Looking to build innovation, strengthen organizational culture, and develop greater confidence? Try play. Seriously. Play builds empathy, sparks creativity, and allows deeper reflection and learning. Why would we not integrate it into our workday?
Speaking with CEOs, executive coaches, and leaders across a variety of industries, Mary Hendra explores what “play” can look like in professional spaces, its impact on us and our organizations, and how to integrate a little play ourselves to build more compassionate and creative workplaces.
Summer Session Bash: Pushing Into Curiosity
The final bash of summer should give inspiration and release - and in the case of play, we find that with curiosity and one of its most passionate advocates, Scott Shigeoka. Even beyond play in professional spaces, Scott seeks to make the curiosity that transforms political structures more accessible, more playful, more joyful.
Scott Shigeoka is an internationally recognized curiosity expert, speaker, and the author of SEEK: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World. He is known for translating research into strategies that promote positive well-being and connected relationships around the globe, including at the UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and through his groundbreaking courses at the University of Texas at Austin. Scott implements his curiosity practices in the public sector, Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood, media organizations, education institutions, and small businesses.
Learn more about Seek: https://seekthebook.com/
Summer Session: Keeping Play Accessible
How do you keep play accessible? It can be through physically keeping something close, through the questions we ask ourselves, or through verbal and visual cues we notice during the work day.
Featuring Past Guests:
Garry RidgeKathy Klotz-GuestRuksana HussainNeville Billimoria
Summer Session: Making Meetings Better
Meetings are such a ubiquitous part of work - and often one of the spaces that can feel energy-draining. What if that wasn’t the case? The clips in this episode of “Summer Session” specifically highlight ways to make meetings better. After all, there is so much potential when people gather. Why waste that time and space?
Featuring past guests (along with the offerings they share):
Natalie Nixon - a free chapter of her book The Creativity LeapJocelyn Brady - Tiny Tips on YouTubeMark Collard - a database of ideas on Playmeo Amy Climer - 30d free trial of her famous Climer Cards virtual deckDave Mastronardi - Gamestorming protocols for all your work woes
Summer Session: Connection
A recurring theme on Lead with a dash of Play is how play can build connections. In the second episode of this summer session on how to play, hear highlights from guests’ suggestions on how to build connection with play in small ways that can be incorporated every day.
Featuring past guests:
Paul SanbarJay GuilfordAnnette MasonMichelle Li Bridget Quigg
Check out their full episodes for more inspiration.
Summer Session: Discover Your Play
Play helps us be authentic - to actually be seen more truly by others. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to play. In the first of this summer session on play, we listen to some entry ways to start to play for yourself - storytelling, physically moving, giving yourself a challenge or creating the space for others to problem-solve.
Featuring past guests (in this order):
Jeff Harry Van Lai Du-Mone Neel Doshi Mike Ganino Gary Ware
Check out their full episodes from Season Two.
Season 2: What have I Learned about Leading with Play?
A second bonus episode for season two. I’ve had the pleasure of being a guest on several podcasts myself during this season, sharing in part what I’ve learned doing the Lead with a dash of Play podcast. This bonus episode shares some clips from the Ways We Learn podcast in which I was interviewed by Sean Dagony-Clark and Joe Burgess
Listen to the full conversation on the Ways We Learn podcast, episode here.
So glad I found this podcast!
Mary covers such great topics. All of what I’ve heard here is so relevant and I love the idea of creating professional environments where play is prioritized. She is a fantastic interviewer so the podcast is fun and easy to listen to.
cant believe this is new!
mary has a stong podcast and i terview style thats easy to listen to
looking forward to hearing more
@schulmanArt host of The Inspiration Place podcast and author of the book Artpreneur
Following along and enjoying your podcast! Info applies to our classrooms, too. 🌍💕