Ways We Work and Fantasy Football for Your Sales Team: This Week on #BLPLearn

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#BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too.

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THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES

Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles:

Ways We Work
Submitted by Jackie Crofts, Multimedia Developer 

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration when you’re constantly working on different projects. I came across the site Ways We Work that chooses designers, programmers, and other types of creatives to interview about their processes.

Reading about why people do what they love and how they do it can be one of the most inspirational and informative things to do. They always ask the same questions to each person they interview, and reading the different perspectives is really interesting. They also ask for each person’s top five applications/tools that they can’t live without, so it’s a fantastic resource for finding the best ways of doing work from people who are keeping up with trends in their fields. Enjoy!

Ways We Work

Fantasy Football Articles
Submitted by Matt Kroeger, Senior Multimedia Developer 

I miss fantasy football. So when I was looking for a link to share, I thought about the similarities between sales and fantasy sports: data analysis, research, unpredictability, resource management, etc.

To that end, I have two links that use the fantasy sports model. The first (Fantasy Sales Team) is a program that turns a company into a pool of “players” who earn points/badges/etc. based on designated sales metrics. A salesperson can then draft from that pool and field a team (including themselves) that uses real-life sales performance to compete against other teams. It seems like this is used primarily for sales contests, but by making it based both on individual and team performance, reps should be engaged for the entire duration rather than at the start. How would you feel to be a part of a system like this? Would you feel extra-motivated to perform?

Fantasy Sales Team

The second link is much more simplified but focuses on a primary aspect of fantasy football: the draft. Students draft news-worthy countries and are tasked with keeping up with their “team” in real life to earn points. The rules encourage students to study up on their countries as much as possible — to learn about them in order to earn points — and if they realize a country isn’t as valuable, they can swap it out for another that hasn’t been “drafted” by another classmate. Do you think this is an effective learning solution? How could we use this for our work?

Fantasy Geopolitics