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  • The Playful Entrepreneur

  • How to Adapt and Thrive in Uncertain Times
  • By: Mark Dodgson, David M. Gann
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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The Playful Entrepreneur

By: Mark Dodgson,David M. Gann
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
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Summary

A compelling account of how incorporating play into work can help us overcome the uncertainty and turbulence that surrounds work.   

How can we learn to deal with uncertainty at work? The answer, as Dodgson and Gann eloquently portray in this pathfinding audiobook, is to learn from the adaptive behaviors of entrepreneurs. Play, the authors show, is a crucial component of this. It encourages exploration, experimentation, and curiosity, while it also challenges established practices and orthodoxies. It facilitates change in people and organizations.    

Drawing on in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs and innovators, this audiobook explains why we should incorporate play into work, what play looks like, and how to encourage playfulness in individuals and organizations.  

Dodgson and Gann identify four key behaviors that endorse, encourage, and guide play: grace, craft, fortitude, and ambition, and they provide a blueprint for an alternative way of working that fosters resilience and encourages innovation and growth in difficult times.  

©2018 Mark Dodgson and David M. Gann (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Joena lor
  • 16-10-18

Boring book for a playful title

the reader voice is so boring, found myself falling a sleep with in 5 mins of the book every time. teaching nothing but saying being playful at work gives creative I do not reccomend buying this book. a waste of 1 coin.

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  • Maikush
  • 22-10-18

Fairly good

Although this book is not an eye opening experience , there are some chapters that really give you some things to think about it .....

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  • Danielle Brandon
  • 03-02-22

Not what I expected

This book is more of a history lesson than an actual guide. The stories were interesting, but there is no guidance on how you can apply it to your business. I just thought they were going to talk about how they can be used today or even give exercises to do.
When you read the book title and look at the title, you definitely think it's going to be an interesting read and that you're going to use new skills that you can apply now. That's not the case here. It's more like they tell you of entrepreneurs that used play to build their companies. More like a documentary I guess?
Also, the narrator sounds like a robot. There's just no playfulness or joy in their reading at all. I honestly speed up the pace of the book just so I could get through it sooner.
I wouldn't recommend this book if your looking for ways to expand your business. I would only recommend it if your the type that gets inspired by other entrepreneur stories. I would buy a physical copy though because you might fall asleep listening.

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  • monica
  • 25-11-18

Great narriation, Good read!

Love it!
The examples used were very educational and I could relate to them. Great.

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  • Chelsea
  • 12-04-22

Terrible choice of voice acting

I cant tell you how many times I dozed off or got distracted while trying to listen to this book. For PLAYFUL Entrepreneur, you guys sure got the most boring voice actor possible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-22

Playful?

The title does not indicate the kind of book this is. There is only one story in the book where I found playful connotations that had anything to do with company culture. The rest of the stories were a narrow-angled approach to philanthropy for certain social issues in certain social circles and how the entrepreneurs are "changing the world" to fit their standards. The subtitle, "How to adapt and thrive in uncertain times," had nothing to do with managing a business or creating a playful culture. In fact, there isn't much to do with adaptation and thriving in this book at all, It's more or less about how certain entrepreneurs use their wealth to promote the social changes they deem worthy. Not a business book.