Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Evan Hu and his team from Knelf. A 2014 Calgary startup, the folks at Knelf have a vision – the workplace as a safe and trusting place, and they have started on their mission by developing a highly entertaining game. At the Calgary Institute of Performance and Learning event last night, 20 of us played the game and got a little closer as we shared a few vulnerabilities.
Do you make your bed every morning?
The game challenges you to guess your opponent’s answers to fun and revealing questions, developed in partnership with psychologists and based on the science of the six major dimensions of personality. (One team member is a PhD student working with Dr. Kibeom Lee of the University of Calgary. You can read more about their Hexaco personality tool here.)
Have you ever had a near-death experience?
For now it is a lot of fun to banter with your colleagues – the event last night generated a lot of laughter, and then I brought it home I shared it with my millennial daughter and a friend. They are hooked.
But Evan Hu’s bigger vision is to develop a tool organizations can use to improve team cohesiveness and foster engagement in the workplace. The ethical and practical challenges are interesting and Evan is taking them on with a board of advisors which includes Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain that Changes Itself.
You can download a preliminary version of Knelf from the Apple Store to play with, and stay tuned for enhancements and upgrades as they continue to develop this interesting tool.