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Transforming Team Dynamics: 3 Improv Exercises to Try at Work

By Josie Benedetti

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern business, effective teamwork is essential for driving innovation, solving complex problems, and achieving organizational success. While traditional team-building activities have their merits, improv offers an impactful way to build collaboration in the office. 

Here are three improv exercises that can change the way your team operates:

  1. “Yes, And”

At the heart of improv lies the principle of “Yes, And.” This simple yet profound mantra encourages performers to accept and build upon each other’s ideas, creating a supportive and collaborative environment where creativity flourishes. In a business context, “Yes, And” can be applied to brainstorming sessions, meetings, and problem-solving discussions. Instead of shooting down ideas or getting stuck in a cycle of negativity, team members are encouraged to embrace a mindset of acceptance and possibility. By saying “Yes” to ideas and adding their own contributions with “And,” team members can co-create innovative solutions, explore new perspectives, and foster a culture of open communication and collaboration. Practice this with your team by pairing up and planning an imaginary weekend together where you’re only able to agree and add to each other’s ideas!

  1. “Follow the Follower”

“Follow the Follower” is an improv exercise that focuses on active listening, adaptability, and collaboration. In this exercise, team members form a circle and take turns leading the group in a series of physical movements or actions. The catch? The leader must closely observe the movements of the person next to them and mimic their actions as closely as possible. As the exercise progresses, leadership roles shift seamlessly from one person to the next, emphasizing the importance of listening, responding, and supporting each other’s contributions. By practicing “Follow the Follower,” teams can improve their ability to collaborate, adapt to changing circumstances, and work together seamlessly towards common goals.

  1. “Story Circle”

“Story Circle” is a storytelling exercise that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration. In this exercise, team members sit in a circle and take turns contributing to a story one sentence at a time. The goal is to build a cohesive narrative by listening to and building upon each other’s ideas. As the story unfolds, participants must pay close attention to the contributions of their colleagues, adapt their own contributions to fit the emerging narrative, and support the overall direction of the story. “Story Circle” encourages active listening, creative thinking, and effective communication, fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork among participants.


In conclusion, improv exercises offer a unique and effective way to enhance collaboration, communication, and teamwork within organizations. By embracing principles such as “Yes, And,” “Follow the Follower,” and “Story Circle,” teams can cultivate a culture of openness, creativity, and collaboration that drives innovation and success. Whether used as icebreakers, team-building activities, or problem-solving exercises, improv exercises have the power to change the way your team works and unleash their full potential. So why not give them a try and see how they can transform your team dynamics for the better?

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“Every office is buzzing about the improv part of the meeting. People are raving about how much fun they had in the exercises. They actually learned something from doing them and hearing the instructors talk about how they relate back to business skills was great. What a blast!”

Chicago Sun-Times

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