The Importance of Investing In People — Part 1

There’s an old office joke that goes like this:
CFO asks CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?”
CEO: “ What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

While it’s funny, it’s also incredibly true. Most of us intrinsically know that it’s important to invest in our employees, but we don’t often talk about why. Let’s break it down.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO INVEST IN YOUR TEAM?

1. It Shows You Care. Genuinely caring about your employees is underrated in business. It can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing…


So You Want to Get Into the Game Industry

People often tell me they want to get into the game industry, but they don’t have any experience, so they’re afraid to apply. I always reply with a version of the following:

“We all have experience. Don’t think you have none.” You have relevant experience — it’s all about how you frame and present it to your potential employer. This is how I recommend making your case if you want to get into the game industry:

Start with What You Have Done. Many of the skills your current job requires are relevant in the game industry. Do you code? Build…


Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

Delegating is one of the most important things you can do as a leader. It not only guarantees that your employees (and hence your business) continue to grow and thrive, but it also mitigates the company’s risk level. Not many people have a “Hit by a Bus” manual, so what happens if you leave the company or need to step away for several weeks, and all that important information lives only in your head? Spoiler Alert: nothing good.

Still, it can be tempting to do everything yourself. Why?

  1. You know how you want it done.
  2. It doesn’t feel like you…

Communicating… Like a Boss

Communication is the key to any relationship. We often talk about how important communication is when it comes to friendships, romantic relationships, and family dynamics. It’s just as important to have great communication skills with our work partners — in fact, our livelihoods depend on it. So, why not put more emphasis on our interpersonal dynamics? Here are seven essential communication skills to help you at communicating like a boss:

1. Be Open and Honest. This should go without saying, but tell the truth. Being honest creates trust, and without trust you have nothing but a disjointed team. Also, be…


Embracing the Selfish Buddha

Unless you’re a narcissist, you probably believe it’s good to give. And it is. The problem is, there’s a stigma to being selfish in this world — and that can become a real Catch-22. So, how do you navigate taking care of yourself and taking care of others? Here are 4 tips that will help you find balance:

1. Destigmatize the Word Selfish. The word selfish has become the new “S Word.” One of the last ways we want to be described is selfish, so we spend a lot of time giving away our time, our money, and even our…


Finding the Golden Nugget

Creativity can be like throwing spaghetti against the wall. Sometimes it sticks and sometimes it doesn’t — and there are a number of reasons it might not. Sure, it may not be at the perfect al dente yet, but (if you’ll allow me to leave the pasta metaphor behind) it could also be that your idea isn’t quite right for the project, the timing is off, it’s too expensive, or myriad other reasons. What do you do with a really good idea that doesn’t fit?

It hurts to leave an idea behind, especially if you know it’s a good one…


The Power-Up of Positivity

6 Ways to Fill Up Your Emotional Health Bar

Positivity is powerful. I’m not talking about false optimism or looking at life through rose-colored glasses. I mean the practice of positivity — learning to see your life in a more beneficial way, that in turn allowing you to live in a more worthwhile way. Let us begin the power-up of positivity. Here are six things you can do to start building a more positive lifestyle:

1. Morning Affirmations. Start your morning off by saying and thinking positive things. I’m not saying everything magically turns into rainbows…


Min-Maxing in Leadership

Playing to People’s Strengths While Growing Their Dump Stat

In gaming, it can be advantageous to maximize your character’s strengths while minimizing their weaknesses. In life, however, it can be more dangerous to ignore important traits that need development. So what do you do when one of your team members is high in Constitution, but low in Wisdom? Or overflowing with Intelligence, but short on Charisma? Ready to learn min-maxing in leadership? Here are 3 tips to set your team up for success:

1. Get to Know Your Teammates. Spend time finding out what each member of…


Here are 8 tips for what to do after you lose your job from my own personal experience:

Game Over, Man! … Or An Extra Life

So, you’ve lost your job. Now what?

Losing your job can feel like the end of the world, but it doesn’t have to. Here’s a list of steps you can take to help you gain a 1UP after you’ve been let go:

1. Don’t Panic. I know it’s easier said than done, but take some advice from the Hitchhiker’s Guide and “Don’t Panic.” The gaming industry is a highly volatile one and it’s likely…


Here are 5 tips for working abroad from my own personal experience:

So you want to be a World Warrior?

My work in the gaming industry has allowed me to live in six different countries: Canada, the United States, India, Malta, Poland and the Netherlands. (Possibly seven, if you count my extended vacation in Costa Rica, due to the current travel restrictions.) During my career, I’ve learned quite a lot about moving and adapting to new places. If you’ve always dreamed of being a World Warrior yourself, here are five tips on how to do it:

1. Apply for the…

Christopher Mifsud

I have 20+ years of experience leading creative product development teams, spanning multiple technological disciplines with top-tier companies.

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