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A Thinking Culture: The Foundations of Success for 'CSR Racing 2'

Julian Widdows (Vice President, Games, NaturalMotion)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Tutorials: N/A

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Launched in 2016 NaturalMotion's 'CSR Racing 2' is the leading racing game on mobile. In this session, Julian Widdows, Vice President of NaturalMotion, will explain how the team's results are a product of a systematic approach to culture and talent engagement. Covering their unique approach to culture, engagement, ownership, inclusivity, and talent health, the session will look at how putting people-first has delivered benchmark results for NaturalMotion. This talk will cover themes including organizational health, neuroscience, psychometric models, "The Thinking Environment", and how the underlying theory is put into practice every week in the studio. This organizational model, replicated in whole or in part, can significantly improve talent engagement, health, and performance in any team or business.


Attendees will come away with a detailed understanding of the unique elements that make up the CSR2 team's culture, including the components of The Thinking Environment, how they work to create engagement and results; and how you systematically hire the right talent, and make them successful.

Intended Audience

The target audience is largely general managers, producers, team leaders, business owners, studio heads, and HR leaders. Basically, anyone who values thinking about culture, and how the right cultures can mean happy and engaged talent, deliver amazing business results, in an ethical, supportive, and responsible way.