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I thought you all might enjoy this short article from CIO Insight:

 

http://www.cioinsight.com/article2/0,1397,1741937,00.asp

 

It's a brief interview with John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade, authors of the book Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever.

 

The authors suggest that employees of the "gamer generation" (roughly ages 15 to 35) have a surprisingly sophisticated set of skills and abilities, and need to be managed differently than their older colleagues. They're also convinced gamers are natural leaders.

 

The books sounds interesting; I've added it to my "look-for" library.

 

EDIT: Here's the Amazon link

 

-j

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Here's an article that shows some positive aspects of being a Gamer:

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/business/technology/11616646.htm

 

I forwarded it to my boss, to counter some of the flak I received when I took vacation for Halo 2.

 

Has anyone read the book cited in the article? Got Game: How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever,'' by John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade.

 

 

 

Carlos.

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Thanks, Jay. Apparently "attention to detail" is not a video-game honed trait. :confused: (Or maybe I just need to step up my gaming a notch)

 

You know, I noticed something about my son Matt and gaming. He plays baseball, but I wouldn't call him a "leader" on his team. A few years back, I went with him as a chaperone to a "ropes" course, where students have to work together to solve objectives (sort of like obstacle courses), and he didn't take the lead at all. Despite having many good ideas on how to proceed, he just wouldn't speak up.

 

But now, when I watch him play Halo with his friends, he's a born leader, giving directions and assigning roles in the team based games. His friends call on him for what to do next. So I can definitely see how this will serve as a confidence booster, making him more confident in taking the lead in real-world situations.

 

Carlos.

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Thanks, Jay. Apparently "attention to detail" is not a video-game honed trait. :confused: (Or maybe I just need to step up my gaming a notch)

 

Yes, I prescribe more gaming. Take two Live games and call me in the morning.

 

Has anyone checked out this book yet? It's still in my bookmarks folder for books I want to check out, but I didn't get to it yet.

 

A few years back, I went with him as a chaperone to a "ropes" course, where students have to work together to solve objectives (sort of like obstacle courses), and he didn't take the lead at all ... But now, when I watch him play Halo with his friends, he's a born leader, giving directions and assigning roles in the team based games.

 

That sounds like a Leadership Reaction Course. They can be fun, revealing and instructive. Maybe you two can try it again and see if his approach is different now.

 

We usually hear about how games improve problem-solving, but it seems to me that what you observe in your son playing Halo might be a growing benefit that comes with the social aspects of gaming that could become more pronounced with online gaming and LAN play.

 

-j

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Well, as it turns out, I'm due to present the "diversity moment" at our team meeting today. I think this topic fits the bill, so I'll quote from it in order to enlighten my colleagues, and my boss' boss, who will be in attendance.

 

I'll let you know how it goes.

 

 

Carlos.

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Cool outcome! This morning when I got to work, I had an email from my Boss' boss asking me which console I recommend. :)

 

I showed it to my colleagues who had laughed at me for playing games.

 

The response looked something like this:

:jaw :jaw :jaw

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos.

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