Executive Leadership Training for Tessellate

The executive team of Tessellate stopped by today to help cap off a corporate retreat with a fun  and powerful improv workshop focusing on executive leadership training. We often work with groups who contact us to be part of a larger area event they are holding for their teams  Improv is a fun way to cap off a planning session, company retreat, or other organizational pow-wow.

Tessellate is a major provider of risk adjustment services to health care companies based in Michigan. They traveled to Philadelphia for their retreat. They wanted to focus most of all on ways to increase trust and transparency within their team.

How PHIT Developed Our EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Working with an employee at Tessellate responsible for planning the retreat, PHIT’s facilitators created a customized set of improv exercises. Then we refined the plan for the afternoon based on their feedback. As a result, we were able to deliver a highly focused and relevant learning experience for everyone who attended.

One aspect of our workshops that speak to corporate leadership is building on the principles of transparency and trust. Improvisation calls on us to be clear, effective, and emotionally honest. As a result, we train our workshop participants to consider their role on the team and how their ability to communicate with those around them effects their ability to rely on them.

PHIT Corporate leads an executive leadership training for Tessellate on one of our stages.

Just getting warmed up.

In order to take the necessary risks to grow as a team, there must be a foundation of trust. How else can ideas generate and grow? Therefore, our workshop today affirmed the role trust plays in our daily work lives.

 

PLAN A TRAINING FOR YOUR TEAM

Sound like something your team could benefit from? Contact us today for more information on our executive leadership training for groups like Tessellate’s and let us help your company use improv to advance your goals at the top. We would love to work with you!

Play at Work

If everyone had to write down a list of words that described their job, I don’t think “fun” would be at the top of many lists. Work is tough. Work is work. A job is full of challenges and responsibilities and most people compartmentalize fun to the hours after five o’clock.

Here’s the trick: your job SHOULD BE fun. But at some point, when you applied, or accepted an offer, something about this job must have been worthwhile for you to commit your time for it.

You may have lost sight of the “fun” behind the crushing weight of tasks, deadlines, cranky co-workers or clients.

I would never suggest you trivialize your job, or force yourself to treat issues that matter like they don’t. A flippant attitude isn’t the answer. But you can open yourself up to “playing” at work.

When we talk about improvisors performing, we refer to it as “playing.” On stage, you must open yourself up to the endless possibilities of what can happen from scene-to-scene or show-to-show. There is a sense of discovery and exploration.

That opportunity for you to flex creative muscles exists off stage too. By changing the way you approach work issues you can help make yourself love what you do.

“When we bring a sense of play into our work environment it opens up new pathways to solutions and allows for innovation,” according to Kristen Schier, university professor and one of PHIT Comedy’s corporate workshop facilitators. “Play exchanges convention and rigidity for novelty and flexibility. Play fosters creativity and adaptation all while inviting new possibilities… and let us not forget joy!

Our workshops can help people retrain how they think about work. We encourage you to look at your job not as an obligation you have to fulfill, but as a role for you to star in.

Here are a few ways you might be preventing yourself from having fun at work:

  1. You’re stuck in a creative rut: if you’ve become a slave to an implied system of doing your job, you’re missing out on new opportunities to approach work.
  2. You’re assuming “no”s – Sometimes our inclination to shoot down our own ideas prevents us from exploring opportunities we never realize.
  3. You’re focusing on the wrong things – If the amount you dread doing something is proportional to how long you put off doing it, you’re sustaining the worry. Spend your time focusing on the more engaging parts of your job.

To help you or your team rediscover fun at work, contact PHIT Comedy about our corporate workshops using applied improvisation today.