Hidden In Plain Sight: Mike Tyson’s PunchOut!! Secret for Your Life

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was such a great game to play on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

It had all the right features: detailed graphics, exciting music, responsive controls, and memorable characters (Except the ones that I forgot in this head-to-head Video Game Trivia battle with Wired Editor Chris Kohler).

 Best of all, this game is a ton of fun to play.

While still in our youth, my friend Derek McCloud and I played countless … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Donkey Kong Country on Change

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Back in my day, we used to have REAL gameplay… We didn’t have any of this fancy 3D stuff!

– Cranky Kong

 Dealing with change can be difficult. We prefer what is familiar over what is comfortable. and we prefer what is comfortable over what is better.

It is natural to resist change, especially if you do not understand why the change is happening or if the future seems uncertain.

But change is the new normal.

How will you deal with change as a leader, employee, spouse, or parent? When others are involved, our response to change has a ripple effect. As a leader, we can hold back an entire organization. As an employee, we can derail important initiatives at our organization, as a spouse we can frustrate and alienate our spouse, and as a parent we can exasperate our children.

Change is hard.

But it is required if we ever want to grow or become better.

You don’t become better at anything by staying the same.

Change management is one of the skills that video games teach us. Find out more in Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life. 

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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

Solving World Hunger – Mega Man & Positive Deviance

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What if your largest problem has already been solved?

What if all you needed to do was find the person who is doing it right, and make it easier for them to show others how they do it?

In the field of Organizational Development, some of the things that I routinely stress about are thoughts like:

  • “How do we make ideas stick?”
  • “Once I create a training program, how do we … Continue reading

How Video Games Can Help Us Lead Change. I’m Even Using This Method to Get Out of Debt!

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Debit: Two cars, a house, student loans, Best Buy and two Macy’s credit cards. My wife and I had just accepted the fact that these monthly payments would continue as far as we could see into the future.

Until we were presented with a thought process that challenged us to change our ways. But change is really hard, even when we really, really want to make it happen. Change is needed for … Continue reading