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Children Playing
Children Playing

I never cease to be amazed and delighted at the variety of work I get offered, and I’ve landed another fantastic gig. I’ve been invited to facilitate a bring your daughters and sons to work day for a financial services company.This is going to be pure excitement mixed with a dash of chaos,

All week the kids have been sending me cool facts about themselves. Favourite colour, favourite activities (annoying boys is in the lead at the moment!), and best things about school (Maths and Thinking Actively in a Social Context are both sounding good).

We’re going to play investment games. We’ll be visiting a market, making business cards, telling stories about what the mums and dads do and how it all fits together. There will be art stuff going on and the kids are going to have their own board meeting so they can tell us what good work should look like.

The kids are aged between 8 and 14 and I’d like to have plenty of things for them to do to keep the boredom at bay.

Can you help with this please?

What ideas and suggestions can you make that we could throw into the mix? Here’s your chance to pretend to be a kid again – grab that chance and chuck as much fun at me as you like. I need your ideas today please – what are you waiting for?

Photo c/o lrargerich

The serious business of fun

The past few days have been fun. Serious fun. Principally I blame two people for this, each of whom I met for the first time a few days ago. First in the dock is Nish Kotak, second up is cycling legend Chris Boardman.

Nish is MD of execellence, and he kindly invited me and several others interested in sustainable change, to an event last week. We listened with interest to the guest speaker, Emily Walker. Emily’s talk provoked a lively questions and answers session. A great debate full of agreement and constructive disagreement. Afterwards I spent some time talking with Nish and a colleague of his, Helen Pybus. What struck me about both of them, and the other people they introduced me to, was a serious sense of fun. I don’t mean clown suits or endless jokes. I mean a lively spark, a genuine sense of interest, and enjoyment. Enjoyment for the moment, for their business and for their clients and contacts. I left the event buzzing with excitement, what fun.

The following day I met Chris Boardman. As a keen cyclist this was a rare, exciting opportunity for me. Chris was with a few of us to talk about innovation and his part in leading the hugely successful technical team which supported our cyclist at the Beijing Olympics. What really fascinated me was the honesty with which Chris spoke about his transition from solo selfish focussed sporting superstar, to a visionary, exciting team leader. At the very essence of this transition were some really interesting things that Chris felt are essential when it comes to high performing teams. I list them here and will come back to these in more detail at a later date:

Value diversity
Clear Definition of Roles
Parked Egos
Share Praise

Chris illustrated this last essential, the glue that holds all the others together, with some great photos. His team have lots of fun and conceive, develop and deliver exciting sporting innovation and excellence. Their collective sense of fun was a major contributor to a huge haul of Olympic medals. Fun at the highest level.

Fast forward to last night and I was privileged to be catching up with two ex-colleagues. We spoke about times past and opportunities yet to come. Without exception, the reflection was all about the fun we had working together. Working to overcome challenges, deliver success, whatever, what mattered was the fun that made it memorable.

People often ask me how I manage to have so much fun in work. It’s my job. And I now realise that I’m connected to fun everywhere. It’s a serious business.