On Thursday January 25th, Dr. Shirley Disseler, a leading educator from High Point University presented “How to Unlock Your Creativity through Play” to the Swerve audience. Shirley’s presentation was informative, interactive, and fun! The participants played with legos, built pyramids from solo cups, and sketched their fellow Swerve members. There was much to take away from this event, and below are some highlights.
Creativity is #1
Did you know that “creativity is the most crucial factor for future success in business?” This fact from the IBM’s 2010 global study of CEO’s revealed that companies are looking for this trait when hiring. Dr. Disseler and her team at High Point University have built on this study to develop educational methods for unlocking creativity in both children and adults. It is great to know that creativity and play are valued in business. Creative individuals have much to offer in this area, and are well served to lead business and drive positive outcomes and results.
Clear your mind and focus
Taking a break from the everyday grind to pick up a rubik’s cube, play a game, or take a walk, is the key to clearing your head in order to perform at a higher level. Play triggers endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals. This “endorphin rush” releases stress, and allows one to look at tasks from a calm state of being.
The Power of Play In The Workplace
Stressful work environments squash creativity and can cause the best team members to lose interest. A negative environment can result in higher costs for the company, due to turn over and frequently training new employees. By incorporating play into the work space, leaders can reduce the overall stress level of the company. Happy team members, equals higher profits. Shirley led Swerve attendees in numerous interactive play sessions to demonstrate how this works. A few play examples include:
- Cooperative Play
- Risk Taking Play
- Constructive Play
- Exploratory Play
- Narrative Play and Story Telling
- Physical Play
The use of Play in the workplace as a planning tool, reflection tool, or stress reliever provides a signal to employees that “against the grain creativity” is encouraged!
Many thanks to Shirley for sharing her time and knowledge with everyone at Swerve. She and her team at HPU are making major strides in America’s education system and addressing the creativity crisis the country faces today. You can follow her on social media to learn more about her work and mission!
Dr. Shirley Disseler’s Linkedin and Instagram – @legolady6
What’s happening in February?
The next Swerve event will feature how to approach e-commerce for your business. Guest speaker, Daryl Shaw, will share how to effectively sell products online, and offer strategies for creating an online store.