Games for High Impact Performance

We are experiencing a crisis of Leadership in South Africa. In a study quoted at the Business of Design in May, for a research project undertaken in sub saharan Africa, 57% of employees are not engaged and 33% are actively disengaged. That means that we have only an engagement rate of 10% of employees at work. 

According to an article in the Mail & Guardian this month, "South Africa is stressed out and suicidal". We have 21 South Africans committing suicide every day with 20x more South Africans attempting but failing to take their lives. We have the 7th highest rate of suicide in the world and in a recent study conducted by Bloomberg we are the second most stressed-out nation in the world, following Nigeria. 

This clearly shows an epidemic of Overseriousness. The symptoms of Overseriousness are disengagement, cynicism, fear of failure, lowered quality of output (mediocre work) and an increased focus on overbureaucratisation, more building of systems and processes to attempt to control the environment. 

We live in a world where Volatility is no longer symptomatic, but systemic. With markets growing and changing exponentially and levels of complexity rising, the environments we operate in are now inherently environments of uncertainty; part of what is now our new DNA. And for that we need new systems of being and leading. The beauty of design thinking is that it is a response to a world of uncertainty. It encourages us to experiment and play, to iterate and prototype not to over-invest in one solution. 

Designs wingman is Play.

Play gets us out of Overseriouness immediately. Play increases your confidence, your creativity, your sense of mastery and purpose, your attention and your levels of engagement. It is an urgent and necessary requirement to build into our new ways of leading today if we want to break our current crisis in leadership and our immanent epidemic of Overseriousness.

Helps one address challenges around engagement, accountability and change. 



If you are experiencing an increasing Overseriousness in your team. For managers wanting to re-engage their teams and heighten the sense of connection, collaboration and creativity.



This workshop is aimed at those wanting to develop a high level of engagement in the teams they lead. If you are looking to inject a fresh burst of energy into your team, this is the process for you.  




We have designed and developed a playkit for managers to play with their teams to help re-engage them. The toolkit has been created to focus on different times in the day when different mindsets are required. This 2 hour workshop takes managers through the games that can be used as tipping points during the day. Each delegate leaves with a detailed playkit of how to play the 3 min games with their teams. This is an intensive and highly practical session to equip managers to re-engage employees. 



Greater Team Engagement

> Playkit for managers to use with their teams. 

> Increased sense of Connection and Collaboration

> Heightened Awareness and Focus



3hr masterclass