How Assumptions Interfere with Critical Thinking

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“We make decisions based on what we think we know.” – Simon Sinek

There is a common saying about assumptions: when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.

Here’s the hard part: we make assumptions all the time.

One of my all-time favorite games is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. In this game you play as Dracula’s son, Alucard, who enters his father’s castle to stop him from terrorizing humanity. This entry in the CastlevaniaContinue reading

6 Life And Leadership Lessons From The Movie Pixels

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“Looks like all the time spent playing video games has paid off.”

I miss fun movies like I miss arcades. Thankfully, Pixels has a healthy dose of fun, laughs, and arcade nostalgia. A perfect Summer movie it’s lighthearted, comical, and serves as a love letter to those of us who grew up when the latest game was in the arcade, and DLC was not even a glimmer in a developer’s eye.

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TED Talk: How Video Games Empower Real World Success

It was my pleasure to be given the opportunity to speak at TEDxBocaRaton this past March. A special thank you to Becky Woodbridge and the entire team that made this event such an outstanding success!

Please take a few minutes to watch my talk & share with a gamer in your life – then answer this question: “How do YOU think we can best connect the dots?”

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The Book Has Arrived

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After what seems like a lifetime, it is finally here: The paperback version of my book (Kindle version available 3/28).

Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

“This book is a great guide for those who are master gamers at home and wish to be as influential and competent at work. You’ll be amazed at how much you already know and … Continue reading

Replay of Mastering The Game Q & A with GDL Entertainment

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Special thanks to Chris Hatala of GDL Entertainment for having me on his show – he asks some really great questions as we dig into content from Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life – check out the video HERE

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Mastering The Game: Introduction

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I’m so excited to share with you the introduction chapter to my new book – Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life. The full book will be available in March 2015 on Amazon. To stay updated on launch date and more, please subscribe here or on the book’s site: allegamy.com.

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What Final Fantasy Tactics Teaches Us About Leading Teams

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Teams are an essential part of success in organizations, large and small. Are you a manager leading a team of 9 or less employees? I know exactly how challenging it can be to build and maintain a team this size. The larger the team, the more complex it becomes to manage. For smaller teams, I look to one of my favorite turn based strategy games: Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Change Management And Katamari Damacy

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I love the Katamari Damacy Series. It is so quirky and odd, but very accessible and fun to play. Katamari Damacy, We Love Katamari, My and My Katamari, and Katamari Forever are all pretty much the same game. Sure you could argue the difference with me, but the core of each game is the same. The King of All Cosmos in involved with somehow, accidentally destroying all the planets or … Continue reading

What Maniac Mansion Can Teach Us About Teambuilding

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Here is one way that we can look at teams, and the tendency of individuals to choose or fulfill different roles on a team.

A simplified but ideal example of teamwork roles is found in Maniac Mansion.

A parody of science fiction and B movies, Maniac Mansion follows the story of teenager Dave, and two of this friends who are attempting a daring rescue of Dave’s girlfriend Sandy. Sandy has been kidnapped by the … Continue reading