On the precipice of a six week long training stint of training the exact same course again and again, I have ‘urgent optimism’. That is what happens to ‘gamers’ when facing a major challenge – a win or lose moment where they truly believe that with intense, singular focus and attention, this time they will win! This is exactly what’s happening to me. Not that it’s a win or lose moment, it’s just a big, big challenge and I’ve decided to make it the most fun challenge of my career by making it a game.
After watching TED talks by Jane McGonigal, an online gaming expert from the Institute for the Future, I decided to follow her advice and create a game around my upcoming challenge. Over the next six weeks, I am embarking on a training stint, where I will be training the exact same course six weeks in a row. Even though this course is one of my favourites in the assortment of courses that I cover, I recognise from the onset that it is going to be difficult to keep up my energy and enthusiasm for six straight weeks in a row. According to McGonigal, by creating a game I will naturally instil a sense of adventure and higher levels of optimism, creativity and determination that may not be there without the addition of the game. Additionally, recent research conducted by Gartner, an IT research and advisory company, states that gamification has become a significant business trend in recent years. They suggest that using gaming principles, designs and approaches in a non-gaming context, gamification results in higher employee and customer engagement and increases skills and innovation. This is exactly what I am aiming to do with my Game.
Let the Game begin! [Read more…]