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From Workplace to Playspace
This innovative book draws on more than twenty years of research and consulting work with organizations as diverse as Google, Chicago Public Schools, Threadless, Learning Curve, Theater Oobleck, and Umpqua Bank. Author Pamela Meyer outlines how organizations can create dynamic workplacesor "playspaces"that inspire creative collaboration, learning, and positive change.
From Workplace to Playspace reclaims play as a key dynamic of organizational success.
The book shows leaders, facilitators, and participants how to shift their organizational mindset from one of workplacewith all its constraining connotationsto playspacewith the dynamic engagement it fosters. The "Playspace" approach is being used successfully across businesses, industries, government, and arts organizations, and in those that are well funded, as well as those with limited resources.
From Workplace to Playspace is an informative guide for building a supportive workplace environment that will help everyone work, create, and learn at their best.
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Praise for From Workplace to Playspace
"If you have always suspected that play is a necessary ingredient to success in the workplace, buy this book. Meyer makes the case in a compelling and rigorous way. If you have always resisted the idea of play as a legitimate professional approach, buy this book. Meyer will convince you otherwise."Kat Koppett, author, Training to Imagine, and founder, Koppett + Company, LLC
"A uniquely creative approach to bringing energy to your teams and workplace. The real-life examples will convince you that it is possible."Anna Zaltz, director, Global Leadership Development, PepsiAmericas, Inc.
"This book is for anyone who cares about the quality and vitality of ideas. Instead of the prescriptive how-to of many business books, it awakens one's awareness of being in a meeting: how we maximize our own contributions and bring out the best in others. Since reading this book, I am conscious of how I 'show up' and what I do to enliven the exchange of ideas."Cheryl Small, director of alchemy, Leo Burnett
"This book is essential reading for managers, team leaders, entrepreneurs, collaborators, and all who have the ability and opportunity to transform work and organizational life. The mindset shift Meyer describes that is the heart of this bookthe creation of Playspaceis a new leadership imperative to help people and organizations inspire lasting and meaningful change."Lisa Gundry, Ph.D., professor and director, The Center for Creativity and Innovation, DePaul University