A variation of Yes-And
The best way to communicate the value of Yes-Anding our colleagues is to play the anti-game. Let’s see how negation feels.
Level of Difficulty
Using the same rules as Yes-And, use the phrase “No Instead” at the top of each suggestion. Spend 3 minutes crafting a different holiday party. Statements could include:
- We should have a holiday party that’s beach themed
- No, instead let’s have the party at a bowling alley
- No, instead let’s just go to the movies
It’s easy to see how No-Instead gets stuck in the early phases of the party planning. For some continued discussion, see the questions below.
When should Yes-And be used in a brainstorming session and when might No-Instead be more appropriate? What is the application in brainstorming sessions, prioritization sessions, critiques, and elsewhere?