Imperfect Action

Imperfect Action

096: Gary Ware, Jeff Harry, and Stefan Bramble: A Seriously Fun Business Conversation About Play

June 13, 2020

Can we have a serious business conversation about play? About fun and job? Compassion and accountability? Vulnerability and authenticity? Business culture and leadership? Absolutely. Three previous guests – Gary Ware, Jeff Harry, and Stefan Bramble – return and I try to manage the chaos. This is one of my favorite episodes and I think you’ll love it too. Let’s play bigger, do better, and move the world!
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Gary Ware, Strategic Play Consultant
Gary Ware, the Founder of Breakthrough Play is one of the most sought-after Corporate Facilitators with nearly a decade of experience a performer in improv theatre. He assists teams with unlocking creativity, confidence, and sparks collaboration with experiential methods proven to drive peak performance.

Gary spent a decade in the corporate world and originally pursued improv to master public speaking. He quickly discovered that combining improv and play could be a powerful solution to achieve various business challenges. Naturally, he created workshops for his team and other executives in his network to deepen relationships and improve creativity. Gary became obsessed on learning how to use play as a transformational tool and as a result, happily transitioned from marketing to pursue facilitation full time in the Spring of 2018.

When Gary isn’t leading workshops and keynote speaking, you can find him learning magic or off an adventure with his wife Courtney and son Garrett.

Connect with Gary:
Twitter: @BreakthruPlay

Download: Garys_Favorite_Games

Jeff Harry, Positive Psychology Coach, Speaker, Play Wizard
Jeff Harry shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing.  Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. His play work has been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN. While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it’s when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens.  Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.  Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our inner child, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world.

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Stefan Bramble, Director of Brazen, Facilitator, and Fun Guy
Who is this Stefan Guy?
The youngest son of 4 boys, Stefan has been learning to manipulate people’s emotions from before he could walk. As a student he developed a keen interest in drama, comedy, science, phycology and superheros. This combination of course lead him to graduate Monash university with a degree in performing arts and a grad dip in education, where he went on to teach bored kids how to actually get excited about their education.