This afternoon I had the pleasure to meet Izzy Gesell. An Organizational Alchemist with a great experise in Improvisation. He makes things simple and accessible, like you can see in the video below. We spoke about the (apparent) tension between planning and improvisation, innovation and comfort, and knowing and doing. He notices that more and more organization are familiar with the principles of improvisation and play, endorse these principles, but find it difficult to implement them in their everyday work. Like with all innovative processes, it takes leadership to change behavior even when you know that the outcome is an improvement. There is however a exciting flow in the leadership development landscape with concepts like gamification, improvisation, theory U, etc. that contribute to the acceptance of play in professional environments.
We’re now looking to find new business cases that can be used as best practices to take this flow to the next level. You can help with this by writing about these, or bringing me in contact with organizations who had success or failure in creating playful environments.