Gabe Zichermann is the foremost expert on designing for engagement as well as helping organizations and individuals achieve balance in their relationships to technology, each other and the world. Gabe has worked with major governments, Fortune 500s and startups to help them maximize positive engagement. He is also the author of three books on the subject of engagement, including the widely beloved Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill), and the engagement design bible, Gamification by Design.
According to Gabe, one consistent theme in his life has been taking professional risks. While this has come with some awesome successes, it has also come with many many (many) failures. When facing the closure of his latest venture, Gabe started asking the question: “If failure is such a good teacher why does no one teach you how to fail?”
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The day Apple announced a product called Screen Time, Gabe’s startup, Onward, fell apart. In the process of coming to accept the reality of his situation, Gabe questioned the reality of failure: Having had 2 successful exits and 3 failures, why wasn’t this getting any easier for him? Put another way:
If failure is the best teacher, why does no one teach you how to fail better?
Exploring the topic of failure led Gabe down a very interesting path, weaving together his personal experience as an entrepreneur with an understanding of behavioral psychology, game theory and organizational development.
Today, Gabe is dedicated to helping audiences come to terms with their failures and using it as a way to push them forward instead of setting them back.
Technology has profoundly improved our lives while also creating completely new challenges for engagement, productivity and wellness. Modern apps and devices are driving an explosion in addictive and distracting behaviors whose major workplace impacts are starting to be felt across all sectors, and by employees at all career/life stages. Learn the best practices used by leading organizations to give people control over their distracted brains and improve productivity, satisfaction and happiness. Discover how technology holds the key to both the problem of distraction and its cure as well as what breakthrough approaches have been successful across industries and the world. Explore the workplace and employee of the future when we’ve achieved tech-life balance.
Employees are more distracted than ever due to increased workplace demands and our always-on tech culture. At the same time, organizational technology and processes are designed to assume a “captive” audience of compliant workers when today’s most valuable team members are expected to be highly autonomous, independent and entrepreneurial. Set against this backdrop, smart organizations are using the power of games to bridge the gap between the 20th and 21st century workforce, using gamification and engaging technology to drive learning, teamwork, productivity and recruitment to new heights. In this talk, you’ll learn the secrets of driving sustained employee engagement and how gamification can transform your organization to be ready for the future based on examples, neuroscience, and practical data.
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