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David Boyce Improv

David Boyce Improv offers team building workshops for groups and business interested in building high performance teams while having fun.

 

According to Patrick Lencioni in his book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, trust is the often missing foundation for a high performance team and missing element of almost any team.

Members of great teams trust one another on a fundamental, emotional level, and they are comfortable being vulnerable with each other about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears, and behaviors. They get to a point where they can be completely open with one another, without filters.”

In my workshops I utilize my improv skills to involve groups in interactive games that are designed to relax and remove preconceived barriers.

Through the various exercises people naturally become more aware and vulnerable enabling them to build stronger bonds of trust.

 

 

Why do Improv?

Apart from the laughter and togetherness that a group experiences in an improv workshop, there is also a very practical benefit to improv.

It’s all in the head…literally. The human brain is comprised of two hemispheres known as left and right brain.

The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and is known as the logical side.

It is linear and sequential in thinking. It processes language and symbols and focuses on the past and the future, which makes it particularly adept at handling analytical challenges.

Our educational system is designed to develop our problem solving strategies from a left brain perspective.

The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and is known as the creative side. It is intuitive and boundless in it’s thinking.

It is fearless and joyful in nature and processes non- verbal stimulus. Its focus is on the present moment.

Consider the idea that we once approached the world from more of a right brain perspective, until we were trained over several years of schooling, to think from the left.

What does this have to do with improv?

Many of us think we can’t do improv. We get stuck in our head and can’t think of anything to say or do.

What’s actually happening is that we are approaching this challenge from a left brain perspective as we have been trained to do.

The problem is that left brain sucks at improv.

Right brain is standing idly by and will knock it out of the park if given the chance.

So who needs to do improv?

How would it be if in approaching our daily work challenges, in addition to utilizing our brilliantly logical left brain, we fired up our amazingly perceptive and intuitive right brain too!

Now obviously we can’t flick back and forth between left and right brain.

That would be weird. But we can employ new strategies that will stimulate right brain and bring it into the fold.

Right brain strategies can help to :

Listen to understand, not just waiting for our turn to speak. A team that is listening is communicating.

Step a little out of our comfort zone. Be willing to risk failure to access success.

Be open to new ideas. Every idea gets a chance. Let’s see where this can take us.

We truly collaborate by focusing on our team members-not on ourselves and therein establish trust. This is fundamental to any team building activity.

In the Improv Workshop we get to explore and practice all of these strategies. And it’s fun!

 

David Boyce Improv

 Previous Team Building Workshops

 

Canadian Development Investment Corporation

Ontario Ministry of Government Services

Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Alliance Hospice Toronto

Spiritual Frontiers Canada

TD Bank

President’s Choice Financial

Academy of Spherical Arts

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Deloitte Toronto

The Taligent Group Inc

Preferred Health Care Services

Toastmasters

Sarona Asset Management