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Stephen Gillett: Play World of Warcraft

Scientists, game theorists, and other researchers say multiplayer virtual games can teach players leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage innovation. For Gillett, EVP of Digital Ventures at Starbucks and a top guild master—one of the highest ranks attainable in the Warcraft hierarchy—the game has been a lesson in effective decision-making. As he told Wired in a 2006 interview, "I used to worry about not having what I needed to get a job done. Now I think of it like a quest; by being willing to improvise I can usually find the people and resources I need to accomplish the task."