Consider me bought in and drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. It’s amazing how even after only 2 years in the workforce, I already find myself on the opposite end of Tina Fey’s advice.
1. ALWAYS AGREE AND SAY “YES”
“When you’re improvising, this means you are required to agree with whatever your partner has created. So if we’re improvising and I say, “Freeze, I have a gun,” and you say, “That’s not a gun. It’s your finger. You’re pointing your finger at me,” our improvised scene has ground to a halt.”
Fey recognizes that people aren’t always going to agree, “[b]ut the Rule of Agreement reminds you to ‘respect what your partner has created’ and to at least start from an open-minded space.” Substitute “colleague” for “partner” and you have a rule that will improve communication in any organization.
2. SAY “YES, AND”
The idea here is that you agree and then add something of your own. This means “don’t be afraid to contribute. It’s your responsibility to contribute. Always make sure you’re adding something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.”