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This expert interview is with Melissa Dinwiddie, author of The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, and founder of Creative Sandbox Solutions. We talk about what led Melissa to write her book and found her company, creative play for team building, virtual team building, communication between cross-functional teams, and so much more.

Here are some of the times & topics covered in case you would like to jump to a specific part:

0:00 – Welcome & Introduction

1:58 – Melissa’s journey

11:00 – The first 3 guideposts

14:35 – How creative play helps teams

17:57 – Play example: cross-function teams communication

24:25 – Virtual team building

29:33 – A success story

35:08 – Tips for leadership

36:35 – Advice to your younger self

40:02 – Book recommendation

42:06 – Last thoughts

43:23 – Connecting with Melissa

Melissa’s Book:

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life –


Book Recommendation: