The definition of the Mindset of Discovery emerged from 60 years of improvising off and on stage at the Brave New Workshop, the oldest satirical comedy theater in the U.S. and from 20+ years for bridging improv practices and cultural norms to the business world.
Without the Mindset of Discovery it is nearly impossible to create and collaborate at the rapid pace our stage requires with the added stress of a live audience. Yet, the true power of the Mindset of Discovery is more evident in its effects on the behaviors of the humans who work at the Brave New Workshop, and those who have been impacted by Brave New Workshop’s Creative Outreach business training programs.
In our 20+ years of experience we have heard countless times that employees would love their workplaces to resemble our training sessions, and to have the same feeling of trust, transparency and good humor. We have also heard that most workplaces are plagued with fear and disengagement. The desire to create positive change and infuse happiness in the workplace has driven us to dedicate our work to helping employees practice simple, measurable behaviors, which allow them to be in a Mindset of Discovery more often, and affect their organizations by simply behaving the way they want their companies and teams to be.
WHEN WE ARE IN THE MINDSET OF DISCOVERY WE ASSUME THAT:
- Ideas and honest opinions have value and are celebrated instead of judged.
- Change is fuel instead of an obstacle.
- Mistakes are a great source of inspiration and learning.
- We all have the power to create change and impact those around us.
- We don’t need ALL the information to just begin.
TO SPEND MORE TIME IN DISCOVERY WE PRACTICE SIMPLE BUT POWERFUL BEHAVIORS (WHICH WE CALL THE BIG 5):
- Listen: Be present, open and aware
- Defer Judgment: Pause and accept the potential of ideas and opinions
- Reframe: Use what you have to move forward
- Declare: Be authentic and clear, speak your mind
- Jump In: Develop a bias towards action, avoid analysis-paralysis