At the WPO conference on May 6, 2017, the keynote speaker was Jane McGonigal
The Engagement Economy. She is from game and research development for Institute of the Future.
Her talk this morning was about gaming and its use in the workforce. Although many employees use company resources to play games, gaming itself benefits all since there is a part of the brain that fires up and keeps it active and engaged. It develops super empowered, hopeful individuals.
She concludes that the opposite of work is not play, but depression.
The challenge for employers is to take these people and make them empowered at work.
She said that Pokemon Go energized players and when applied to a business context teaches us that:
Here is a fun exercise for all you women Entrepreneurs!
We know we call :
A shrewdness of apes
A congregation of alligators
A cauldron of bats
A sloth or sleuth of bears
A gang or an obstinacy of buffalo
a clowder, clutter, pounce, dout, nuisance, glorying, or a glare of cats
An army of caterpillars
Larvae of Craesus septentrionalis, a sawfly showing 6 pairs of pro-legs
A caravan of camels
A coalition of cheetahs
A murder of crows
A cowardice of dogs
A pod of dolphins
A convocation of eagles
A parade of elephants
A business of ferrets
A tower of giraffes
A flamboyance of flamingos
A bloat, or a thunder of hippopotamuses
A smack of jellyfish
A troop or mob of kangaroos
A conspiracy of lemurs
A troop or barrel of monkeys
A romp, a family, or a raft of otters
A prickle of porcupines
An unkindness of ravens
A colony or warren of rabbits
A crash of rhinoceroses
A dray or scurry of squirrels
An ambush or streak of tigers
A rafter, gang, or posse of turkeys
A venue of vultures
A wisdom of wombats
A zeal of zebras
Here are some more reflections from the WPO conference on May 4, 2017 from keynote speaker, Shawn Achor
I was always told it is very hard to break a habit. Listen to “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor on the TED talk:
“Scientifically, happiness is a choice,” Achor says. He explains that research has shown you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practicing simple happiness exercises every day for three weeks.
He says you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practicing simple happiness exercises.
And within 30 days, those habits change the neuropath ways of our brains and turn us into lifelong optimists.
It has been a while since I wrote. Last week I was at the Annual Women Presidents Organization annual conference and was once again blown away at the energy this conference generates in its members.
I met people from at least 8 countries and shared experiences, let some random cartoonist do a caricature of me, threw on some silly accessories and posed with Ed and Juli Betwee, our Chapter Chair, and even danced.
Three excellent key note speakers: I particularly liked Shawn Achor on the Happiness Advantage and the youngest keynote speaker Maya Penn. It is worth a listen:
Members of our family have started a project to erect a school building in the village of Pennathur (known as Kilpennathur) in South India. Presently the classes are being held under trees in mostly blazing hot weather.
Many children bicycle 10 to 20 miles to get to school! The government provides the students with uniforms and a midday meal. We were told that roughly a third of graduates go to college and a third get jobs.
My cousin Ramesh Sekar has been spearheading this effort with help from my sister Usha Krish. I am glad we were able to raise money to make this important work possible!
The building started early this year
I was heartened to note that the roof went up this week! Hooray…
We hope to open this facility by the end of 2016.
It has been an amazing journey to come to Abu Dhabi. We landed on August 19th night in Dubai and were whisked away on the 20th at 9 am to Abu Dhabi by Author and Columnist Pranay Gupte, http://www.pranaygupte.com, for an audience with His Highness Sheikh Nahyan.
We got to Abu Dhabi around 11.15 am and were met by His Royal Highness’s secretary, who else but “Mohammad”. Got seated at 11.30 and I was given the seat of honor to the right of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan.
I expected to spend 20 minutes with His Highness and ended up talking with him for over 3.5 hours! As it turned out there were 40 people in the room whom he had to see and other than greeting them officially, he spent the whole time discussing issues with me. I was blown away. I didn’t want to overstay my welcome, but Pranay kept telling me to hang in there as long as he didn’t finish with me, and I did!
I had understood that lunch was planned to be “Ladies Only”, with Her Highness and her three daughters (Sheikhas). Plans changed unexpectedly. Instead, after prayers attended by the male invitees, I was invited to enter the banquet room and was again seated next to HH Sheikh Nahyan. I was a bit taken aback when I realized I was the only female in the room. He personally filled my plate and asked that they bring a “vegetarian” plate for him as well.
During the lunch I listened attentively to everything – how the Cleveland Clinic had set up a major hospital in Abu Dhabi in 90 days and performed the first heart transplant, then about how they hoped to have a lot more women in administrative ranks in the Government and where they were heading with the plans for the future. India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Modi had just been there the prior weekend to address an audience of over 30,000 people. I listened as HH talked fondly of that meeting and welcomed me as both an Indian and as an American!
When it was my turn to talk, I asked if he would like me to send a proposal on further enhancing women’s status in UAE and how I entered the entrepreneurial ranks, balancing the two very diverse cultures of East and West. He asked me to send the proposal to him and he would personally look into getting it to the right source.
After lunch we all went back to the main hall where he held court. I was seated to his right and my husband Edward Messerly sat next to me. Tea of different flavors and coffee were served. He had the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic of Dubai on the other side of him and a Bollywood actor called Vikram Singh sat next to Edward. I proudly introduced the subject of WPO, its accomplishment and how enabling it has been in my growth internationally.
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