The “Yes, and” Key to Personal Development

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Comedy Improv’s notion of “Yes, and”. Maybe it’s because I know a number of people who are part of Improv’s wonderfully whacky world…or maybe it’s because I work with the people at the Geomic Code Research Institute in the field of self-care and individual growth. Come to think of it: It’s probably both.

Comedy theater tells us that “Yes, and” is the number 1 rule in improvisation. To follow this rule, one participant says “Yes” to another participant’s statement and then expands on it (the “and” part). The important word there is “expands”. By accepting the first person’s premise, the second increases its value by affirming its validity as an idea and building on it.

“Yes, and” has become a popular brainstorming tool in the business world because it encourages people to listen without judgment and, rather than dismissing a notion as too far flung, including it in the developmental process that brings about new products and services that help make our lives better.

At the Institute, we study how people make choices and, through a set of self-development tools and workshops, help them see how those choices are often made at an unconscious level…and…how they can bring their decision-making into the light of conscious choice. Our involvement in the arenas of personal and professional development tell us that “Yes, and” fits right in with the Geomic Code philosophy of finding ways to better relate to the world around us.

Randy Wight, Geomic Code CEO, participates in an improv group and also conducts workshops about comedy improvisation. In co-writing a book with Phil Canville (the discoverer of Geomic Code), Randy spoke about the “Yes, and” approach to life that we at the Institute call “shape shifting”:


In order to deal with someone…who deals with the world in a completely different way [than you do], you need to understand how you can shape shift or move to a more neutral area between you and the other person’s area of understanding, which we might call his or her Geomic Sphere…why would it be important for you to shape shift enough to understand more clearly…what that person is all about, what he or she is trying to communicate to you and how that might affect your life decisions?…[Your] Geomic Code Assessment results…[are] really helping you gain a whole new data set that allows you, not only to better communicate with others and form bridges between you and them, but also, in return, once those bridges are formed, you gather even more data, and you are better off when it comes to making life decisions…The more points of data you have, the clearer the picture becomes. 


You can see, then, why the Institute considers “Yes, and” (shape shifting) an important component in your self-development toolbox. We think you’d agree that anything that broadens your view and opens you up to new ways of approaching life can help you become your best self.

I believe you’ll enjoy listening to Randy’s story about how “Yes, and” got him out of a tight spot when he was very young…and taught him a useful life lesson.



At the Institute, we can help you focus your attention on your unique set of individual and professional developmental opportunities in a way you may not have done before. Let us help you open the door to these resources you have within yourself. I invite you to take a Geomic Code Assessment and contact us so that we can show you how your Geomic D-N-A can help you better interact with the world around you.  

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