+ ing Mon, Sep 07, 2015
Welcome back everyone from the long weekend. We are aware that Pixar spends a lot of time bringing great stories to life. One of their key processes is utilizing a method rooted in positive psychology.
Long before a movie ever appears on a movie theater screen, Pixar's writers and creative teams story board their ideas. Within this creative process, if an employee has a new idea, one cannot immediately criticize or judge the idea. Instead, their fellow employees utilize a technique called plussing.
For example, they adjust their language to state something such as, "I like...(picking out something positive) and what if...(providing another perspective)." This is a very subtle tweak to their language, which also creates a shift in one's mindset and contributes to a positive culture. How would you react to someone responding with: "Yes, and...what if...?"