Category: Rants

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Honesty and Transparency

Today I have been reminded about the importance of Honesty and Transparency when dealing with people. If I ask a question from someone who is in a service industry, what I hope for is an honest and transparent answer. What you often get is a baffling set of half-truths and...

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Shipping, Fantasy vs Reality and the Dark Tetrad

I recently discovered a really strange phenomenon called Shipping. This is the creation of fantasy relationships between celebrities that may have been in films together or on TV together. For instance there are a group who call themselves Damie Shippers. They have created a fantasy world where Jamie Dornan and...

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4 Ways Extrinsic rewards bit me in the ass

Not long ago I wrote about my daughters school and their usage of certificates to incentivise reading. The idea is that if a child reads a certain amount each half term, they can get a bronze, silver or gold certificate. As you may remember, I have spent a lot of...

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Generation Y all the Fuss?

There is a lot of noise about Generation Y or Millennial’s, those born after 1982. They are seen as some kind of strange new evolution of the species, the saviours of our universe. One of the key things that is spoken about when they are mentioned is that they grew...

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How do you deal with being wrong?

Not really a gamification related post today, though it could pertain to the gamification community! It happens to us all at some point. Someone says something, you see something, read something, hear something – whatever – but it shakes the foundations of something you knew in your hear was correct....

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Critisism – well a rant really.

This is a rant – you will find no insight here.. Move along… I’ve written about criticism in the past, but wanted to bring it up again just for fun. A couple of days ago, I received some criticism. Nothing to major, but for some reason it really set me...

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Gamification: Novelty is not enough

Recently the following video has been doing the rounds. It shows a great idea to get people to stop at crossings when the red light shows. The idea is that rather than a boring red man stood there you get a real time animation of someone dancing in a booth...

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Indirect Incentives: Good or Bad in Gamification?

First things first, what do you think of the new blog theme? Playing with the Hueman theme to see how it goes. I have also removed a large number of poppy uppy things! Recently I heard an interesting idea on how to indirectly incentivise employees to do a particular voluntary...

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Just rewarding activity is not gamification: stop it!

I have promised in the past not to write about the dangers of extrinsic rewards anymore. However, can’t stand reading about gamification being a failure anymore, when the articles proclaiming this almost always start with “gamification is about awarding points, or physical rewards to people for doing dull tasks”. No...

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Gamification is sh1t. Let’s make it better.

I thought that might get your attention. Excuse the contrived use of the 1 in shit there as well, firewalls can be so jumpy about certain words. Now back to my point. Gamification, in far too many cases right now,  is indeed shit. I am not saying gamification itself is...

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Losing the game of life

I was thinking how depressing life is recently. Hear me out! We are an evolved species, we can think and act for ourselves. We have reached a point where we no longer have to hunt for food or build our own shelters (unless we choose to or in certain cases...