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How to Make Games and Influence People: Leading Your Team Effectively and Healthily

Jennifer Hazel  (Doctor, Executive Director, CheckPoint Organisation)

Location: Room 2009, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Being a leader is hard work. As well as the obvious demands of resource management, deadlines and delegation, team leaders also become responsible for the stresses and atmosphere of the entire team. Indeed, the ability to validate and contain these anxieties is vital to the health of that team, and when it is done well, it improves motivation, productivity and output. Using evidence based information, CheckPoint founder Dr. Jennifer Hazel will cover models of workplace psychology, educate on how to contain team stress, and discuss interpersonal communication skills and conflict management for indies and mid-sized studios in the games industry. With this knowledge, team leaders will understand better how to maximize their own health, the environment in the workplace, and will see the tangible effects this can have on game quality.


Attendees will learn the skills and techniques necessary to manage team stress while remaining healthy. They will feel empowered to influence and mold workplace culture, and will have an understanding of how to effectively communicate and manage interpersonal conflicts, improving the team environment.

Intended Audience

Team leaders and others who are in a position of responsibility over other people in their workplace.