I had a great conversation recently with Keith Carlson, Kevin Ross, and Elizabeth Scala as their guest on RNFM Radio. (Recorded here.) It was very exciting to share some news about my new textbook, Successful Nurse Communication coming out on 9/4/2015 and we had a wonderful discussion about the underlying complexities of listening and assertiveness. I value this conversation among nurse leaders a lot b/c these roots, that often involve personal growth in emotional intelligence are so vital to our professional development, the care we provide, and the cultures we work in.
I also got to talk about ‘Medical Improv’ and how this experiential learning process is such a fun way to grow personally and professionally. (Don’t miss the spontaneous demos we did with “Yes, but..” and “One Upmanship”.)
One topic I was going to elaborate on with respect to Med Improv and the powerful learning it offers regarding celebrating risk-taking (I thought of it, but forgot!) . Anyways, in regular improv or that associated with improv comedy, one of the principles that we follow is often called, “Celebrating Failure“. Basically, this is a little ritual that can be fined tuned among the group that is designed to provide a positive response when someone makes a mistake or perhaps is stuck and unable to respond in the moment with any particular activity. Often times it involves the team clapping, snapping fingers, or bowing in a supportive gesture. It is a super way to help people to take the risk of trying something new and different and to ensure team support. Think about how profound this is in terms of our sense of belonging, psychological safety in groups, ownership for mistakes, and willingness to contribute ideas, concerns, and stopping the silence in healthcare.
It also helps explain how deeply complicated assertiveness can be and why teaching nurses to be assertive for themselves in addition to each other and patients is so critical. Just think about emotional risk in a blaming or judging culture or toxic relation!
When I teach this principle in medical improv sessions I’ve started calling it ‘Celebrating Risk-taking”. I do this to avoid any association with seeking out failures as we know in healthcare we do NOT want to do that! I also like the framework for nurses of encouraging each other to step out of their comfort zones Click To Tweet
I also like the framework for nurses of encouraging each other to step out of their comfort zones in developing their self awareness, self-respect, and awareness and respect for others. All of which are crucial for honoring diversity and building healthy workplace relationships and cultures.
It seems like a simple principle, doesn’t it? Yet celebrating risk-taking can contribute to assertiveness, accountability, professionalism, new ideas, conflict management….in short, the learning can be profound!
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