- Posted August 15, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Play with Purpose
Ask just about anyone about how much they feel encouraged to play at work and you'll get a resounding "not at all." Work spaces are serious and somber and we are expected to be serious and 'professional' there. But nothing could be more counterproductive.
More and more research shows that people are more productive when they stop being so serious and start to play again. The same natural skills you used in kindergarden are the ones that are needed in modern business.
As kids we use play to explore our world, test theories and learn through experimentation. We are better collaborators and learners in our early years and use creativity to solve complex problems. But as we get older we are encouraged to replace creativity and play for analysis and seriousness. But your inner creative genius can be revived.
Here at SeriouslyCreative we create games and use toys like Play-do, Lego building blocks, Crayola markers and other toys of expression to get CEOs, VPs and managers to suspend their traditional views of what is and is not possible and start using their innate but suppressed creativity to develop innovative new solutions to complex business problems.
It is by presenting these business leaders with games that have a clear beginning and end point and where the regular rules of business are suspended and exploration of the alternative perspective is encouraged that people are able to take leaps of faith, tackle sensitive issues and look beyond the most obvious and incremental answers.
We have also found that by hosting our SolutionSessions (brainstormings with structure and better results) at our offices that are designed to be more like a kindergarden classroom that the C-Suite, people become more collaborative and are willing to say what they really think leading groups to more dramatic ideas and better buy in. For this reason we keep on hand toys and games from the 70's, 80's and 90's to help remind people of their "anything was possible" childhood.
We also encourage our clients to keep toys in their offices to further invite staff to think like kids again. I the past four years we have sent out Potato Heads and other toys to clients in need of a little playfulness in their offices.