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Gamifiying Goodness: Reversing the Stanford Prison Experiment

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http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/06/can_we_reverse_the_stanford_pr.html

It is pretty rare to come across a news story and immediately say "I have to do that!!!"

This is certainly one of those. The story doesn't mention gamification per se.... but it seems to be where it's going.

I love this!!

The lesson here is to create a culture that immediately and sincerely celebrates victories. Here are three simple ways to begin:

1. Start your next staff meeting with five minutes on the question: "What has gone right since our last meeting?" Have each person acknowledge someone else's achievement in a concrete, sincere way. Done right, this very small question can begin to shift the conversation.

2. Take two minutes every day to try to catch someone doing the right thing. It is the fastest and most positive way for the people around you to learn when they are getting it right.

3. Create a virtual community board where employees, partners and even customers can share what they are grateful for daily. Sounds idealistic?

Adam, you're getting more Agile all the time. Incremental, continuous improvement is where it's at:)

Well, except that:

1. I don't believe in staff meetings.

2. I don't believe in taking two minutes to catch people doing the right thing. It takes as long as it takes.

3. I don't believe in virtual communities. I believe in communities.

About your third point - Hmmm, really? Aren't we a virtual community here on PandaWhale which is also a community, in real life (by virtue of some members interacting and living in some proximity.) My take on the virtual community board mentioned in the article is a wiki or a collaborative environment powered by the web that everyone in the community can access to share their gratitude, which is a great idea in theory at least.

I like to think that one of the facets of PandaWhale is a true community, virtual or otherwise.

We could start a gratitude thread...

There are many gratitude threads: http://pandawhale.com/ifindkarma/gratitude

My point is that creating a community has nothing to do with whether it's virtual or not. The word virtual is unnecessary; what matters is the community.

Yup, I need to revisit the gratitude threads. Great suggestion.

Point taken - agreed. Thanks, Adam! I love PandaWhale, the awesome community on the web.

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