From Workplace to Playspace. Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement

  • ID: 1382975
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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 book the creation of Playspace is 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

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List of Figures and Tables.



1. Workplace to Playspace: A New Mindset for Success.

Reclaiming play as a key dynamic for organizational success and creating space for all to develop their capacities for innovating, learning and changing.

2. Playspace Is Relational Space.

By developing relational intelligence and tapping the power of the relational space organizations are innovating, learning and changing by engaging and expanding social and relational networks.

3. Playspace Is Generative Space.

Organizations that consistently engage their generative core make space for the intrinsic motivation and passion.

4. Playspace Is Safe Space.

Innovating, learning and changing can be risky, uncomfortable and disorienting processes. Playspace is safe for fresh perspectives, new discoveries, and positive change.

5. Playspace Is Timeful Space.

Organizations and workgroups that negotiate the demands of the clock and make playspace for the possibilities available in the present moment create timeful space.

6. Playspace Is Provocative Space.

Provocative space stretches our familiar ways of thinking, being, and doing.

7. Sustaining Playspace.

Recurring themes and best practices of organizations that consistently bring playspace to life in their organizations.

Epilogue: Living the Questions.

Playspace lives in the questions and thrives on continued discovery.


The Author.



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Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., is founder and president of Meyer Creativity Associates. She teaches at DePaul University where she is also a Faculty Fellow at both the Center to Advance Education for Adults and the Center for Creativity and Innovation at the College of Commerce and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Meyer speaks and consults internationally.

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