The Power of PLAY


In the field of creativity and innovation PLAYING is a very serious matter.

In the past years my mission is to help companies, organisation and entrepreneurs transform ideas into realities. Unfortunately, most of the times this process is made so OPERATIONAL and stiff that we loose all the poetry and beauty of creation of a new product/service or venture.

We tend to forget that at the end of the day, what really matters is creating value to a customer segment/s. This could actually be a very enjoyable process. Yes! Creating a new product/service or venture. Can be a wonderful game.

Here are some question we should ask as we begin to PLAY.

  1. Which game are we playing?
  2. How the game is organise/rules?
  3. What does it take to win/participate?
  4. Who is winning/playing the game?
  5. Can we change the game?

PLAYING doesn't mean not taking something seriously. Pretty much the opposite, actually. 

When kids are playing, lets say building a construction they are very serious. They are very serious because they want to succeed, they want to achieve their game.

The huge difference between an OPERATIONAL mindset and a PLAYFUL mindset is the approach to failure.  

Playing allows us to FAIL and retry. It gives us permission to start over and seek different results.

Every time we PLAY and we are in the playful mindsets we are able to improve our skills and performances. Continuous learning is the secret to always excel and reduce the probability of error.

When we embrace a PLAYFUL mindset we consider the error as an essential part of learning. Not a demonstration of incompetence.

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both. ”

 - L. P. Jacks

Thank to SCAD I had the opportunity to watch an inspiring keynote from Kevin Carroll which inspired this post.