I love stories and storytelling. I’ve known since I was 8 or 9 years old that storytelling would be my life. And it has. For most of my working life, I’ve been paid to create stories. And when I’m not doing it for pay, I’m doing it for love. The great storyteller Ray Bradbury (whose home of […]

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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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The Third GameChangers Principle is that there are infinite games. Simply put, there is no situation, scenario, or engagement for which a productive game cannot be designed. A good illustration of this came to me in my Facebook feed this morning, via Henk van der Steen, a brilliant improviser friend from Amsterdam. He posted this […]

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The second principle of GameChangers is that game is infinite. By this we mean that a good game has infinite capacity to  “unfold, unfurl and evolve” (in the parlance of the great improvisation teacher, David Razowsky) so that through the playing of the game we can generate lots of productive outcomes. What we’re really saying when […]

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From my presentation of a paper on the relationship between Big Data and Story; 2013 Quantum Storytelling Conference; Inn of the Arts, Las Cruces, NM With gratitude to John Godfrey Saxe for the concept Six Scientists and the Dataset It was six Men of Science All with advanced degrees Who crunched a massive Dataset (For […]

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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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In an Oct. 2013 post in Wired, Joshua Davis (@JoshuaDavisNow) describes the remarkable teaching techniques of Sergio Juárez Correa, a grade school teacher in Matamoros, an impoverished Mexican city of half a million across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Inspired by the work of TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at […]

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What is improvisation? Improvisation is nature’s way of producing favorable outcomes by responding to the environment with adaptive behaviors. Why is it important to business? 71% of leadership decisions are made spontaneously in response to a changing environment.* These decisions account, on average, for 40% of a company’s revenue.* No other area of business that […]

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