I recently realized that my use of Agile Games for learning and doing work is part of something much more profound: play. This is one way to support the creation of high-performance teams and companies. When work is play, people are engaged and businesses get great results.
Stuart Brown shares an insightful quote:
The opposite of play is not work, it’s depression.
In the following TedX video, Stuart Brown explains the importance of play.
- Lot’s of great science on the importance of play for learning and development.
- Play is hard-wired into our brains (stories of Polar Bear with Husky and Mother with infant)
- Use of play skills in children is critical for adult development of problem solving skills. In particular, play involving hands is key.
For more information, there is Stuart’s book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
Many thanks to Yves Hanouille who first shared this with me.