Updated: Jan 18, 2021
Finding the value of a group taking the time to bond and develop trust before embarking on a common goal or project.
Whenever a new group of people begin working together and teambuilding, it’s important they first learn something about each other. A simple ice-breaker begins the process of building trust. We can learn a lot and borrow a framework for Improv to kick this work off.
When Improvisers start a scene, they establish characters. We get to know something about them. The C in C.R.O.W.—Characters, Relationships, Objectives, Where you are (the setting) is a reminder to establish your character. This ensures everyone—you, your scene partners and the audience—know who you are. Establishing characters not only helps to build a solid foundation to support the scene, but it allows the characters to develop relationships while they advance the scene.
A simple ice-breaker begins the process of building trust. Never underestimate the power of a good ice-breaker.
And isn’t it true that the more an audience gets to know a character, the more a character is developed, the more likely they are to care about what happens to them? We start to root for the characters we love. We want them to succeed, to achieve their objectives, and we sit on the edge of our seats with anticipation when they get close!
A good leader knows that the same is true for their team members at work. They’ll support and root for each other if they care about one another. How many times have you heard that getting ahead is all about relationships? Strong leaders will provide opportunities for bonding, socializing and team building because they know there’s long-term value in developing relationships.
Never underestimate the power of a good ice-breaker.