These two words form the bedrock of all improvisation. Creative breakthroughs occur in environments where ideas are not just fully explored, but heightened and stretched to levels that might seem absurd at first. That is where the best comedy comes from, and that’s where invention is realized. It’s a mantra to apply at every level of your work.
Work cultures that embrace the Yes, And are more inventive quicker to solve problems, and more likely to have engaged employees than organizations where ideas are judged, criticized and rejected too quickly. With Yes, And, you don’t have to act on every idea, but you do have to give every idea a chance to be acted on. This simple idea has amazing power and potency to improve interpersonal communication, negotiation and conflict resolution. In application, these two words are ground zero to creativity and innovation.