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Play for Your Life - Going from Good to Great in a Digital World

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The job of a project manager has never been both easier and more challenging than in this digital era when technology is enabling everyone to know faster, think faster and move faster.

Making stuff happen in a digital world requires that project managers not only get stuff done, but nurture creative potential in order for people to achieve new levels of professional excellence since modern day project management began in the 1950s.

Discover why play is one of the most effective and efficient ways of bringing people together to do their best work and how play increases creativity, collaboration, communication and resilience so that you and your teams can go from good to great.

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Play for Your Life - Going from Good to Great in a Digital World

  1. 1. Play for Your Life Going from Good to Great in a Digital World with Portia Tung
  2. 2. What would you like to have happen?
  3. 3. @portiatung Executive Coach – Storyteller – Play Researcher Founder of www.theschoolofplay.org
  4. 4. Play for Life As a play seeker/play skeptic* I need ideas on how to play more So that we can all live happily ever after. Success Criteria [ ] I have a working knowledge of play [ ] I can explain the importance of play [ ] I have one or more ideas to play more [ ] I’ve had fun! * You choose
  5. 5. Being a digital PM is like…
  6. 6. Part 1: Play
  7. 7. Part 1: Play Part 2: Brain
  8. 8. Part 1: Play Part 2: Brain Part 3: Future
  9. 9. Part 1: Play
  10. 10. Welcome to the Play Assessment…
  11. 11. “Play or Nay!”
  12. 12. Play or Nay?
  13. 13. Play or Nay?
  14. 14. Play or Nay?
  15. 15. Play or Nay?
  16. 16. Play or Nay?
  17. 17. Play or Nay?
  18. 18. Computer says… Play on!
  19. 19. Most common questions asked Why should I play? Is it OK for me to play?
  20. 20. Seemingly purposeless Voluntary Inherent attraction Time flies by Reduces sense of self-consciousness Potential for improvisation Desire to keep going Stuart Brown M.D., Founder of the National Institute of Play Play is…
  21. 21. Why play? Shapes an organism’s brain Makes animals smarter and more adaptable Enables us to sustain social relationships Fuels creativity and innovation
  22. 22. When was the last time you played? The XP Game - Boston, Summer 2010 www.xpgame.be by Pascal Van Cauwenberghe and Vera Peeters When was the last time you played ……at work?
  23. 23. Play Seeker or Play Skeptic? low high lowhigh KNOWHOW DESIRE [3] Can play Won’t play [1] Can play Want to play [4] Can’t play Won’t play [2] Can’t play Want to play Play Seeker Play Skeptic Quadrant by Portia Tung
  24. 24. What’s the opposite of play?
  25. 25. The Opposite of Play Play Creativity & Innovation Invention Growth Work Purpose Competence Play as described in “Play“ by Stuart Brown, M.D, with Christopher Vaughan © 2010 Penguin Books Ltd [3] Can play Won’t play [1] Can play Want to play [4] Can’t play Won’t play [2] Can’t play Want to play Depression
  26. 26. Doodle Time!
  27. 27. Why should adults play? Breaks down barriers between people Opens the mind to enable learning Opens the heart to create a connection Source of joy Source of hope
  28. 28. 5 – 10 mins of play per day 1 day of play lasts up to a week Little and often Your Recommended Daily Amount of Play
  29. 29. Part 2: Brain
  30. 30. The Psychological Mind “The Chimp Paradox” by Prof Steve Peters www.chimpmanagement.com
  31. 31. Tell us about your favourite childhood toy
  32. 32. Play with Your Chimp
  33. 33. Part 3: Future
  34. 34. Outdated View of Human Intelligence 1825
  35. 35. Multiple Intelligences P l a y I n t e l l i g e n c e
  36. 36. Meta-Intelligence of Human Intelligence P l a y I n t e l l i g e n c e
  37. 37. Lifelong Learning Understanding The Play Process Model by Scott Eberle, VP for interpretation at the Strong Museum of Play in New York Anticipation “The Curiosity Carousel” by Portia Tung www.theschoolofplay.org Surprise Pleasure Mastery Poise
  38. 38. Your Play Future Suppose tonight, while you slept, a miracle occurred. When you awake tomorrow, what would be some of the things you would notice that would tell you that your life had suddenly become more playful? Adaption of the Miracle Question by Steve de Shazer & Insoo Kim Berg, Developers of Solution Focused Therapy
  39. 39. “Play once a day to keep the doctor and priest away!” www.theschoolofplay.org The School of Play turns 1 @CounterPlayFest on 1 April 2017
  40. 40. Play for Your Life • Opposite of Play == Depression • RDA Play 10-15 minutes a day • Play with your chimp • Play more at home and at work • Develop your play intelligence little and often • All play!
  41. 41. Play Treasure Trove Ted talks: Play is more than just fun by Dr Stuart Brown How Schools Kill Creativity by Ken Robinson Enterprise Gardening by Portia Tung More videos: http://www.playwales.org.uk/eng/rightoplay The Power of Play: Making Good Teams Great by Portia Tung The School of Play www.theschoolofplay.org @tsoplay
  42. 42. Play for Life As a play seeker/play skeptic* I need ideas on how to play more So that we can all live happily ever after. Success Criteria [ ] I have a working knowledge of play [ ] I can explain the importance of play [ ] I have one or more ideas to play more [ ] I’ve had fun! * You choose
  43. 43. Thank you for playing! Portia Tung Executive & Personal Coach – Storyteller – Play Researcher Blog: www.selfishprogramming.org | Twitter: portiatung Founder of www.theschoolofplay.org Email: portia@portiatung.org

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