When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series a week ago, GM sales exec Rikk Wilde had the honor of presenting the World Series MVP trophy to Giants’ pitcher, Madison Bumgarner. The presentation was a mess. First of all GM bet on the wrong team winning, because their man Wilde is an avid Kansas City Royals […]

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Last weekend, as guests of my friends Marty and Shirley Newman, I was a featured storyteller at the first San Miguel International Storytelling Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I told a story about my father’s horses. You can count on horses as characters because they are perfect mirrors of humans. They reflect our […]

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When we started GameChangers in 2007, the phrase “gamechanger” was not in common usage. Beginning around 2009, I began getting phone calls and emails from friends telling me they’d heard us mentioned in the news. Or that, hey!, we were getting all kinds of free promotion for our brand! Everyone is using the phrase, in […]

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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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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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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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Excerpts from The Skate Whisperer a profile in Deadspin written by Lucy Madison of Olympic figure skating coach, Frank Carroll: “There’s a difference between being a coach and being a teacher,” Carroll told me in December. “Teaching involves being able to on-pass knowledge about how to do a skill; how to teach someone to use […]

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