Change is hard but does it need to be painful? What if there was a more intrinsically motivating and nourishing way to drive change?
'Play to Transform: How Your Inner Child Can Accelerate Change and Rehumanize Business,' published by Penguin Random House, is a book that challenges the traditional mindset of business leaders and encourages them to tap into their inner child to accelerate transformation with purpose. The book argues that we are all born creative geniuses with an innate ability to empathize deeply with others, but somewhere along the way, we have lost touch with these qualities. In the post-pandemic world, leaders need to be more empathetic and agile than ever before, and a conscious shift in mindset is required to achieve this.
Drawing on real-life examples, contemporary shift strategies and key implications for organizations, the book demonstrates how play can be used as a catalyst for transformation and innovation. By providing a psychologically safe and co-creative environment that normalizes failure, the book shows how organizations can encourage their employees to express themselves more freely and make the necessary shifts to embrace change and find harmony in chaos. The book challenges the myth that play is frivolous and cannot be used for serious work, offering a fresh perspective on how to conduct business with more heart and soul.
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Advance praise from Sam Pitroda, Telecom Inventor; Srini Pillay, Harvard Medical School, Professor; Brendan Boyle, Stanford Professor & Founder IDEO Play Labs; Harish Mariwala, Chairman Marico; RA Mashelkar, Padma Vibhushan Laureate, among other visionaries.
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Dr Avinash Jhangiani is author of 'Play to Transform', a leadership development coach, culture transformation specialist and seasoned design thinking and innovation consultant with more than 25 years of work experience in the USA and India with Deloitte, Reliance and Omnicom. He has served as the managing director and chief innovation officer of a global media company and the chief information officer of a large multinational company. At the forefront of driving disruptive innovation for global brands and businesses across industries, Jhangiani won the Deloitte CEO's Innovation Quest Award in the USA in 2006 for his idea on Enterprise Sustainability Services. Under his leadership at Omnicom, PHD Media won two Gold Lions at Cannes Lions in 2014-a historic moment for the Indian digital advertising industry. Recognized for brand and business innovation, Jhangiani has been featured in India's IMPACT Top 100 Digital List, IDG Top 100 CIO List and Top 20 'Exemplary' Mentor of change by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India.
As founder CEO and chief facilitator of Play2Transform Group, Jhangiani currently uses principles of human-centric design and play as a catalyst to accelerate change and foster new age mindsets with a culture of co-creation and innovation for organizations such as Amazon, HP, Essar Group, Deutsche Bank, LinkedIn, among others. He serves as expert faculty in leadership, design thinking, digital transformation and innovation at Emeritus' ISB and Wiley-IIM Lucknow Executive Education Programs, S.P. Jain, NMIMS, among others. His published works can be found in reputable publications like GBIS journal, WARC, Mint, Outlook Business, Economic Times, Business World, Silicon India, CIO Review, People Matters, among others. He curated India's first Book of Dreams, capturing over 10,000 children's visions of India's future, which now resides in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.