Developing a strong team consciousness helps individuals perform better.
  • Listen to understand – not to respond.
  • Hear what others say – and what they choose not to say.
  • If each person gives up the need to be right, ideas can flow more freely and with less fear.
  • It is always good to laugh about yourself – at least once every day.
  • Ideally, an ensemble will nurture team members’ best traits and mute their shortcomings.

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