TOOL: Make a strong choice

There’s a new dance craze sweeping the nation – maybe you’ve seen it where you work or in social interactions, or at a company presentation, or on an improv stage.

Let’s call it the “polite dance”.

It usually looks like this, “you go”, “no – you go”, “no, YOU go”, “oh please – no you, please. I insist”.

Politeness paralysis.

The polite dance is one we often revert to for many different reasons: we don’t want to offend, we are unsure of our own choices, are more comfortable following than leading, are unsure of a direction, etc.

One tool in the Improvisers toolbox is the ability to make a strong choice.

Making a strong choice means learning how to trust instincts, give and take, develop the confidence to speak for ourselves, to make a choice rather than waver in indecision-land — which also happen to be key skills leaders need.

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