Ep#24 | Transform through Play
when did you stop playing?
Jeff Harry believes that there’s nothing quite like watching a Senior Executive screaming with delight while skipping after a tiny LEGO® car. As the VP of Fun at Play-Well TEKnologies, he and his team show kids and adults how to tap into their true selves-feel their happiest and most fulfilled - all by playing with tiny LEGO® pieces.
Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. It turns out that giving people permission to be really silly helps them be more productive, learn faster and love their work. His play work has been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle and CNN.
Jeff understands that, while we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grown-ups, when we can let go of that facade and just play, magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius - whatever that is - gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.
The Ways to Play according to Jeff:
Finding Your Inner Genius Through Play - Creative Mornings
Play-Well Team Building Workshops
Bringing Together Communities Through Play - International Rescue Committee
I must admit having this interview with Jeff brought out the child in me :) I was just so fascinated how he sees the world and I got to imagine it too when we were talking. A place where one can be playful while doing the work that matters. When one can show authenticity and childishness and be productive at that - imagine a stress less environment. I'd love that!
Jeff shared a tip that might be interesting to try: Start a meeting by playing.
From there, in a relaxed environment, with minds at hyperactive and happiness that they got from playing - deeper discussions will develop. On a serious note though, Jeff also reiterates the importance of taking a closer look at your organization - how does working makes you feel, does it inspire you and give you joy or are you just driven by fear?
We cant play and have fear at the same time
Create unity through play
See the world as a playground
Everything is possible
If you want to change someone's mindset, change their experience
Play is anything that you do that you forget time
Figure out your zone of genius
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