LightSwitch: Where Team Culture Is at Play
LightSwitch workshops empower your staff to speak out and share their ideas in a safe and supportive environment, which builds a team culture of trust where failure is embraced and celebrated as a learning experience instead of a blow to self confidence.
LightSwitch Consulting tailors workshops for clients using the fundamentals of applied improvisation. Applied improv isn’t about being quick-witted or funny; it’s about listening and making others look good and feel heard. When the veil is dropped and judgement is set aside, self and team discovery can happen.
These workshops are for forward-thinking businesses, organizations, and non-profits who have identified challenges in their teams and are open to doing something different: investing in their staff by trying a non-traditional, play-based approach to surmount every obstacle.
Address Challenges Through Play
90 minute — This short, introductory workshop gives your team a taste of the benefits of applied improv. Providing a launchpad to explore through longer workshops
Half-day — A three-hour tailored workshop to drill down into a specific challenge through playful games and exercises founded in applied improv
Full-day — Even more fun packed into a six-hour tailored workshop; recommended when addressing a few challenges at once or digging deeper into one area
Workshop Series — Delivered over multiple sessions, a series made up of half-day or full-day workshops tailored to your team provides opportunity to address multiple areas of concern, build on previous sessions and develop a relationship with the facilitator
Special Events — Customizable interactive sessions designed for larger groups (company-wide meetings, retreats, conferences, symposiums, etc.)
LightSwitch Consulting aims to help the culture of your team shift from negative to positive, from scared to engaged, and from being wary of others to making others look good.
“Our company has worked with Phil a number of times now, both in small group sessions as well as all-company workshops, and have always benefited from his ability to customize the sessions and tailor his approach to meet our needs. He brings high energy with a focus on fun and playfulness to a corporate setting in a way that allows our employees to fully engage in the activities while gaining insights and tackling important topics. He’s brought activities that have helped us address specific challenges such as supporting open communication, tackling conflict resolution, working collaboratively and celebrating mistakes. We look forward to working together with Phil in the future and would recommend him to any organization looking to engage staff in a unique, experiential and collaborative way.”
Lea Scherck — VP People, ThoughtExchange
Contact LightSwitch Consulting for a complimentary, no-obligation, 30-minute meeting to explore the challenges your team is facing. Phil will consider solutions with you, ranging from team building and leadership exercises to games encouraging communication, collaboration, and connection through creativity and the power of play.
Applied improvisation assumes creativity happens collaboratively, where everyone in the group is encouraged to find deeper connection by taking care of each other and developing the vulnerability and authenticity necessary to build genuine trust.
It isn’t just about what’s said out loud. Active listening includes body language and tone as much as the words being spoken aloud. The concept of “yes, and…” borrowed from the art of improvisation validates that you heard the speaker and have thoughtfully considered their point of view before responding (not that you necessarily agree with them!).
When we remove the everyday masks we wear to protect ourselves from vulnerability and judgement, we have the opportunity to see each other beyond the surface and find common ground.
A leadership style that suits the leader may not suit the follower. Try on different styles. Do you know when to push? When to ease off? Learn how to inspire by replacing fear, suspicion, and anxiety with focus, creativity, and collaboration.
Individuals, teams, and organizations release their creative potential and, over time, increase confidence when they’re given permission to fail. When we remove the fear of failure and judgement and allow ourselves to be surprised, mistakes lead to discovery — you’ll be surprised at the gems you’ll find hidden among the ridiculous ideas.
Public Speaking & Presentation
The skillset to speak up and share perspective with confidence can positively change a workspace and build leaders, not only for presentations and events, but in team meetings and staff discussions as well. By learning to embrace and acknowledge mistakes, we can use our body language and words to connect with our audience more effectively.