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I love leadership, laughs (and yes) libations.  I also love learning.  Although I've been in leadership roles for over 30 years, I love talking to leaders that are in the trenches and learning what works, what doesn't and what I can do differently.

This podcast is for everyone out there that is working to lead better, get more done and leave a legacy.  Leading others is a deliberative act and we can always get better.

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May 21, 2018

Did you know that there are 98 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day?  That's the "official" Summer season here in the United States (I'm making sure I clarify that for my international listeners).  This Summer, I have declared the Summer of Play!  It's an effort to forget the mess, leave the stress and have a summer that is more fun.  You can get more info on the Summer of Play HERE!

On that site, you can sign up to be a part of the celebration and will also get (FOR FREE) a "100 Ways in 98 Days" play guide.  Check it out and join in!

To help with the celebration, this week's guest, Erica Swiatek, shares with us how to incorporate play into our leadership and teams.  She is the Play Goddess and was SO MUCH FUN to interview!  We talk about easy things you can do to incorporate play into the workday, how play enhances teamwork, and some of the science of what happens when play is used as a tool to enhance learning.  It's a fun interview and I know you'll get a lot from it!  Enjoy!

More on Erica...

Erica blends her expertise in the fields of innovation, learning and development and playfulness to create accelerated activities, courses and programs. These courses give individuals and teams the tools and skills that transform their meetings, problem solving skills and team.

She has several years of experience working with large call centers and health insurance companies. She has helped companies revamp systems, programs and processes to be more efficient and effective.  Her work in learning and development has also led to publishing an article on how playfulness impacts learning in the Big Questions of Creativity book.

Erica’s work in the field of play also includes owning an escape room called 3600 Escape.  An escape room is an adventure game where participants find clues, solve puzzles to escape the room or accomplish a task. She has also combined this experience with a debrief or preference indicator’s such as Myers-Briggs or FourSight.

Erica graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. Her passion for the program led to becoming an adjunct faculty at the school where she teaches Creative Problem Solving classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Connect with her on her website HERE!