The "Yes, and ..." Rule

Friday, February 19, 2016
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Ever hear of the "Yes, and ..." Rule?

Basically its a rule-of-thumb in improv that suggests participants should accept what other participants are saying ("yes") and then elaborate on their line of thinking ("and"). This does a couple of things: encourages acceptance, initiates collaboration, and pushes the discussion forward.

Its a rule that -- if applied more liberally within the public sector -- could help shift the culture. It's likely not one that could be universally applied (we can't be all things to all people) but one that could be more systematically deployed in certain scenarios (e.g. ideation phases whenever the 'no-machine' is often deployed in an anticipatory fashion).

Something to think about?

Yes of course, and ....