4 Leadership Lessons from Pokemon GO
In just one week after its' launch, Pokemon GO became a massive, worldwide hit. Integrating augmented virtual reality and the GPS technology, it is a new breed of Pokemon mobile game that you can play right in the neighbourhood in front of you. Wired Magazine observed that, due to the game being the top most-downloaded app on the play store, one can say that more people are catching Pokemon than dates on Tinder.
So what do people do with all the Pokemon they manage to catch? Pokemon can be put to battle, levelled-up, be taught new tricks, and ultimately, be evolved to a stronger version. Some of these "evolutions" mirrors our animal kingdom - the Pokemon Caterpie, for example, undergoes a transformation journey similar to that of a real-life caterpillar. What else can be observed from a Pokemon trainer's life that's applicable to our career transformation journey?
- All of us evolve. At all stages of lives, each of us discover new skills, new possibilities and opportunities that would allow us to grow. Although in video games this "level-up" happens albeit automatically, in real-life, often times one must choose whether he/she would let an experience level one up, or the other way around.
- We "battle" each other for experience. Although the concept of "battle" may be translated and perceived differently in different culture, it is inevitable that in life one would encounter people that would sharpen him/her, shape, and define the traits and values that one has. As this is defined by "XP" or experience points in most role-playing games, again, it is up to each individual to allow those "XP" to pile up as experience which will eventually level one up - or to pile them as negative thoughts (disappointment, fear of failure, etc.) that will keep one at that level. The choice is entirely up to each of us!
- Each of us has our "types". Pokemon are elemental creatures, each has a specific attack pattern based on their elemental strength. For example, you can't win a fight with a "water-type" Pokemon using a "fire-type" one. On the other hand, using "electricity" type of attack on "water-type" Pokemon would cause severe damage. Nerd-speak aside, I believe one can already see how this obvious observation is applied to one's daily life - Know one's type, know one's strength: Know how to win. :)
- We're stronger together. As a Pokemon trainer, knowing that there are elements that defines each Pokemon, it's always wise to have at least one strong Pokemon representing each elements - making the trainer always battle ready. Each Pokemon would eventually prove its' use, depending on the area of the battle and the elemental type of the adversary they encounter. In building a team, based on my personal experience, I've come to learn that the more diverse the team, the more innovative and creative the outcome would result in. Never undermine diversity.
Those are my take on life and career, observing Pokemon GO. What are the live lessons you can observe from your point of view? Share your thoughts in the comments below! :)
One more thing: A simple Google search would bring many interesting stories on unexpected "close encounters" people discover during their Pokemon GO sessions. Earlier this week, a French man was arrested for trespassing an Indonesian military base in West Java during one of his Pokemon GO-infused jogging session. The previous week, a girl from Wyoming discovered a dead body. She stumbled upon her discovery floating on water as she was looking for a water-type Pokemon from a "natural water source". Perhaps this will be a continuing trend as yet early this week another dead body was discovered.