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It's widely understood that a feedback-rich culture greatly benefits creativity and innovation, as well as personal and team growth. And yet, even in the most supportive team environments with guidance on how to give and receive feedback constructively, still, not all team members will participate. This is human nature: when being seen as right overshadows hearing there’s a better way, thus rendering us defensive and unreceptive to the feedback. When voicing disagreements we self-censor our true thoughts. We are more concerned about not offending the other person, not sparking conflict and not damaging relationships. These emotional filters rob the team of much creative potential. How we experience being vulnerable in team situations and our tolerance for taking personal risk varies from person to person. As an analogy, organizing a high school dance with popular dance music, great mood lighting, and a pleasant atmosphere by itself does not guarantee people will step onto the floor and dance. People must be willing to let go of the inhibitions which prevent them from getting up; such as fear of rejection or fear of embarrassment once they are on the dance floor.
The benefits of using improv to develop individual and team behaviors in professional settings have been widely researched. In this workshop led by experienced improv, leadership & team coaches, participants will take part in a series of improv exercises, interspersed with short personal and group reflections. Activities have been carefully selected and sequenced to help build and exercise 'vulnerability muscles.' After the workshop, participants typically report increased confidence at taking more personal risks, feeling safer when vulnerable, being better and more emotionally attuned listeners, and being more open to feedback.
Workshop participants will gain new ideas and a foundation to build on. Value is only fully achieved when these new ideas are translated into the team's behaviors and daily routines. We close the workshop by providing participants with recommendations on how they can take these learnings back and integrate them into their organizations.
Oyster is built on a radically simple idea: that leadership is no accident. Leaders—true, proven, authentic leaders—are rarely the result of lucky genes or fleeting inspiration. Leaders aren’t born. They’re made. They can be taught.
And we teach leaders how to create kickass teams.