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What Multiplayer Games Have to Do with Leadership Development and the Future of Work

When not gallivanting around Gielinor slaying monsters, completing quests, or working on skill levels on my own, I’m leading a small group through an activity that involves finding several roaming pixelated penguins disguised in bush, rock, or barrel costumes. It all sounds very silly and lighthearted but, let me tell you, this can turn into a challenging endeavor! Although I didn’t initially seek out leadership, I took up this task as planning the sequence of places to visit and the optimal route through them as well as coordinating sweeps (where we split up to efficiently cover a large area) came naturally to me. The challenge is in communicating directions to people you can’t see face-to-face and, similar to those familiar conflicts that arise when driving around with your significant other and getting lost, the interpersonal frustrations that flare up – What do you mean you don’t know where Piscatoris Fishing Colony is?! You just did a quest there recently FFS!!! Read more of this post

The Happy Workplace: Reflection on a Presentation about Zappos’ Company Culture

A couple of days ago I attended a presentation by Zappos’ CEO, James Key Lim, in Sacramento, California. Lim spent an hour talking about the decision to turn things around at Zappos several years ago by developing and prioritizing a strong work culture of happiness that values transparency, trust, social connections, and fun (e.g., they have toys and games at work). Company culture is the #1 concern there as Lim emphasized over and over again. Unfortunately I didn’t hear or even find anything later about their take on job design and person-job fit as I hoped, however the Zappos philosophy on hiring as well as information on the hiring process itself can be found on YouTube. Read more of this post
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