The Four Traits of Warrior Teamwork

If you had to pick four traits for your work team to embody, what would they be?   Collaboration, perhaps?   Cooperation?  Communication?   Surprisingly, when Steve Kerr addressed his group of 14 men before a morning meeting this week, he omitted many of the traditional team characteristics, instead focusing on 4 unconventional…

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Unconventional Guides

  Hi All, Here’s a list of Chris Guillebeau’s products at Unconventional Guides.  They’re all great!     After reading one of his guides to “travel hacking”, I earned 180,000+ frequent flyer miles in just 6 months — and bumped myself up to Premier Elite status!       If…

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Hold Onto Your Saxophone

There’s a great scene in the movie Bird (1988), Clint Eastwood’s biopic of famed jazz man Charlie Parker, in which a young musician goes to a club to hear Parker play.   Bird (as Parker was called) is so naturally gifted that the musician in the audience leaves the club in…

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Gridlock at the Plaza

  When does the puppet-master become the puppet?   Not that often, probably, but that’s exactly what happened to me last month at the annual NASAGA conference.  (NASAGA, by the way, stands for the North American Simulation and Gaming Association — a “network of professionals dedicated to the design, implementation, and…

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Pushing the Envelope

It’s 1987 and I’m living in Shimonoseki, Japan – a non-descript town of 100,000 known primarily for its production of the poisonous delicacy, fugu (blowfish). Although here, ostensibly, to teach English to junior high school students, only I know the real truth.  Inside, I’m Indiana Jones.  I am an adventurer!…

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