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Don’t Say Play! How Fear Is Keeping Us From One Of The Greatest Strategies For Innovation And Inclusion

Organizations “in play” are adaptable, inclusive, innovative, and productive.

Want to know what organizations fear?

That when we “play” we are not “working”.

We are afraid that play means silly, unproductive, and makes us feel unprofessional and uncomfortable.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Play is that thing you do that you enjoy so much you get lost in. When you are doing it you don’t know where the time went. Play is personal.

What do you do at work that you really love to do? Why do you go back to work every day? In there lies “the play”.

And it is voluntary…no one can make you do it. If the ping pong tables and cupcake socials are not your play, then they are doing nothing to increase your productivity or potential.


When we are “in play” we are utilizing our whole self, revealing our potential, physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. It is scientifically proven that the brain “in play” drives motivation, and imagination, and is most open to new ideas and concepts.

Play is where we are most capable of and open to creative and dynamic thinking — it is also when we are most open to considering multiple perspectives and new ideas and most inclusive

Work and play are not separate-when you do the work you love, and you were meant to do, the two constructs are seamless.

You won’t know where one starts and the other begins.

Creative solutions for innovation, inclusion, productivity and profit.

Want to know more?

Brandi Heather — Building Organizations Where People Want To Work

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