I’ll give you an example from one of the two things I know best about teaching — aikido, the japanese martial art.
Aikido involves some quite intricate throws and grappling moves.
It’s a great way to introduce some exercise into the workday and it releases fun-inducing endorphins which reduce stress, improve health and make people happier. Our Engagement Engine Workbook is an interactive guide to help you find your fun, promote your values and culture, and create a tidal wave of behavioural change on all levels.
This is not just a moral position, but a scientific one too.
66% more people than normal chose the stairs over the escalator.
This just goes to show that fun can change the way people behave in a situation that would otherwise be a chore.
Hubspot’s CEO has a small rooftop terrace where the team gathers for beers after work. The gamified elements in the LMS boosted engagement and supercharged learning throughout the company.
Brian, the CEO, believes that these meetings led to the company’s success. The last quarter of the following year was the most successful in Hendrick’s 40-year history. Fun, pleasure, excitement – call it what you will, the essential ingredient in any training endeavour is .
Sometimes this helps, but sometimes it just digs us further into our rut.
The way out of the rut is to re-focus on experiencing again.