The Essence of Playing a Game

>In my new book – I will be writing about how games are used in a business context, like playing at work for training purposes. The funny thing is that people in a work-environment are not used (and likely) to change. It’s remarkable that in games actually – we tend to try to reach the same objective in different ways even if it means losing a few lives (die trying). So in games we are very ‘open to change‘ and eager to learn.

A friend of mine is graduating at the University of Utrecht on a thesis about the effectiveness of games as a tool for internal communication and her opening quote is striking, because it defines exactly why I think using games in business environments is so effective. The words have been said by Henry Ford and goes as follows:

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. 

I am going to read the thesis now and I promise you will soon see a post here including the summary of the effects of games as an internal communications tool.

 ‘Laat op je werk spelen’ (A Business Playground / playatwork / workinplay)

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