What if I told you there is a way to address the following in your organization: without creating extra work, or a large time investment?

  • Change management
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion and Belonging
  • Complex social interactions
  • Coping with uncertainty and the unknown
  • Multigenerational team development
  • Collaboration and complex negotiation
  • Organizational physical, cognitive, and social-emotional health and wellbeing

What if I told you that one of the most powerful tools for resilience, inclusive practice and change management was something that every person in your company already knows how to do, but may have forgotten?

That common ground, the place we find a starting place for change, is in PLAY.

“Neuroscientists, developmental biologists, psychologists, social scientists, and researchers from every point of the scientific compass now know that play is a profound biological process. It has evolved over eons in many animal species to promote survival. It shapes the brain and makes animals smarter and more adaptable. In higher animals, it fosters empathy and makes possible complex social groups. For us, play lies at the core of creativity and innovation.

Of all animal species, humans are the biggest players of all. We are built to play and built through play. When we play, we are engaged in the purest expression of our humanity, the truest expression of our individuality. (Brown, S., 2009, p.13)

Watch as a group of executives all with different motivations, focus, challenges, and expectations find their way through complex, intentional play scenarios set up to reveal their differences of background, culture, ability and knowledge as the strength of their company.

Children do it better of course because they can leave fear of judgement, being right or wrong at the door. However, adults from every background still have play, creativity and innovation on hand if and when the setting for risk and vulnerability are built into the process. This step-wise intentional “dance” is a key to success.

Take a look at the video below, and consider: What if every reference made about children, was a reference to the team of people you work with, or the environment you choose to work in?