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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



This was THE first poster I made. It’s the poster that “started it all.” It was a hot July day in the second summer of my company’s life and the surf was calling my name. Having my boogie board and all my gear stored in my production studio made it even more difficult not to answer the call. I caved. I grabbed a greeting card graphic that I wasn’t going to use and scrawled SOME DAYS ARE SIMPLY MEANT FOR PLAYING. When I came in for work the following day I had several “orders” pushed under my door for “that poster in the window.” A product that’s all over the globe was born…all because I followed my impulse to play. How about you – Got Play?

Interested in play as a viable corporate concept? Look from Kevin Carroll's WHAT'S YOUR RED RUBBER BALL? to the Brain Gym concept to MOVING FROM STRATEGIC PLANNING TO STORYTELLING by Roger Martin, to find studied professionals telling us how important play is to our successful day.

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