The individual vs. the system. The argument is as old as time. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
The concept of teamwork is largely admired. When a team works, it looks like magic, effortless and extremely powerful. But how does a manager or owner set a team up? Is knowing what you want enough? Is stating your values enough? In short, no. For starters, great teams require functional processes, clearly defined roles and excellent communication.
This is where some people get scared. It sounds like a lot of work to set all that up. Spoiler alert: It is a lot of work to set that up. And just to throw another log on the blazing fire of fear: hard work and good intent is no guarantee of success.
“Screw it,” the Frustrated Martyr (FM) says. “I’m the only one who really cares and actually knows what to do. I’ll do it myself.”
If you listen closely, you can actually hear the air being sucked out of the room at this point. Whatever short term gains are made will be surpassed by long-term losses.
ComedySportz teaches five active terms to helping businesses move forward positively and profitably:
Taking Competent Risks
Letting Go of Mistakes
All of these things may appear simple. They are. But they aren’t, necessarily, easy. And they’re certainly not the default position of most people in our society. There goes the idea of just winging it. But isn’t that what improv is? Actually, no. Improv is not “just winging it” - it’s a highly refined system of observing, connecting and responding. And, like any skill, it takes practice and repetition, followed by repetition and practice.
The results, over 30 years in the making at ComedySportz across the U.S. and Europe, have been remarkable. Employees at top companies like Google, Nike and Southwest Airlines amongst others, report feeling renewed in their work, purpose and how they interact with their co-workers.
We’re ready to help you build your team so you can go far, together.
Robert Cochrane runs the Applied Improvisation offerings for businesses at ComedySportz Las Vegas. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-623-2700.