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For the Alliance!

I find it fascinating that leadership principles found in Multipliers make a significant appearance in my initial experience with World of Warcraft (WoW). The first leadership concept of a multiplier is that of being a magnet for talent. This talent magnet concept is coupled with practices such as looking for talent everywhere, finding natural genius, engage individuals to the fullest, and removing roadblocks. Granted, WoW makes explicit the natural abilities of a character. But leaders can and do recognize those elements which are unique to a specific character (mage, warrior, priest, etc.) that benefit a team or quest and capitalize on that knowledge. I quickly realized in the two hours I spen with the game that I would not make it too far without the help of others. Taking on a few Kobold Tunnellers all at once would kill me. I find it clever on Blizzard’s part to introduce collaboration so early on in the game.

I want to be a multiplier by recruiting my fellow cadre members not only to enhance my overall action research project but to hone how they might best benefit and grow from their own experience in the program.

It is excitig to see games mimic real life leadership and complex social situations. Or is it real life that mimics games? There is truly an art to crafting engaging and educational games.

On a side note, I have asked my brother tough questions to get at the heart of why he dedicates so much time to WoW. His most compelling answer always centers around growth, achievement, and leveling up. He enjoys profession and becoming.

Recruiting Decisions

A week or two ago I pitched the idea of building a branching scenario to the sales team at EnticeLabs to help HR  think through their decisions, offer suggestions as to why TalentSeekr is a better alternative, and free up time for the sales guys.  Although the pitch was successful the company opted to pursue quick videos addressing the pressing issues.  An interactive, decision based, feedback rich scenario based on concepts from Engaging Learning would have been something new and exciting and would lend itself well to reflection on what HR is currently doing as far as recruiting goes.

When the idea is created the name may be TalentSeekr Top Talent Challenge.  You are given a challenge to recruit a specific type of position and the traditional methods used are presented as choices along with TalentSeekr.  As you try recruiting through the various methods you are presented with context specific feedback so financial decision makers are given financial feedback whereas recruiters are given recruiting specific feedback.

Because of my involvement with the elearning community I may build this out on my own just to add to the portfolio.  I was pleased to see the positive response from sales when I pitched the concept.  Just trying to deliver unique value to an exciting start-up.

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