Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Power of Play at Work



Want more innovation, creativity, and general job satisfaction? According to a new book entitled, The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play, what we learn in childhood—to be spontaneous, resourceful and full of imagination—offers us lifelong lessons for creativity and problem solving at work.

Why as adults do we lose our sense of play? Author Kevin Carroll suggests, " we dumb down the role of play, and we marginalize it and push it to the weekends. But the new generation growing up—the microwave generation—to them, play and work are one and the same. Their play comes with them in the form of a handheld device, and they can plug into play even in the middle of classes. They are going to challenge the standards of behavior."