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Corporate Workshops

Team Building & Corporate Workshops

Yes, AND! The Power of Collaborative Communication

Google recently released the results of its study, Aristotle, which were surprising to them, but not to The Play Group Theatre!

Among the seven most important qualities of Google’s top employees, guess what didn’t even make the list? STEM expertise. But the list did include skills that will look familiar to theatre students:

  • communicating and listening well
  • possessing insights into others, including different values and points of view
  • having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues
  • being a good critical thinker and problem solver
  • being a good coach
  • being able to make connections across complex ideas.

and most important

  • creating psychological safety among teammates; team members feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other

In other words, the researchers found that what really mattered was less about who is on the team, and more about how the team worked together.

If your company is anything like Google, then you are also finding these 'soft skills' are the most valuable assets among your employees. But, of course, you can't just send a memo and tell your employees that the new company policy is to "communicate well and be empathetic."

These are skills that have to be practiced. They are muscles that have to be stretched.

Did your employees study theatre in college? Were they in their High School Drama Club? Then you are in luck. These are the powerful lessons that a quality arts education cultivates in our children!!!

They didn't?

It isn't too late! PGT Executive Workshops brings all the lessons of the theatre straight into your office!

What skills can you expect your employees to gain at a PGT Improv Workshop?

  • emotional intelligence
  • generosity
  • curiosity toward the ideas of their teammates
  • empathy
  • emotional safety

To succeed in a PGT Corporate Workshop each and every participant must feel confident speaking up and making mistakes - it is all part of the game!

In a team with high psychological safety, teammates feel safe to take risks around their team members. They feel confident that no one on the team will embarrass or punish anyone else for admitting a mistake, asking a question, or offering a new idea. That is the very core of the "Yes, AND" rule of Improv! Get into the room with PGT Corporate and watch your team get on their feet, work together, listen and respond, and give each other the floor, all while laughing, having fun, and getting to know each other in new ways.

To discuss team building workshops for your organization, please contact Jill Abusch, Artistic Director at or call (914) 946-4433.

If a company wants to outstrip its competitors, it needs to influence not only how people work but also how they work together.

- Charles Duhigg, NY Times Magazine
"What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team"

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