Could your workplace use a splash of positivity?
Does the door need to open to make room for creativity?
By improvising your way to creating a “Yes!” space, you and your team can establish an environment where ideas flourish.
And it all starts with greeting every idea with agreement.
Now, just because you agree with an idea, that doesn’t mean that every employee will be running around, implementing their idea.That’s NOT what will happen.
In the idea phase, and to build a space that lets innovation run wild, a few things have to happen:
Here’s what will happen if the environment doesn’t allow for these factors:
Creating a space for “Yes!” to happen is vital to innovation and performance. When contributions are validated, the result is a high-performing team that’s committed, accountable and excited.
But just what is required to create this kind of space? Where conflict isn’t invited, but true collaboration is?
Set the stage for collaboration that leads to creativity by trying one of these activities with a partner or your team.
Make your conference calls more useful, and decrease the distractions (checking the phone or writing an email), by establishing accountability and respect. Here’s what to do:
There will be times when you need to say no. But when the situation involves another person, you need to find different ways to say no.
You’ll learn to communicate in a way that invites people into collaboration (instead of conflict), opens new avenues for negotiations, and leads to better client interactions.
Instead of saying no, learn to ask open-ended questions to discover what the person really wants and uncover their needs and motivations.
Find a partner and practice:
Remove “No” from your vocabulary, and say “Yes” instead – to collaboration and creativity.
Where do you struggle with saying “Yes” and allowing colleagues the space to flourish?