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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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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Our ERGO communication training system is based on improvisational game structure. Because ERGO is participatory, generative and adaptive, it can produce business outcomes at a scale, and at a level of complexity required in a networked communication environment.  There’s an old street saying, “Game recognizes game.” That’s one way of putting it, but it’s it’s […]

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The Fourth Principle of GameChangers is that Game Explores Theme. The way we we ensure outcomes that matter when we design an ERGO (game) is through the conscious exploration of a Theme. A theme is a guiding idea. A good theme is both expansive and specific. It is the glue that holds together a narrative, as […]

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The technical dexterity of your tilt-a-whirl tongue is truly stupendous Your ruby lips beneath the empty pools of your intelligently-framed and magnified big blue eyes blow bubbles oh so fine That I fall into the foaming brine of your brilliant multi-lingual truthiness And that I don’t understand a word of what you’re saying and none […]

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There’s a lot of buzz in business about storytelling, and unprecedented demand for storytelling expertise. People are discovering Joseph Campbell, Jungian archetypes, world building, Bettelheim, Pixar’s process, and other storytelling and cinematic motifs, and applying them to leadership and brand narratives. Because the environment in which stories come to life and get shared has changed, the practice of storytelling […]

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LeaderCast produced a sketch buzzing around the webz that’s funny because it’s true. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out, it’ll leaven our mutual conference call pain with humor: We’ve all been on this call more often that we’d like to be. I have seen people juggling two conference calls at once–one on […]

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I got back to L.A. yesterday from Singapore, flew straight out of that fevered dream of an island nation into a national holiday, and this, my meditation on the man for whom the day is named: Always subvert the status quo. Where there is racism, rectify it.  Where there is violence, pacify it. Where there […]

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