Collaboration - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon that wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 9

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

This week on the Mini-Podcast we are welcoming a new guest, Katie Klein, where she discusses the use of improvisation to improve collaboration by using other people's ideas to create something together. She describes it as "Yes, and-ing" other people's ideas to create something all together. 'Yes, and...' means "Yes I heard you, I'm listening, and here's how I'm going to build on it..."

How do you use improv in your everyday life? By doing the following:

  • Start by listening as listening is the willingness to change and to adapt, it allows you to take the info into a new direction

  • See if you have moments in your everyday process where you can say: "Yes, and..."

  • Then try using 'Yes, and... " and see how it opens up the possibilities and changes the outcome

Most importantly, think about a situation today where you can replace the word 'but' with the word 'and'...

If you’re not familiar with Katie Klein, you can currently catch her on stage in Chicago on Second City's 41st e.t.c. revue, "Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno." She is an actress, improviser and teacher. She teaches with Second City Works, Improv Olympics (iO) and performs weekly with improv teams in Chicago, The Late 90’s, Virgin Daiquiri, Superhuman and with her husband Neil in, Ed and Kath. She previously wrote, performed and loved the Second City e.t.c. revue “A Red Line Runs Through It.”

Using improv and 'yes, and...' as a collaboration tool is a perfect example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.