Weird. Based on something said in a conversation I had this morning with Alistair Cockburn, author of the landmark book, Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game, I was going to write a post about the old cliche, glass half-empty or half-full? And then later today this quote by Mark Cuban appeared in my LinkedIn feed: […]

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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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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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Replacing Cody LaPlante, who’d held the title of Youngest GameChanger since November, 2007, when at the age of 6 he spontaneously joined a game of Thunderdome at a workshop in Reno, Lucas DeVries, age approximately 7 months, took the title  last week when he joined our session on Quantum Storytelling at the SIETAR (Society for […]

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First of all, big thanks to our friend and associate, Rasul Sha’ir, and a blog post on the Cnvrgnc website, for prompting this notion. Background: Rasul knows damn well I don’t like the word “consumer.” I insist on calling a brand’s universe of possible purchasers “customers,” because what’s most important to the people who buy […]

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Eleven years ago, Len Forkas, the CEO of Milestone Communications, got the most devastating news a parent can get from a doctor. His 9-year-old son, Matt, got diagnosed with leukemia. Matt would have to drop out of school and endure a series of difficult chemotherapy treatments. Forkas is not the kind of person to take […]

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I used the phrase “Some of us” this morning to describe a group of people who’d donated to a Kickstarter campaign to fund Brassft Punk, a New Orleans jazz band that performs tracks by techno masters, Daft Punk. Upon reflection, I should have spelled it “Sum of us.” “Some of us” is a sketchy phrase […]

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Here’s an idea: Change your role to fit the scene you find yourself in. A horribly inefficient and limiting behavior we see all the time in business is when people try to play the same role in every single scenario they’re in–when they’re one-dimensional performers. A one-dimensional human being is an oxymoron. Not just any […]

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January’s GameChanger of the Month is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh , who has announced his retirement from directing feature films after the release of his next film, Side Effects. In 24 years, Soderbergh has directed 26 feature films, including Sex, Lies and Videotape; The Limey; Out of Sight; The Informant; Oceans Eleven; and Traffic.  He’s now changing […]

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It’s too obvious not to bring it up: the global interest in the Jeremy Lin narrative underscores again how fast and dramatically the game can change…and how a player like Lin–or you—can create the change and benefit from it when it happens. First, it’s important to point out (again) that people—not events, products, strategies or […]

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