Science of Play 20202021-02-16T21:36:19+00:00
Productivity & Play

Our PlayDuctivity™ Framework

We combine the expertise of Leadership Development, the dynamics of Experiential Learning, and the Science of Play to design services that inspire leaders, teams, and organizations to learn new skills and get better results.

Our PlayDuctivity™ Framework

We combine the expertise of Leadership Development, the dynamics of Experiential Learning, and the Science of Play to design services that inspire leaders, teams, and organizations to learn new skills and get better results.

Research Shows that Play…

94% of our participants agree that play helped accelerate their openness to learn something new!

Creates Ideal Learning Environments

  • 96% of our participants agree that play created a safe environment for them to try new skills.
  • Play creates an environment where teams and leaders are more willing to take risks, experiment, and learn from failure.(1)

Supports Creativity and Innovation

  • Play is a precursor to creativity! Playful team interactions can contribute to enhanced levels of team knowledge sharing and creativity.(2)
  • Play enhances leaders’ ability to be creative and promote ongoing innovation and organizational change.(2)
64% of participants reported being able to express thoughts without judgement!(1)

Research Shows that Play…

Creates Ideal Learning Environments

  • 96% of our participants agree that play created a safe environment for them to try new skills.
  • Play creates an environment where teams and leaders are more willing to take risks, experiment, and learn from failure.(1)

Supports Creativity and Innovation

  • Play is a precursor to creativity! Playful team interactions can contribute to enhanced levels of team knowledge sharing and creativity.(2)
  • Play enhances leaders’ ability to be creative and promote ongoing innovation and organizational change.(2)
85% of leaders gained more awareness & confidence making spontaneous decisions!(1)

Promotes Adaptability & Openness to Change

  • Play is a successful tool for coping effectively with continuous change and developing adaptability in leaders, teams, and organizations. (1)
  • Play has been associated with shifts and transformations at the emotional level of experience, including coping with ambiguity.(4)

Enhances Decision Making & Strategic Thinking

  • Play teaches leaders how to make better spontaneous decisions.(1)
  • Play has been associated with the generation of new insights including innovative strategy content and the facilitation of analogical reasoning.(4)
95% of our participants reported learning how to adapt to different communication styles!

Promotes Adaptability & Openness to Change

  • Play is a successful tool for coping effectively with continuous change and developing adaptability in leaders, teams, and organizations.(1)
  • Play has been associated with shifts and transformations at the emotional level of experience, including coping with ambiguity.(4)

Enhances Decision Making & Strategic Thinking

  • Play teaches leaders how to make better spontaneous decisions(1).
  • Play has been associated with the generation of new insights including innovative strategy content and the facilitation of analogical reasoning(4).
81% of participants reported learning more effective listening skills.(1)

Helps Managers Develop New Skills

  • Play gives managers the opportunity to experiment with different leadership styles, helping them develop an authentic leadership identity.(2)
  • Play-Based learning provides energy and engagement, making it more likely that managers will invest in their learning and practice new skills.(2)

Accelerates Collaboration & Team Performance

  • By bringing teams together through trust and mutual engagement, play can generate the collaborative, interdependent environment needed for successful goal achievement and organizational success.(3)
  • Play drives optimal organizational performance by increasing team creativity, communication, and team cohesion.(3)
Collaborating is the #1 most frequently reported behavior at ZIksana’s Workshops!.

Helps Managers Develop New Skills

  • Play gives managers the opportunity to experiment with different leadership styles, helping them develop an authentic leadership identity.(2)
  • Play-Based learning provides energy and engagement, making it more likely that managers will invest in their learning and practice new skills.(2)

Accelerates Collaboration & Team Performance

  • By bringing teams together through trust and mutual engagement, play can generate the collaborative, interdependent environment needed for successful goal achievement and organizational success.(3)
  • Play drives optimal organizational performance by increasing team creativity, communication, and team cohesion.(3)

Recommend Reading

  1. Tabaee, F. (2013). Effects of improvisation techniques in leadership development.
  2. Kark, R. (2011). Games managers play: Play as a form of leadership development. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10(3), 507-527.
  3. Cole, J. (2016). I’ve Got Your Back: Utilizing Improv as a Tool to Enhance Workplace Relationships.
  4. Statler, M., Heracleous, L., & Jacobs, C. D. (2011). Serious play as a practice of paradox. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 47(2), 236-256.