Tobias at Vita Design Museum in Basel

Work as play and companies as the playgrounds

April 09, 20231 min read

Observing my parents as a child I picked up this idea of working for money.

I often experienced from them a level of dissatisfaction and complaint around their work, which resulted in me framing work as something cumbersome and filled with unpleasant struggle.

In short the concept of working for money resulted in a level of suffering. In my view it was based on a lacking alignment between their work and their larger life purpose - a sense of alienation.

Since 2019 I’ve been exploring this idea of work as vehicle for self-actualisation. It’s beautiful.

In Design Thinking we often speak about approaching problems with „beginners eyes“, as if we’re seeing it for the first time. This makes business problems fun, exciting and playful by inviting new ways of thinking. There is a sense of adventure, which for me inspires and gives me access to large reservoirs of energy.

Companies to me are playgrounds for adults and business is the game - it‘s the vehicle to build the version of reality we can imagine in our most beautiful dreams.

As such companies are the containers to facilitate growth and evolution of the individual, based on the company-specific boundary conditions. At times we outgrow companies and it’s time to move on, to make space for someone else to develop themself.

The relationship is mutual. As the company provides opportunities for transformation and development, equally each and everyone who ever worked on/in the company transforms the structure/organisation itself. Its a remarkably beautiful co-creation process.

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

Tobias Hofmeister

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

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I am a certified HRV and peak experience coach. I use bio-feedback technology, in particular heart rate variability (HRV), to enable people to find their flow states, regain health and live peak experience lives. A background in sustainable energy engineering coupled with a passion for spiritual modalities and energy in a broader context has led me to an approach that merges cognitive understanding with embodied experiences. I practices Buddhism and have presented my research globally, among others at MIT in Boston and the DRS conference on Future-focussed thinking.

When I look at the world I see unique connections between people, places and ideas. To me the world is an interconnected, holistic system - the oneness of self and environment.

Over the years and have met thousands of people in heart to heart dialogues when travelling over 50 countries, earning degrees from four universities, publishing a dozen academic papers, presenting my research at international conferences and working for world leading sustainability and digital research organisations.

I have been a contributor to House of Beautiful Business, Mindvalley, Evercoach and other initiatives cultivating new ways of working, fostering entrepreneurial mindsets and creating work cultures and environments that celebrate the whole human being. I view business as a vehicle for self-actualisation and believe that when done from a place of love and compassion that it holds the potential for healing our world.

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