Working papers

Get Back in the Sandbox: Teaching CEOs how to Play (2012)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Play therapy as a means of individual reinvention"

This working paper explores the role of play in human creativity. The author argues that the proclivity to play remains an essential part of our make-up throughout our life and that we should make greater efforts to retain play as a mode of learning and the source of creative production. In this context, he explores the role of play at work and the association between play and “flow”— our periods of peak productivity. Finally, he takes the example of an adult educational leadership program that uses organizational play therapy as a means of individual reinvention.

INSEAD Working Paper, 2012

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