I confess. I have a bias against work. I mean that I prefer leisure to being in the office. And I know that I am not alone. That is why the word “work” conveys a different emotional slug than the word “play”.
There has been lots of talk recently about changing this. Work and play could be more similar. Or at least we can bring more aspects of play into work. That is what drives the “gamification” idea, seeking to bring about more engagement.
But there is more to this than just the work setting and work culture. It is about “us” too. As Ray Bradbury pointed out in his book “Zen in the Art of Writing”, we have to be clear eyed about whether we love what we do. I believe that this is not something that you just either feel or not. It is the result of nurturing. That is what “strategic learning” is all about! Join the adventure!