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Thanks for attending the Improv at Work presentation at the Council on Aging’s 2019 All Staff Retreat.

Find additional resources below about “Yes, And”, Project Aristotle, and Psychological Safety.

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Jon Ulrich and the Improv Cincinnati team

Yes, And

Challenge: In the next 24 hours, use the words “yes, and” in a conversation. This can be with anyone, a spouse, kids, cashier, etc. Be sure to build on what the other person is saying (no yes, and fake outs!). How does it feel to do this? How does it affect the other person?


Google’s Project Aristotle

Google’s Project Aristotle Summary and Findings

New York Times Magazine: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

Measure Your Emotional Sensitivity/Social Intelligence: Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test

Video: Secrets of Successful Teamwork: Insights From Google


Psychological Safety

Harvard Business Review: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Google’s Tool to Foster Psychological Safety

Amy Edmondson’s book: The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

Video: Amy Edmondson’s TEDx Talk “Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace”


Challenge for Leaders: Admit a mistake at your next team meeting. What did you learn? How can a similar slip-up be prevented in the future? Demonstrate to your team that no one is perfect, and that it’s OK to talk about mistakes. By doing so, you’re helping to foster psychological safety.

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