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Gamify Your Team

Learn gaming skills to boost your performance, by Jane McGonigal.

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Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal

World-renowned Game Designer, New York Times Bestselling Author

Gamify Your Team
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Overview

Jane McGonigal, a researcher and video game designer, argues that games are not a waste of time. In fact, she says, “we need to look at what games are doing for gamers, the skills that we’re developing, the relationships that we’re forming, the heroic qualities that we get to practice every time we play.”

What are these types of skills and how can they help us enhance our performance? According to McGonigal, they include resilience, perseverance, grit, determination, epic ambition, and collaboration.


What You'll Learn

  • How to incorporate gaming to the workplace

  • How to use gaming to train real-life skills

  • How to trick your brain for more free time


Course Outline

​EP 1: Bring the Power of Play to the Workplace

Jane McGonigal, a researcher and video game designer, argues that games are not a waste of time. In fact, she says, “we need to look at what games are doing for gamers, the skills that we’re developing, the relationships that we’re forming, the heroic qualities that we get to practice every time we play.”


EP 2: Create Ownership: Help Your Team Enter a Challenge Mindset 

While some say that games are escapist, video game designer Jane McGonigal sees them as training for real life. In fact, we can use the “gamer way of thinking” to increase employee motivation at work: If you want self-motivated employees, she says, allow them to take on challenges of their own choosing, just as a gamer would do when ”opting in” to a hero’s journey.


Ep 3: Engage Your Team Through Gaming 

Why are gamers so obsessed? Because playing gives people a sense of purpose, and winning them makes them feel heroic. In this module, McGonigal walks you through the ways in which gaming can lead to positive outcomes in the workplace. By the end of it, you may just want to integrate gaming into your break space design or your next corporate retreat!


EP 4: Trick Your Brain for More Free Time

When we believe we have more time to accomplish our goals we are more likely to make healthy choices that help us spend more time on the things that matter to us. Thankfully, there are all kinds of things we can do to change how our brain processes time so that we believe time is more available to us. In this lesson, Jane McGonigal, creator of the “Time Rich” game, shows us how.


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Episodes

3 Episodes

1. Bring the Power of Play to the Workplace

8min

Jane McGonigal, a researcher and video game designer, argues that games are not a waste of time. In fact, she says, “we need to look at what games are doing for gamers, the skills that we’re developing, the relationships that we’re forming, the heroic qualities that we get to practice every time we play.”What are these types of skills and how can they help us enhance our performance? According to McGonigal, they include resilience, perseverance, grit, determination, epic ambition, and collaboration. In this lesson, she teaches you how to bring the power of play to your team.Cultivate a state of playIt’s OK to play: A playful work environment will bolster optimism, enhance mental and physical energy, and facilitate learning.Think like a game designerCreate challenges that will pique curiosity, encourage knowledge sharing, and support flexible strategizing.Build in ways to make challenges incrementally easier for mentees, but also impose obstacles to stoke creativity and promote ...

2. Create Ownership: Help Your Team Enter a Challenge Mindset

3min

While some say that games are escapist, video game designer Jane McGonigal sees them as training for real life. In fact, we can use the “gamer way of thinking” to increase employee motivation at work: If you want self-motivated employees, she says, allow them to take on challenges of their own choosing, just as a gamer would do when”opting in” to a hero’s journey.Challenge Mindset: A mindset that can only come about when you feel in control of a challengeAllow others to opt into challengesLetting people set their own goals will minimize one’s threat mindset.

3. Engage Your Team Through Gaming

2min

Too often in adult life, reality and wild abandon don’t mix – and that, says game designer Jane McGonigal, is a problem. Despite McGonigal’s evangelical assertions that video games can change the world, “people kept saying, ‘Yeah, but it’s just a waste of time. Shouldn’t we be doing something more productive than avenging some Angry Birds?’”More than half of Americans play video games, and McGonigal believes the rest of us should practice what joystick virtuosos know instinctively: that there’s a difference between having a good time and wasting time. Just ask World of Warcraft fans, who have collectively written a quarter of a million wiki articles on the art of WoW.Why are gamers so obsessed? Because playing gives people a sense of purpose, and winning them makes them feel heroic. “There’s this kind of transfer of our confidence, of our creativity, of our ambition” from game-playing “to our real lives” says McGonigal. And there are organizational benefits as well: s...

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