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The Building Blocks

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Mike MacDermant

on 9 September 2013

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The Building Blocks to a Great Employee by Mike MacDermant
When I was young I used to play with blocks. I would build large cityscapes and towers that dwarfed even me, using my bed as a ladder to climb my blocks up an up, ever skyward. The job was never done. When ever I was complete, I would go back an improve upon what I had done. This may sound like a useless fact about myself, but the repercussions of my style of play will make me an excellent employee!
Why is this important?
According to Tom Bartlett of the Chronicle of Higher Education, we need play to become well adjusted adults. "We need to push back against the notion that education happens only when students are seated at their desks, staring at chalkboards, and scribbling furiously in their notebooks." Play as been show to reduce stress, increase social competency, as well as improve working memory and self regulation. Psychiatrist Stuart Brown, MD has written extensively on the benefit of play for adults, and states how a little bit of play can go a long way in terms of productivity and happiness.
-Tartakovsky, M. (2012). The Importance of Play for Adults. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 8, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/11/15/the-importance-of-play-for-adults/
-BARTLETT, T. (2011). The Case for Play. Chronicle Of Higher Education, 57(25), B6-B9
Alright... so what's YOUR story?
Playing with building blocks suggests a specific type of play defined as "object play". According to The National Institute for Play, object play is the manipulation of objects, and develops richer brain circuitry, and the manipulation of objects has been proven to lead to effective adult problem-solving. This relation between object play and overall competency has engaged scientists to begin research in corporate work readiness, citing a correlation between lack of object play with a decline in complex problem solving in challenging work settings.
-Frank Wilson, (1999) The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture (Vintage)
-Rick Stephens, Elane V. Scott, Workforce Readiness, the Boeing Corporation
So what does this mean for us?
The creativity of the object play I displayed as a child shows a play personality type known as "The Artist/Creator". The artist finds joy in making things, fixing things, decorating, and working with his or her hands. This is the sort of joy and creativity I can bring to this industry. My professional projects display creativity and and a pride in building something to the very best standards, and works in conjunction with my constant improvements and ability to effectively problem solve creative endeavors.
Rubin, G. (2011, March 11th). Quiz: What's Your Personality Type -- For Play?. Psychology Today, Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201103/quiz-whats-your-personality-type-play. - See more at: http://reffor.us/index.php#sthash.oH3R66jf.dpuf
In conclusion...
My play style and personality suggest an employee who is considerably creative, with attention to detail. It proves I can adapt to situations with effective problem solving. I find joy in the creative process, and show a pride in my work that only a fellow block builder could display...
So when do I start?
Thank you for your time!
Now let's build something amazing together!
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