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Tom Guarriello
I'm Chief Idea Officer of TrueTalk, Inc., a management consulting firm, and co-founder of
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That's global football star David Beckham in the photo. You know Beckham, right? It's hard to be a sports fan and not at least know the name. But you don't have to care about sports to recognize Beckham. His Wikipedia page is a lengthy testimonial to a 35 year-old who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at Minding Sports
That's Elizabeth the Second, Queen of England, delivering her annual Christmas Broadcast. If you take the seven or so minutes to listen to Her Majesty, you'll hear what for me was an unexpected message: the cooperation that is vital for civilization to thrive (and which produced the now-Standard King James... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Minding Sports
Yes, that is Shaquille O'Neal at the podium, conducting the Boston Pops in concert earlier this week. Photo by Michele McDonald for the New York Times. The relationship between athletes and their teams' cities is complicated. Most are likened to Itinerant mercenaries who'll play anywhere for top dollar. Most fans... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at Minding Sports
That's a still from an online video that demonstrates how reading the sports page gives you an instant lens on modern culture and psychology. Those feet are purported to belong to Michelle Ryan, wife of New York Jets' coach Rex for the last 23 years. If you watch the video... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Minding Sports
That's NY Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, photographed by the NYTimes' Ben Solomon. A second-year quarterback, Sanchez has been struggling recently. He's led his team to a 9-4 record, second best in their division. They're among the AFC leaders. Not good enough. The Jets have lost two straight, their offense sputtering.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Minding Sports
This is a blog inspired by a book. This book. That's David Goldblatt's extraordinary work, The Ball Is Round, which chronicles the global history of what the rest of the world calls "football" and what we Americans call "soccer." The fact that this game, played by more than a billion... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Minding Sports
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Mar 15, 2010
I certainly enjoyed taking the journey with you on Saturday via Twitter. Culturematic success story, for sure!
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As hard as listening is, it's the easiest part of the process. Determining meaning is harder (it's collaborative and ambiguous, so that makes it hard). Having a culture that supports those two activities is the hardest of all. Changing from having a culture that doesn't to one that does is extraordinarily difficult. As Bruce said in his video, that's where most organizations fall short, sometimes fatally.
This movement reminds me of another that's beginning to gain momentum: Results Only Work Environments (ROWE). I think we will see more institutions of all kinds understand the futility of space/time specific activities and adapt to the world in which we all now live: boundaryless/always-on. Or be supplanted by new institutions that do.
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Wasn't this the theme of the Wizard of Oz? Not to mention Vaihinger's philosophy of the "as if"? Oh, and AA's mantra: "fake it 'til you make it"? An odd trifecta! Anyway, acting the way we want to become and then becoming what we've acted is pivotal to change and success. And, I want to cast still another vote for cover #1!
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Wonderful conversation. Thanks, Grant.
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Just catching up. Mildly ironic dismissals (see, WTF?) are fun. They also provides us with hostility-deniability cover (meeting our need for affiliation) while still asserting our superiority over another (ditto for need for power), all while sounding resoundingly clever (need for achievement). Bingo: "really?" is a motivational need-meeting trifecta!
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I await the call! Getting my Mickey Mouse/Spiderman t-shirts laundered at this moment!
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This is one of my recent favorites, Laura. Stellar! (or, Stella...we report, you decide).
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2009 on Why I'm Not in Politics at blaugra
Oh, the folks in Dumbo are gonna love Jeni's. We live in Connecticut but my daughter is in Ohio and introduced us to the world's best ice cream several years ago. Glad to see they're starting with only 6 flavors 'cause their obviously well-managed production system will be taxed by this first extra-Columbus effort. My bet is they'll do a great job.
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Wow. This is the first blog of yours I've ever read and it blew me away. Very true-to-life description of the conflicts we live day-to-day as parents in today's world. I'm a psychologist but I'm not familiar with Mr. (Dr.?) Kohn's work. What I found fascinatingly refreshing was your fair-minded assessment of his approach (not resorting to stereotypical polemics) and the way integrated it into your own parenting style, with very positive results. Very nice.
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