I've been involved with an international group called the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) for over seven years. AIN is a group of people who use the tools and skills of improvisation and bring them into businesses to improve team performance, creativity, and communication.
Improvisers spend many hours learning and practicing how to be in the moment, how to listen, and how to support their partners. They also have a clearly defined goal, are mutually interdependent, and hold each other accountable.
Whereas most people who do public speaking as trainers or presenters work from prepared notes, improvisers get on stage and perform together without a script. If you believe the adage that people are more afraid of public speaking then they are of dying, then being a stage improviser is one of the scariest jobs on the planet. ;)
Having no plans or notes doesn't equal being unprepared. What improvisers do have is expertise. They spend many hours learning and practicing how to be in the moment, how to listen, and how to support their partners. They also have a clearly defined goal, are mutually interdependent, and hold each other accountable—so they fit the criteria as a workplace team. (Most improv troupes hold each other accountable by debriefing after their shows to discuss what happened and how to improve—which is more then you can say about most workplace teams.)
There are guidelines for the behaviors expected on stage. These same guidelines, if followed, would produce an excellent work environment. Here are the guidelines, with some small tweaks to apply specifically to workplace teams:
Wouldn't you like to be part of a library team that embraces these principles?!