Second City is the most famous improvisational comedy group in the world. In this podcast, Kelly Leonard has amazing points of view about creativity, psychological safety and working in teams.
What resonated with me:
“An ensemble is only as good as its ability to compensate for the weakest member.”
This quote gets at the idea that there is no single weakest member in any group. Inevitably, everyone has a weaker moment. The strength of a group is determined by their ability to fill in when needed.
I also love the sentiment that improvisation, creativity and saying “yes, and” is a practice. It’s not something you can learn once. It’s like going to the gym. You do it each day to stay in shape.
Lastly, there was this idea of self verification theory. This says that people don’t want to be seen as a better version of themselves. They want to be seen the way they see themselves. A little counterintuitive at first, but starts to make sense the more you think about it. Leonard called seeing people as they want to be seen “the ultimate ‘Yes, And.’”