I had often wondered why Robin Williams seemed more and more forlorn every time I saw him perform over the past few years. He was like a magician who’d finished his act and wanted to leave the party, but the guests demanded more tricks, and he, a gentleman, obliged. Oh he still had it. Ideas […]

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In Fast Company Elizabeth Hyde Stevens talks to people who worked for Jim Henson about his leadership behaviors, which she contrasts with Steve Jobs’ leadership practices. You can jump to it here. To sum it up, Henson was an agile communicator. Here’s the GameChangers summary of Henson’s leadership: 1. He used “Yes and” to build on the […]

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In Part One of this post, we shared an observation made in 1982 by the actor Barnard Hughes, on the set of the motion picture, Tron, that in the digital world, everything is remembered, nothing is forgotten. We defined it in scientific terms as Barney’s Law: Memory expands to fill a network. Here in Part […]

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My first job in the entertainment business was working on the feature film, Tron, as its publicist and author of the book The Art of Tron. It was a gamechanging experience for many reasons. This is about one of those reasons. One of my responsibilities was to interview the stars of the film for feature […]

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There are four types of time to consider when building your business narrative: CHRONOLOGICAL time. The name for this type of time comes from a Greek word for time, “chronos.” The Greeks named a god, Chronos, for this type of time. You know about this time. It’s the dominant time frame of the industrialized world. It […]

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When I was in fifth grade, a couple of high school boys in our small town of Ireland, Indiana, would spend their afternoons “laying patches” on the blacktop road outside our classroom. The large wall of windows facing the road provided a panoramic view of their Chevy Impala, geared super low for precisely this purpose, […]

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You and I would be hard pressed to come up with something we do well today that we didn’t suck at when we’d first begun. Doesn’t matter what it is—riding a bike, playing an instrument or writing a press release–the time between suckitude and expertise can be an awkward interlude. Often there’s pain involved. We […]

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I first noticed it in a trendy Hollywood bar in the early 1990s: A room full of people singing a song and not one of them making eye contact with anyone else in the room. They were all looking at the karaoke screen. Their connection was the screen. The machine. It didn’t matter whether they […]

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