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  • Survivor: Feeding the Fire

    In the long-running TV reality series Survivor, starting and maintaining a fire has always been a fundamental and immediate need. Without the proper tools, merely generating a spark can be... Read More
  • Putting an End to Groundhog Day

    Like Bill Murray in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, every day for some people feels like a repeat of the last. Seemingly no matter what they do, nothing changes. Each day greets them with the same... Read More
  • Justin Bieber, Senior Leaders and “Yes-Men”

    Recently I heard Charles Barkley on ESPN radio, but he wasn't talking basketball. He was talking about Justin Bieber and how Bieber’s life is gradually unraveling. It’s been a slow shaping process... Read More
  • Getting New Employees Game Ready

    The start of the school year is my favorite time of the year because it marks the start of the college football season. While college freshmen have plenty of adjustments to make, freshmen football... Read More
  • Urinal Gamification Misses the Mark

      However inconvenient it might be sometimes, emptying your bladder is inevitable. You might want to do it at the time, especially if the time is the middle of a long road trip, but it’s not... Read More
  • Building Informal Learning Habits

    "There’s no substitute for experience” is a common adage for those who have learned by doing during a long career. Well-designed learning can help close an experience gap, but the expression still... Read More
  • Don’t Ruin My Basketball With Your Mega Millions Jackpot

    WVU Mountaineer play-by-play announcer @TonyCaridi tweeted this morning, “If you won the Mega Millions lottery….what 3 hoop officials would you pay to never work another game?” I thought Tony had hit... Read More
  • Positive Reinforcement Can Kill

    The news media recently reported the death of a man in a gaming café. He had been playing League of Legends for 23 hours. Police suspected that “a combination of tiredness, lack of movement and the... Read More