Training & Development’s Modern Warfare
It’s a fantastic thing! Bringing game theory to the table for workplace learning is brilliant and beautiful. For those who still think it may not be an appropriate paradigm — you are not living in the real world. We are already playing. We all know who the corner office camper is — lying in wait to sabotage the next change effort. We all know who Political Sally is, doing her best to take the credit for work her team has done.
So what is gamification? This is the process of taking gaming elements and incorporating them into areas of business, such as marketing techniques, a website, or online community to create more engagement, loyalty, and participation. Gamification adds competition, points, achievements, status, rules of play, and other game mechanics to business, whether to encourage customers to engage more or to improve day-to-day operations. While gamification is generally used to get customers to participate with your brand more, it can also be used to help you move up in your business, work more efficiently and effectively, and allow you to level-up. This is a new and unique concent in the business world that can greatly and positively improve your business or you career as a whole.
The only thing really missing is the means to take them out so we can effectively level up. That and we can’t throw ourselves on top of the meeting agenda and kill off our ability to have to participate in a round of plodding project meetings that we know will be unsuccessful time burners. If only the “easy button” would allow us to regenerate, regroup, and start over with the knowledge of what obstacles to avoid — give that immediate do-over once we’ve learned where all the IEDs are located. And yes, if we can’t hack it, we can always rage-quit and walk away. Replicating this in the learning environment may just give us the satisfaction we need — especially if we’re learning the skills we’ll really need to work better as a team, strategize a way forward, communicate under pressure, get deadlines met, achieve successful project completion, and maybe see some advancement or promotion. I say “game on!”
For your own reconnaissance:
- The Gamification of Business
- Gamification Research from Wharton
- Is Gamification Just a Fad?
- The Psychology Behind Learning
At Management Possible®, we have created a variety of leadership training and development programs that can not only help managers becomes better leaders and help their business thrive, but our programs can also help employees improve themselves and make themselves more attractive as potential leaders. Be sure to check out our leadership programs to find the one that can help you level up and get in the game. Contact us with any questions you may have.
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