Updated: Aug 26
The wisdom of the "Yes, and...". I have found the concept of "Yes and..." that I learned from #improv to be a great collaboration booster and is one of the favorite #ideation activities in my #Design Thinking and #Agile workshop.
How does it work?
When someone proposes and idea, you can expand on the idea in a positive and agreeable way by following it with "Yes, and...<your idea>".
The "Yes" is acceptance of the contribution of the other person(s). It creates a vibe of positivity and agreeableness, making the other person more receptive to what you have to add. It creates the space for the idea to expand. The "and..." is new information that builds on or adds to the original idea.
Here is my attempt at "Yes and..."ing the popular John Kotter's 8 Steps for Leading Change with Feminine Leadership.