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The Red Rubber Ball at Work : Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Playby Kevin Carroll
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How do you ignite creativity, problem solving, and risk taking to score big in business? According to bestselling author Kevin Carroll, its childs play!
Former 76ers athletic trainer Kevin Carroll, has turned his childhood passion for playing ball into a bestselling franchise. In this fun and thoughtful follow-up to his bestselling Rules of the Red Rubber Ball (2007), Carroll switches the playing field to the workplace,where innovation, motivation, engagement, and teamwork are the headline issues. Drawing on “play profiles” from thought leaders, change agents, and business leaders, heexplains how to bring a sense of play into the workplace to stimulate creativity, encourage risk-taking, achieve goals--and have a great time doing it.
Fully illustrated, with 31 profiles of successful“players” including ESPN president George Bodenheimer, bestselling authors Seth Grodin and Malcolm Gladwell, FoodNetwork host Duff Goldman, South Bronx activist Majora Carter, renowned author Paulo Coehlo, and many others
"This entertaining, pocket-sized book builds on Carroll's self-help series with profiles of 33 successful workers who illustrate the value of 'productive play' (as opposed to 'playful play,' not serious enough for work). Most of the subjects are in fields where the value of play is obvious: 12 are artists or performers, 11 are in design and marketing, and six are founders of public interest organizations. Advice from a professional wrestler, alchemist, graffiti artist, futurist or 'director of user experience' may not apply to readers with more conventional jobs, but most people will be able to identify with at least a handful of subjects. Though the larger lesson seems to be self-apparent (the way to have fun at work is to choose a playful career), the book is nevertheless inspiring and clever, with a lively layout and energetic writing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
In this petite volume with a thick binding and a truly rubber "red rubber ball" peeking out of the cover, Carroll, a consultant on creativity in corporate pursuits, describes how the skills developed and applied during childhood play can be useful in getting a business edge. Through interviews with playful business personalities, he applies the principal to the areas of innovation, results, teamwork, leadership, and curiosity. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Former athletic-trainer Carroll has turned his childhood passion for playing ball into a bestselling franchise. In this fun and thoughtful follow-up to his bestselling "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," Carroll switches the playing field for the workplace.
About the Author
Kevin Carroll is founder of the KatalystConsultancy and former HeadAthletic Trainer for the Philadelphia76ers. He speaks fifty times a yearand consults with industry leadersat Nike, Disney/ESPN, Gap/OldNavy, Hasbro, Proctor and Gamble,and Capital One.
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