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The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play

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by 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, it’s child’s 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

Overview

How do you ignite creativity, problem solving, and risk taking to score big in business? According to bestselling author Kevin Carroll, it’s child’s 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, he explains 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 Godin and Malcolm Gladwell, Food
Network host Duff Goldman, South Bronx activist Majora Carter, renowned author Paulo Coehlo, and many others

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.
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Library Journal

Carroll's diminuitive Rules of the Red Rubber Ball was more a gift book than one for library shelves. Then came his Dr. Seuss-sized What's Your Red Rubber Ball?!Professional speaker and "agent for social change," Carroll (former head athletic trainer, Nike) now brings his red rubber ball to business, with 33 "play profiles" of notable individuals, organized by theme ("Innovations," "Results," "Teamwork," "Leadership," and "Curiosity") to show how achievers from the arts, business, and social activism have each channeled their own variety of "purposeful play" into work success. With annotated suggestions throughout, not just for further reading but for means of "looking" and "doing" that will help guide one's "play" toward success. For public libraries.


—Margaret Heilbrun

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071599443
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
687,069
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Kevin Carroll is founder of the Katalyst
Consultancy and former Head
Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia
76ers. He speaks fifty times a year and consults with industry leaders at Nike, Disney/ESPN, Gap/Old
Navy, Hasbro, Proctor & Gamble,
and Capital One.

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The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kevin Carroll pulls together a fantastic group of professionals at the top of their craft in this book. Each story relates how the value of play learned as a kid can be brought into the workplace, and the benefits that come along with those values. This book is an easy read with tangible and simple concepts to take-away.

Kevin has an amazing story & resume as well, if you ever have the time to listen to it, I highly recommend it.