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Difference as Resource [Chance] Enspiral Principle

By changing your viewpoint to see differences as resources, you totally change group dynamics for the better. Yesterday evening nudged by my lovely wife, Jean Russell, I went to the: Enspiral Immersive Workshop :: Making Groups Work + Organising without Bosses [Link is to the event happening tomorrow Wednesday 23rd at the Impact Hub in Oakland. Do yourself a favor and go.] …

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Learn How To Play From Your Kids!

Still glowing from the warmth of the SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley #SITsv which happened last Saturday. It hit me especially, when I got to my community engagement slide, where I show a map of all of the SAP Inside Tracks happening all over the world and realizing, yes that is one of the legacies my work helped create. I am …

Don’t like Politics? Change it!

Optional background music: Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel especially these lines: Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon Going to the candidates debate Laugh about it, shout about it When you’ve got to choose Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose This song is over 50 years old and unfortunately truer than ever. We believe that our …

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Playful @ Work at SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley #sitSV

Some friends on this picture to the left nudged me to present at the SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley #sitSV happening on the 12th of September at the Hana House in Palo Alto. It is a Saturday, which guarantees that only really dedicated people will come, which makes the discussions and hallway conversations much more engaging. For work/life balance take …

Is Gamification the Fast Food of Community Engagement?

In a tweet last week, my old boss at SAP, Mark Yolton, who is now leading Digital at Cisco, challenged the SAP Mentors and me to analyze Cisco’s gamification efforts. What they have done looks very promising. Before I get into it, I would like to first share what I learned when I stumbled into gamification years before that term …

Broomsters to the Chalk Art?

This weekend there is an amazing Italian Street Painting Art festival going on in San Rafael. They started yesterday evening and I talked to one of the artists. She recommended to come on Sunday evening before 10 PM as then the art will be the best. Why before 10 PM? Because then the street sweeper will drive through and take …

My Notes: 2015 State of Community Management Research by Community Roundtable

A couple of notes on the excellent 2015 State of Community Management research results by the good folks of the Community Roundtable. They collected input earlier this year from 206 of their member company communities. If you are running a community external or internal and want to have the finger on the pulse of the latest community management developments you owe …

Playful @ Work: Business Cards

When I tell people that I am bringing playfulness to enterprises, their faces light up. They ask me to come to their workplace to make it more enjoyable. I feel honored and on the right track, alas I can’t be everywhere. You can be where you are though. Who is stopping you from being more playful at work? Today, I …

Playfulness and Trust go Hand in Hand

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke “Any sufficiently advanced work is indistinguishable from play.” – Seb Paquet Having a bit of distance from the SAP Mentors, I realize how much of the strong connection and bond between us was created through an environment of trust and play. They go hand in hand. Let me …

June 19th Playcamp Keynote: Playfulness Connects the Enterprise

The other day I met Luke Hohmann the CEO of Conteneo. They are developing collaboration tools that use play elements to lead to a better outcomes for example for the San Jose city budget. I shard with him what I have been doing with the SAP Mentors and my thoughts around what difference playfulness can make in the enterprise. He liked it my …