On September 21, 2007, Thomas A. Debrowski, Mattel’s executive vice president for worldwide operations, met with Chinese product safety chief, Li Changjiang, in a scene of extraordinary interest to the global business community. The scene had been initiated by Mattel five weeks earlier, when the U. S.-based company began a series of re-calls of what […]

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Dave Spafford, who along with James Baxter, Glenn Keane and Andreas Dejas, is one of the best pencil-and-paper animators in the world, is a genius with his hands. For a friend’s recent birthday, he made a slot car track — complete with controls, cars and scenery — that unfolded out of a large suitcase. He […]

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This past weekend, we shot the video that I’ll use to color up my in-person presentations — 31 vignettes illustrating principles from my book, GameChangers — Improvisation for Business in the Networked World, which goes on sale in December. The location was the low-slung school of coolness at USC known as the Institute for Multimedia […]

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